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Meet our Clergy

Meet our Clergy

Our Clergy team is headed by Scottish-born Rabbi Shaul Robinson, who attained smicha from the Joseph Straus Rabbinical Seminary (part of Ohr Torah Stone). The team also features Senior Chazzan Sherwood Goffin, Chazzan Yanky Lemmer, Assistant Rabbi Josh Rosenfeld, Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald, and Rabbinic Intern Ben Elton.

Rabbi Shaul Robinson

Cantor Sherwood (The Chaz) Goffin

Chazzan Yanky Lemmer

Rabbi Josh Rosenfeld, Assistant Rabbi

Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald, Rabbi/Beginners' Program

Rabbi Dr. Ben Elton, Rabbinic Intern

Rabbi Shaul Robinson 


Rabbi Shaul Robinson took up the position of Senior Rabbi at Lincoln Square Synagogue on September 1, 2005. Rabbi Robinson was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1967 and earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Economics and Political Science at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland. He was also awarded a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with Distinction from the University of Nottingham, England. His MBA focused on the management of Not-for-Profit institutions and his dissertation was titled "The Working Lives of Rabbis". 

Rabbi Robinson attended Yeshivat HaMivtar and the Joseph Straus Rabbinic Seminary in Efrat for seven years where he studied under Rabbi Chaim Brovender and Rabbi Shlomo Riskin. He attained semicha from the Joseph Straus Rabbinical Seminary (part of Ohr Torah Stone). His semichas were awarded by The Chief Rabbinate of Israel, Rabbi Riskin and Rabbi Brovender, and also by Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. He also undertook one year of professional training in Practical Rabbinics at Yad AviHaYishuv (Rothschild Foundation) in Jerusalem . 

After graduation from Strathclyde, Rabbi Robinson spent a year as the National Secretary of the Union of Jewish Students, which combined fieldwork on behalf of Jewish students with the publication and coordination of educational materials. 

Rabbi Robinson met his wife, Sarah, while in Israel and they married in 1992. Following that, he was appointed the first ever full-time Rabbi for Jewish Students at Cambridge University, England, where he and Sarah lived for 3 years with their children, Avrami and Esther. In 1997, the Robinsons moved to Barnet Synagogue, England, where he took up a part-time role and before becoming the full-time Rabbi in 1998. Over the years, the Robinsons welcomed four more daughters - Chaya in 1998, Ariela in 2000, and twins, Tova and Tehilla in 2003. During his time at Barnet, Rabbi Robinson also served as Director of the Centre for Rabbinic Development - where he set up and directed the first ever "Department for Professional Rabbinic Development" in the UK . He was also Executive Director of "Encounter" - the organization that runs the UK 's largest Orthodox Adult Education Event.

You can contact Rabbi Robinson at rabbi@lss.org or (212) 874-6100 extension 613.

Cantor Sherwood (The Chaz) Goffin

Cantor Goffin began his years of service with Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, founding Rabbi of LSS, in 1965. During this time, he has created a unique LSS musical atmosphere, that blends the best of contemporary and traditional Jewish melodies, into a service that is true to the time-honored musical chant that is the essence of the centuries-old synagogue tradition. 

Honored with "Cantor for Life" tenure in 1986, Cantor Goffin has been the first and only Principal of the LSS Feldman Hebrew School since 1965, and gives various LSS Adult Education classes in the evening, as well as a full program of Bar and Bat Mitzvah training.

For thirty-five years Cantor Goffin was one of America’s first and foremost artists in the world of contemporary Jewish Music from 1961 to 1995, recording seven popular albums and appearing as a Hebrew Folksinger/guitarist at venues in most major cities in North America, as well as in South Africa and Israel, until he voluntarily “retired” from the concert stage to enter the world of academia. From 1964-1990 he was recognized as the “Voice of Soviet Jewry,” singing at all the massive Soviet Jewry U.N. “Solidarity Day” rallies. He has appeared in the major concert halls of the US and Canada, such as Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and devoted more than twenty-seven years to music programs at NCSY National Conventions and voluntarily working with teenagers at NCSY and Yeshiva U. Seminars. It was those years of working with teenage “outreach” that he considers to be the most satisfying part of his music career, second only to the thrill of participating in building his synagogue from a small one-room shul to one of the largest and most famous in America.

Cantor Goffin is a faculty member of the Belz School of Jewish Music at Yeshiva University, where he teaches college-level classes in Jewish Liturgy and folk music. In this position he teaches a new generation of young cantors/Baalei Tefilla who will carry on the tradition he loves deeply and to which he is dedicated. He is the Honorary President of the Cantorial Council of America, the only Orthodox organization of cantors in the world, an affiliate of Yeshiva University. 

We welcome you to join us on a Friday evening or Saturday morning in the main synagogue, to experience the inspirational atmosphere created by the voice and melodies of Cantor Sherwood Goffin, a "davening" that has in no small measure helped build LSS and its international reputation as one of the leading synagogues of our times. 

Please visit my website.

You can contact the Chaz at chaz@lss.org or (212) 874-6100 extension 112.

