Rabbinic Leadership

Rabbi Dovid Schwartz, Rav (Sabbatical 5782)

Rabbi Dovid Schwartz came to Providence in 2004 to become a founding member of the Providence Community Kollel, having received his semicha from the Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore, MD.  He developed many warm relationships with members of the Providence community, and became Rabbi of the newly formed Congregation Sha'arei Tefilla in 2009.

The Shul's growth is directly attributable to Rabbi Schwartz's constant care, reaching out to all, encouraging each person, each family to work on their avodas Hashem (service of G-d), to set and achieve goals in Torah and mitzvos.

Although Rabbi Schwartz is on Sabbatical this year,  he is quite involved with the Shul and community; he is giving classes on Zoom and can be reached for questions. 

Rabbi Raphie Schochet, Interim Rav

Rabbi Schochet is the head of the Community Kollel, as well as the Rabbinic Coordinator of RI Kosher.  He is serving as the Interim Rav for this year - giving classes, speaking on Shabbos, and being there for us.  He is known for his "Judaism on Fire" approach, as he encourages everyone to serve Hashem with feeling.