Audio: In Memoriam: Rabbi Joseph Ehrenkranz

Rabbi Joe was an Orthodox Rabbi and scholar who built bridges between religions and ethnic groups.
3/30/2014, 6:27 PM

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My first mentor in the rabbinate was Rabbi Joseph Ehrenkranz, of Congregation Agudath Sholom in Stamford, Connecticut. I served for 7 years as assistant then associate Rabbi. Rabbi Joe was an Orthodox Rabbi and scholar who built bridges between religions and ethnic groups. A passionate advocate for peace and tolerance, he advanced not only Christian-Jewish dialogue by visiting Pope John Paul II 8 times, but also Black-Jewish relations in his community and in the region. His visit to meet with Egypt's President Anwar Sadat in 1977 became a catalyst for the long-standing peace accord between Egypt and Israel. Rabbi Joe became a symbol of a pillar of derech eretz- respect and dignity for one another, tolerance of and respect for differences, and joining together to create the best Messianic vision on earth. He was a giant; may his memory be for a blessing.

The current Rabbi of Agudath Sholom, Daniel Cohen, joins me on the air to share his thoughts about the passing of this gifted orator, teacher, leader and friend.

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Keep that derech eretz thing going, my friends, and have a great week, Shalom!

Rabbi Elan Adler served as a pulpit Rabbi for 25 years in Stamford, Ct and Baltimore, Md prior to making aliyah in 2010. Rabbi Adler received his Smicha from Yeshiva University, had the privilege of being an aide to Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik for two years, was an activist Rabbi in support of Israel and aliyah, and served as the President of the Baltimore Board of Rabbis. During his tenure as a Rabbi, he was known for being an engaging speaker and teacher, never failing to make easy connections with Jewish people as well as the non-Jewish and African American community. While serving congregations, he was appreciated for being welcoming, embracing of all people, and bringing congregants closer to their Jewish heritage. For more information on Rabbi Adler visit
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