(Extensions of Remarks - June 11, 2014)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Pages E953-E954]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]



                          HON. ELIOT L. ENGEL

                              of new york

                    in the house of representatives

                        Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  Mr. ENGEL. Mr. Speaker, the Riverdale Jewish Center has fostered 
spiritual development and sought to nurture strong bonds between the 
Shul and the greater Riverdale community for 60 years. Anchored by his 
wife Tzipporah, Rabbi Dr. Jonathan Rosenblatt has been at the helm of 
the RJC for nearly 30 years, and their guidance can be felt throughout 
the lives of those whom they have touched.
  Rabbi Rosenblatt is a true scholar. He was ordained by the Rabbi 
Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University in 1982 after 
having studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Israel. Rabbi Rosenblatt 
earned both a B.A. and M.A. in Comparative Literature from Johns 
Hopkins and a PhD in Modern British Literature from Columbia 
  Rabbi Rosenblatt has invested in the next generation of Jewish 
leaders, by training and mentoring young Rabbis. Under this direction,

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RJC is now a major training center for Rabbinic interns. Rabbi 
Rosenblatt is also an instructor at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan 
Theological Seminary (RIETS), as well as programs in Israel that train 
Rabbis to serve in Jewish communities throughout the world.
  He was the first Orthodox Rabbi to serve on the UJA-Federation 
National Young Leadership Cabinet, and has lectured widely in the 
United States, the United Kingdom, Israel, and South Africa. Rabbi 
Rosenblatt also directs Spiritual Care at the Jack and Mollie Zicklin 
Jewish Hospice in Riverdale.
  Tzipporah Twersky Rosenblatt developed a love and passion for Jewish 
faith and culture at a very young age. Her late father Isadore Twersky 
was a renowned rabbinical scholar who later taught at his alma mater, 
Harvard University. Tzipporah is a noted trusts and estates attorney 
who is very active in the RJC community. Together, the Rosenblatts have 
four children.
  My connection to the Rosenblatts is personal. Rabbi Rosenblatt is a 
dear friend who was a great comfort to both me and my family after my 
mother passed away. Rabbi Rosenblatt is truly one of the kindest and 
most sensitive people whom I have met. He has never proven otherwise, 
in each and every encounter we have had.
  The Riverdale Jewish Center is fortunate to have Rabbi Rosenblatt at 
the helm of the Shul, and I am fortunate to call him my friend.