Rabbi Aaron L. Raskin
Rabbi Aaron L. Raskin, a dynamic and charismatic leader, hails from a long line of prominent rabbis. His grandfather, Rabbi Jacob J. Hecht, served as the official translator to the Lubavitcher Rebbe.
Rabbi Raskin came to Brooklyn Heights in September of 1988 to co-found Congregation B’nai Avraham and serve as its spiritual leader. As an emissary of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, he inspires his community that includes prominent judges, lawyers, doctors and community leaders, with his elegant, poignant, ethical and spiritual guidance.
Rabbi Raskin is the author of: Thank You G-D for Making Me a Woman: the Role of the Jewish Woman in the 21st Century, Letters of Light; A Mystical Journey Through the Hebrew Alphabet, By Divine Design: The Kabbalah of Large Small and Missing Letters in the Parshah, Guardian of Israel: Miracle Stories of Tefillin and Mezuzah, and the co-author of The Rabbi & The CEO: The 10 Commandments for 21st Century Leaders.
Rabbi Raskin has spoken on all five continents, and teaches frequent classes on a variety of topics. More than 300 classes have been recorded and webcast on Jewish.TV and on his Youtube Channel, attracting thousands of viewers worldwide each week.
As Congregation B’nai Avraham has and continues to develop into a center of jewish life, Rabbi Raskin turned his attention to the future. With his deep sense of connection and commitment to Jewish survival he endeavored to extend his powerful Jewish experiences by opening the Brooklyn Heights Jewish Academy, a day school to serve local families of the local area, providing quality Jewish Education, without the need to travel distances. Three years later, BHJA continues to grow to new heights.
CEO and Founder of Kiddie Korner Preschool and Co-Founder of BHJA.Shternie Raskin grew up in Crown Heights in a prominent Chabad home. In 1990, Shternie married Rabbi Aaron L. Raskin, the Rabbi and spiritual leader of Congregation B’nai Avraham. Together they started Chabad Lubavitch of Brooklyn Heights, an organization which services the vast amount of Jewish families in the Downtown Brooklyn area. In 1991, Shternie opened up Kiddie Korner Preschool as a Project of the Chabad Lubavitch of Brooklyn Heights, in an effort to bring Judaic studies, and education in general, to the growing Jewish population in Downtown Brooklyn. Shternie functioned as a teacher and a director for the Preschool during its first ten years, while studying education in Touro College and raising her three young boys. Kiddie Korner Preschool grew rapidly as the Chabad Organization grew and attracted new families to join the vibrant Jewish community Shternie and Rabbi Raskin had created.
In 2015, Shternie and Rabbi Aaron Raskin set out on a new venture and opened up Brooklyn Heights Jewish Academy. The Academy started with 6 families and worked out of the Kiddie Korner Building. In 2017, The Academy had grown to 12 families and moved to its current building at 81 Atlantic Ave. At present, Kiddie Korner Preschool services over 150 families per year and BHJA close to 50 families. The Chabad Lubavitch of Brooklyn Heights has over 300 members, a dream that became reality due to the tireless efforts of Shternie and Rabbi Aaron L. Raskin.
Shternie Raskin is the ‘woman of valor’ as described by her husband Rabbi Aaron L. Raskin. The merit of her hard work and vision brought forth a whole network of Jewish life and education to the our Community. Shternie is raising her children with these values and her 6 children are living this embodiment of devotion to the community, each and every one of them giving themselves to continue their parent’s vision. Shternie continues leading Kiddie Korner Preschool and now BHJA and looks forward to further expand jewish life in Brooklyn Heights.
Rabbi Yeshayahu E. Greenfeld
We are grateful and honored to have Rabbi Yeshayahu E. Greenfeld join as our Educational Director.
Rabbi Greenfeld is a widely respected leader in the world of Jewish education and is known far and wide for his golden heart, brilliant mind, professionalism, and strong leadership abilities. With fifty years of experience in this field, he has served as principal and dean in several large and prestigious day schools, including the North Shore Hebrew Academy, Yeshiva Rambam, and Yeshiva of Flatbush. Rabbi Greenfeld is a highly seasoned educator, with expertise in curriculum development, teacher mentorship, and the development of a warm and inspiring learning environment.
Since joining BHJA, Rabbi Greenfeld has thoroughly enhanced the atmosphere and educational level of our academy. His leadership style is one of deep warmth, love, and gentle motivation. He inspires all those around him to strive to reach their full potential. He is nurturing a positive and united school environment where teachers are inspired to teach, students love to learn, and parents enjoy being partners with the professional staff.
To know him is to love him. He is extraordinarily gifted in connecting to each student, staff member, and parent, in a sensitive, and heartfelt manner – with respect and kindness. He leads by setting a positive and healthy example and is a respected and admirable role model to all.