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Meet Our Spiritual Leadership



Our Spiritual Leadership team is headed by Rabbi Shaul Robinson, who attained smicha from the Joseph Straus Rabbinical Seminary (part of Ohr Torah Stone).

The team also features Assistant Rabbi- Rabbi Yoni Zolty, Community Scholar- Rabbanit Mindy Schwartz Zolty, Beginners Rabbi- Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald, Chazzan Yanky Lemmer, Assistant Chazzan- Chazzan Yisroel Lesches, Yoetzet Halacha- Shiffy Friedman, and Rabbinic Intern- Tzvi Benoff.

Rabbi Shaul Robinson

Rabbi Yoni Zolty, Assistant Rabbi & Rabbanit Mindy Schwartz Zolty, Community Scholar

Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald, Beginners' Program Rabbi

Yanky Lemmer, Chazzan

Jake Nussbaum, Chazzan Intern 

Yisroel Lesches, Assistant Chazzan 

Rabbinic Intern, Tzvi Benoff

Rabbinic Intern, Efraim Tepler

Sherwood ("The Chaz") Goffin z"l, Founding Chazzan

Senior Rabbi, 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 or (212) 874-6100 ext. 613.

Rabbi Yoni Zolty, Assistant Rabbi & Rabbanit Mindy Schwartz Zolty, Community Scholar

Rabbi Yoni Zolty, Assistant Rabbi

Yoni Zolty studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion for 2 years and multiple summers. He graduated from Columbia University with a dual B.A. in Physics and in English. He is currently in his last year of semicha at Yeshiva University. He was previously a Rabbinic Intern at Cong. Ohab Zedek and the Young Israel of Plainview. He has served as a Ba’al Koreh for LSS for the last five years and is looking forward to expanding his role and engaging with the wider LSS community. In his free time Yoni enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, biking, rock climbing and playing tennis. You can reach Rabbi Zolty at

Rabbanit Mindy Schwartz Zolty, Community Scholar

Mindy Schwartz Zolty is a graduate of Yeshiva University’s Graduate Program in Advanced Talmudic Studies (GPATS) and a Wexner Fellow/Davidson Scholar. Mindy holds a B.A. in Judaic Studies and Art History from Stern College for Women. Before starting as the Community Intern at Lincoln Square in 2019 she served as the Adult and Teen Educator for Congregation Keter Torah in Teaneck and as a lecturer and group leader at Congregation Ohab Zedek on the Upper West Side. In her free time Mindy volunteers as a crisis counselor for Crisis Textline and as a hotline operator for the National Eating Disorder Association. You can reach the Rabbanit at

Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald, 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 5000* locations across North America, and in 41* 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 250,000 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 1,621,193* 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

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

You can find our Chazzan Schedule here

Assistant Chazzan,Yisroel Lesches


Our Assistant Chazzan Yisroel Lesches has a modern, engaging approach to cantorial music and is noted for his unique davening style that combines stirring melodies with the traditional cantorial sound.

Born in Sydney, Australia and surrounded by synagogues with first-class cantors and choirs, Yisroel received a background in cantorial music from an early age. In 2008 he began a decade of intense vocal study with acclaimed bel canto pedagogist Miriam Jaskierowicz Arman, who molded his signature vocal sound. In 2016, he joined our shul as Cantorial Intern, where he received mentoring and guidance from our Founding Cantor Sherwood Goffin, faculty member of the Belz School of Jewish Music at Yeshiva University. In 2017 he was appointed Assistant Cantor.

As a cantor, Yisroel has led services at synagogues across the United States. He is currently working with noted jazz arranger and pianist Adam Podd on The Synagogue Sessions, an online content series aimed at bringing modern cantorial music to a wider audience.
To learn more, you can visit his website or explore his music channel. Yisroel can be reached at Our chazzan schedule is available here.

Rabbinic Intern, Tzvi Benoff

Tzvi Benoff is a fourth-year smicha student at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) and a Wexner Graduate Fellow. He graduated from Yeshiva University’s Honors Program with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Quantitative Economics and History and is currently a graduate student at Fordham University studying Political Economy and Finance. Tzvi learnt for two years in Israel at Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh and previously served as a UJA Graduate Fellow and Rabbinic Intern at Congregation Beth Sholom (Lawrence, NY), Congregation Adereth El (New York City), and the Shenk Community Shul (New York City). In his free time, he enjoys swimming, writing music, and playing tennis.

Efraim Tepler, Rabbinic Intern

Efraim Tepler is a fourth-year semicha student at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) and a Wexner Semicha Honors fellow. He graduated from Yeshiva University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Efraim studied for two years in Israel at Yeshivat Hakotel. He spent his first two summers after yeshiva creating new features for the online Torah platform Mercava. In particular, he spearheaded the flowchart project that allows the user to visually depict the back and forth of the Talmud. Efraim delivers various shiurim and chaburot in his hometown community New Rochelle, where he also served as a teen minyan director. In his free time, Efraim enjoys learning Torah and playing basketball and tennis.


Founding Cantor, Sherwood Goffin z"l      ("The Chaz")

Cantor Goffin began his years of service with Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, founding Rabbi of LSS, in 1965. During this time, he 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 was the first and only Principal of the LSS Feldman Hebrew School since 1965, and gave 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 had 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 considered 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 was a faculty member of the Belz School of Jewish Music at Yeshiva University, where he taught college-level classes in Jewish Liturgy and folk music. In this position he taught a new generation of young cantors/Baalei Tefilla who will carry on the tradition he loved deeply and to which he was dedicated. He was the Honorary President of the Cantorial Council of America, the only Orthodox organization of cantors in the world, an affiliate of Yeshiva University. 

The LSS community mourned the passing of our beloved Chaz on the 27th of Adar, 04/03/19. Chazzan Goffin was the constant and beloved presence in our Shul for over 50 years, who held us together in good times and bad. His sincerity, piety, spirituality and pure neshama are missed by the thousands of people who were led by him in davening, taught by him in the Hebrew School or for Bar/Bat Mitzvah and whom he inspired simply by his being. The Chaz created an inspirational atmosphere, a "davening" that, in no small measure, helped build LSS and its international reputation as one of the leading synagogues of our times. Our hearts and prayers will forever be with his beloved wife, Batya, his children and grandchildren who have all become a fabric of our LSS community.

You can visit The Chaz's website here

Please click here to watch The Chaz's memorial service which took place in commemoration of his first yahrzeit.

May his memory be for an eternal Blessing.

Mon, September 20 2021 14 Tishrei 5782