Mar 20, 2014
Rabbi Steven Pruzansky is the spiritual leader of Congregation Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck, New Jersey. His congregation of more than 550 families is in the heart of one of the most vibrant centers of Orthodox Jewish life today. Rabbi Pruzansky has served his present community since 1994. Previously, Rabbi Pruzansky served as the spiritual leader of Congregation Etz Chaim in Kew Gardens Hills, New York for nine years. While in New York, Rabbi Pruzansky served a two-year term as President of the Vaad Harabonim (Rabbinical Board) of Queens. Presently, he serves as the President of the Rabbinical Board of Bergen County,
Rabbi Pruzansky graduated from Columbia University in 1978 with a B.A. in History, and received a Juris Doctor degree from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law in 1981. He practiced law for 13 years as a general practitioner and litigator in New York City until assuming his current pulpit. Rabbi Pruzansky studied in yeshivot in Israel and the United States, and was ordained at Yeshiva Bnei Torah of Far Rockaway, New York under the guidance of Rabbi Yisrael Chait, shlit"a.
Rabbi Pruzansky is respected not only for his leadership of his congregation but also for his efforts on behalf of the broader Jewish community. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America. He is a trustee serving on the Board of the Beth Din of America. He served as the American co-spokesman for the International Rabbinic Coalition for Israel. He served on the Board of Directors of the Jerusalem Reclamation Project, and received their Rabbinic Leadership Award at their 1995 Jerusalem Day banquet. He presently is on the Board of Directors of Pro Israel and the One Israel Fund, and received the latter's Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Kook Rabbinic Leadership Award at their 1997 Unity Dinner. He has also been honored by the Orthodox Union, the Bet El Yeshiva Center located in Bet El, Israel, Ezras Torah, and several other Jewish and community organizations. He is the author of "A Prophet for Today: Contemporary Lessons of the Book of Yehoshua"
, "Judges for our Time: Contemporary Lessons from the Book of Shoftim"
, and the forthcoming "Tzadka Mimeni: The Jewish Ethic of Personal Responsibility"
, all published by Gefen Books and available at www.israelbooks.com
. Other writings and lectures are available at www.rabbipruzansky.com
When asked what he is most proud of having achieved in his position as Rabbi, he insists that he most enjoys provoking thought and stimulating discussion of Torah ideas through his Divrei Torah. Rabbi Pruzansky is also proud of having helped create a Torah Center in Bnai Yeshurun and having the shul become a hub of activity seven days a week.
Rabbi Pruzansky resides in Teaneck, NJ with his wife Karen (Hausdorff), a speech-language pathologist. He is the proud father of their four children: Ayelet and Shmuly Katz, who live in Israel, Tamar and Rabbi Ari Ginsberg, Dina and Hillel Weingarten who live in Israel, and Ari and Lauren Pruzansky, and the equally proud grandfather of twelve grandchildren.