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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Phd Study on Preparing for Yom Tov (Please Participate)

My friend, David Richels is a doctoral candidate, at Old Dominion University, in Norfolk, VA. For his dissertation research, he will be conducting a study of expressive writing as a way to promote wellness in preparation for the holidays. He needs Orthodox Jewish wives to complete 3 short surveys and do some writing (writings will not be collected). Participation is done through the use of the internet. Participants will complete the surveys by anonymously logging into
The study will be available beginning September 8, 2008, at 12:00 AM. Your participation is needed once each calendar day for 3 consecutive days. The entire process will take no more than 30 minutes on day 1, 20 minutes on day 2, and 30 minutes on day 3. Fifteen minutes of each time frame is you writing. As you can see, the time you will actually spend on the internet completing the surveys is very limited.
The results of this study will be made available at the same internet address, January 2009.
All information will be anonymous and confidential!
The information you supply can help improve the understanding between the connections of religion, writing, and wellness. David is an Orthodox Jew, and he is vested through my work toward making the Jewish community a better place to live.

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Meet Rabbi Sender Haber

Rabbi Sender Haber is the Rabbi of the B'nai Israel Congregation in Norfolk, VA. He is well known throughout Hampton Roads, having arrived over twelve years ago as one of the original four members of the Norfolk Area Community Kollel. In that capacity, Rabbi Haber was involved in community wide programming, teaching, and outreach. He has inspired many Jews to expand their Jewish identity and increase their love of Torah and commitment to its observance. Everyone who knows Rabbi Haber is touched by his breadth of Torah knowledge and his ability to convey the wisdom of the ages in such a way as to make those esoteric writings accessible to persons of all levels of experience and a variety of backgrounds.

Rabbi Haber has served in a number of capacities during his years in Norfolk. Since 2003 Rabbi Haber has been a teacher of Jewish Studies at Toras Chaim Day School in Portsmouth, teaching boys and girls of all ages, with a focus on Gemara, Halacha, and Chumash. He has also taught at Yeshivas Aish Kodesh and Bina High School in Norfolk, and served as Assistant Rabbi of B’nai Israel for 6 years. He also serves as the Rabbi of the “Lost Tribe,” Tidewater’s Jewish Motorcycle group! While handling all of these responsibilities, he has continued to participate in numerous Chavrusos (one-on-one learning partnerships) covering a wide range of topics and writings.

Rabbi Haber and his wife Chamie have been married for thirteen years. They have four children, Minna (9), Moshe (6), Ely (4), and Akiva Meir, born in August of 2012. They both come from rabbinic families steeped in Torah, Kiruv and Chesed. Rabbi Haber received his Rabbinic Ordination (Yoreh Yoreh) from Rabbi Sender Rosenbloom and Rabbi Mordechai Freidlander of the Jerusalem Beth Din. He was awarded a Teaching Certificate by Torah Umesorah Association for Jewish Day Schools in 2004 and again in 2009. In addition, Rabbi Haber has spent over a decade studying Talmud, Jewish Law, and ethics in some of the world’s most prestigious Yeshivos including Beth Medrash Gavoha in Lakewood, NJ and Yeshivas Mir in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Haber can be contacted through the Synagogue office at 757-627-7358, or through e-mail at