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Our Clergy

Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld

Rabbi Herzfeld has been the Rabbi of Ohev Sholom - The National Synagogue® since 2004. His communal responsibilities include teaching classes, attending to the elderly, the youth, and the sick, and ministering to the pastoral needs of the congregation, which currently includes more than 350 families.

He received rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, an affiliate of Yeshiva University, and a Masters in Jewish History from Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University. From 1999 to 2004, Rabbi Herzfeld was Associate Rabbi at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, where he was mentored by Rabbi Avi Weiss. Rabbi Herzfeld teaches dozens of Torah classes each week, including a Daf Yomi class that reviews a page of the Talmud each day.

His Torah sermons and thoughts can be found at  He also publishes a daily 5-minute Daf Yomi podcast, which can be accessed at  Rabbi Herzfeld is also a founding member of the Beltway VAAD. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, Dr. Rhanni Herzfeld, and seven children. 

Rabbi Herzfeld can be reached by emailing or by calling (202) 882-2040.

Rabbi Herzfeld has published five books:

  • Fifty-Four Pick Up: Inspirational Torah Lessons
  • Food for the Spirit: Inspirational Lessons from the Yom Kippur Service (The Orlofsky Edition)
  • The Lieberman Open Orthodox Haggadah (The Orlofsky Edition) in English and in Hebrew
  • Renewal: Inspirational Lessons of Rosh Hashanah (The Orlofsky Edition)
  • An Extra Seat (A Children's Book) in English and in Hebrew

To purchase, please contact the shul office at (202) 882-7225.


Maharat Ruth Friedman

Maharat Friedman is a member of the inaugural class of Yeshivat Maharat, which is the first institution to ordain Orthodox women as spiritual leaders and halakhic (legal) authorities.  She and her husband Yoni moved to Washington, DC in July 2013 to begin her position as Maharat at Ohev Sholom - The National Synagogue®.

Maharat Friedman’s responsibilities include overseeing the conversion program, supervising the operation of the community mikvah, directing adult education, providing pastoral counseling, teaching in the community, and more.

Maharat Friedman is deeply committed to working to ensure that Jewish communal structures provide sensitivity and support to individuals and couples struggling with fertility challenges, and she is honored to serve on The Red Stone Advisory Committee. 

She is a proud member of both the Chicago and Washington Boards of Rabbis, and sits on the Executive Committee of the board of the International Rabbinic Fellowship, of which she is also a member.  Maharat Ruth is also a founding member of the Beltway VAAD. She and Yoni are the proud parents of two boys, Ezra and Joe "Bear", and their rambunctious shiu tzu, Cocoa.

Maharat Friedman can be reached by emailing or by calling (202) 882-7225, ext. 107.

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