You can find our Chazzan schedule here

Chazzan Yanky Lemmer

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Chazzan Yaakov “Yanky” Lemmer is one of the leading young cantors on the cantorial horizon. His beautiful lyric tenor voice, dramatic color, and precise coloratura have garnered him universal praise among his peers and connoisseurs, alike.

He began his singing career as the star soloist of the Young Israel of Bethel Choir, where world renowned Cantor Ben Zion Miller took him under his private tutelage. Yaakov earned a scholarship to the Belz School of Jewish Music at Yeshiva University, where he studied with Cantors Joseph Malovany and Bernard Beer. He also studied with cantorial legend Cantor Noach Schall, and has won a scholarship for vocal training in N.Y.C.

As an internationally renowned concert artist, Yaakov is in constant demand on the concert stage, as well as synagogues, thrilling audiences throughout the world. He has appeared at Tel Aviv‘s Mann Auditorium with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Dr. Mordechai Sobol, and has been featured throughout the United States, England, and at various European Culture Festivals. He has also officiated at some of the world’s most prominent pulpits throughout the world. His repertoire spans many genres and languages, including traditional Hebrew liturgy, Yiddish folk, Opera, Broadway, Israeli, and more.

Read my blog or visit my website to learn more about me.

You can contact Chazzan Yanky Lemmer at ylemmer@lss.org.

You can find our Chazzan Schedule here

Assistant Rabbi Josh Rosenfeld

Josh Rosenfeld studied for two years in Yeshivat Hakotel, and received a BA with Honors in English Literature from Yeshiva University and an MS ed. from the Azrilei Graduate School. He served as a company sharpshooter in the 605th Combat Engineers in the IDF as a ‘Lone Soldier’ through the Second Lebanon War.

He received Semikha from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, and is on the Judaic Studies Faculty at SAR High School in Riverdale.

He is married to Chani, an RN in Memorial Sloan-Kettering, and they can usually be found enjoying their free time with their beautiful daughter Sofia, traveling to Israel, Switzerland, India, hiking, skiing, scuba diving, cooking, and enjoying the outdoors.

Texts and sources from Josh's classes and lectures can be found here: https://www.scribd.com/Shuaros

You can contact Josh at jrosenfeld@lss.org, and Chani at ckschwed@gmail.com

Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald, Rabbi/Beginners' Program 

Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald is one of the leaders in the movement of Jewish return in America today. He has pioneered and developed many of the most dramatic and effective outreach programs in this country.

Ordained at Yeshiva University, where he was a student of Rabbi Dr. J. B. Soloveitchik, Rabbi Buchwald served from 1973 for 15 years as the Director of Education at Lincoln Square Synagogue in New York, which, during his tenure, became one of the largest and most successful centers for adult Jewish education programs in America. He also established and coordinated Lincoln Square's celebrated outreach program. Since 1975, Rabbi Buchwald has led the now-renowned "Beginners Service," a special Shabbat service for people with little or no synagogue experience.

In July of 1987, Rabbi Buchwald founded the National Jewish Outreach Program. NJOP sponsors the acclaimed Shabbat Across America/Canada and Read Hebrew America/Canada campaigns, establishes Beginners Services and offers the Turn Friday Night Into Shabbat, Passover Across America and Sukkot Across America programs, as well as free "Crash Courses" in Hebrew Reading, Basic Judaism and Jewish History. These programs are now hosted by more than 4,750 locations across North America, and in 39 countries worldwide. NJOP also has an extensive presence on the web. NJOP’s “JewishTweets” was the first Jewish presence on Twitter, and has become Twitter’s most highly-followed Jewish newswire, generating more than 450,000 impressions daily. “Jewish Treats,” NJOP’s enormously popular email, offers “Juicy bits of Judaism, daily,” on diverse Jewish topics.

Through these much admired programs and the innovative Jewish consciousness-raising advertising campaigns, NJOP has successfully reached more than 1,323,000* North American Jews and engaged them in Jewish life.

In May 2001, Rabbi Buchwald was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Yeshiva University in recognition of his pioneering outreach work. He has been included in the Forward 50, a list of America’s 50 most influential Jews and Newsweek’s list of the top 50 Rabbis in America.

Rabbi Buchwald was Founding President of the Association for Jewish Outreach Professionals (AJOP). He lectures across the country and overseas, and leads experiential programs in cities throughout the world. He and his wife Aidel, reside in New York City, and are the proud parents of four children and a growing number of grandchildren.

You can contact Rabbi Buchwald at ezb@lss.org

Rabbi Dr Ben Elton, Rabbinic Intern

Ben Elton was born in Manchester, England. He was educated at Cambridge University (MA) and London University (PhD). He learned at Yeshivat Darche Noam in 2004 and is now in his third year at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah.

After a first career in the Civil Service in London, he came to New York in 2011 and joined Lincoln Square Synagogue in September 2013. He received semicha from Rabbi David Bigman, Rosh Yeshiva of Maale Gilboa, in February 2014.

In addition to his rabbinic activity, he is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University. He has published and spoken widely on Jewish religious history, and hopes to combine a pulpit rabbinate with academic work. 

You can contact Ben at belton@lss.org

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