Rabbi Fishman

Rabbi Fishman has been the religious leader of Ohr Kodesh Congregation since 1984. He served the Greenburgh Hebrew Center in Dobbs Ferry, New York, before that.




He graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with honors in his major, religious studies. He spent his junior year at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. After college he attended The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York from which he received a Master's degree in Hebrew Literature and then rabbinical ordination. While there he received several academic awards. He also served on the faculty of JTS.
He taught at the Herzl Institute of New York during the years he served as a rabbi in the New York area.
In recent years he was valedictorian of the Shalom Hartman Institute Rabbinic Leadership Institute 2002-2005, a select program of continuing education for rabbis.
He has taught Jewish texts extensively in Ohr Kodesh and for The Foundation for Jewish Studies.


Rabbi Fishman authored "Why Did Nadav and Avihu Die?" for the Proceedings of the Rabbinical Assembly 1989 and "The Value Base of Jewish Family Life Education: A Rabbinic View" in "A Generation of Service: History of the Department on Religious Affairs 1952-1982" (1982).

Community Involvement

Rabbi Fishman is a member of the Rabbinical Assembly of America and was founder and first president of its Westchester-Rockland (NY) region. While in the New York area, he served the overall Jewish community in several key capacities. In addition to serving the members of Ohr Kodesh, Rabbi Fishman has taken an active role in the Greater Washington Jewish Community. He serves as a board member of the Greater Washington United Jewish Communities and helped to create the Washington Chevra Chapter to foster a better interchange of ideas among community rabbis. He is a member of the National Rabbinic Cabinet of UJA and a member of the Board of Governors of the New York Board of Rabbis.

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Ohr Kodesh Congregation

8300 Meadowbrook Lane
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Phone: (301) 589-3880
Fax:  (301) 495-4801

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