The Breslov Center (originally "The Breslov Center for Spirituality and Inner Growth") was founded shortly after Rosh Hashanah 5758 (1997) by HaRav Elazar Mordechai Kenig, shlita, leader of the Breslov community of Tzefat, Israel. Its purpose is to organize classes on the teachings of Chassidic Master Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, as well as lectures, musical events and retreats in greater New York.
There is a great need to reach out to the many spiritual seekers who have been exposed to Breslov teachings through books and the media, but have had little contact with Breslover Chassidim. Therefore, the Breslov Center was formed to coordinate educational programs, using qualified teachers from the broad spectrum of the Breslov community. Our aim is to bring Rebbe Nachman's wisdom and advice to Jewish men and women from all walks of life and levels of religious observance.
Teachers of weekly shiurim have included Rabbi Jonathan Rietti (Manhattan); Rabbi Symcha Bergman (Manhattan); Rabbi Nochum Elek (Brooklyn); Rabbi Shlomo Goldman (Manhattan and Lakewood -- who has since made aliyah with his family); Rabbi Aharon Grenadir (Brooklyn); Rabbi Zvi Singer (Brooklyn); Rabbi Eliezer Trenk (Brooklyn); Rabbi Ephraim Portnoy (Lakewood, who has since made aliyah with his family); Rabbi Leibel Berger (Brooklyn, who has since passed away); and Rabbi Dovid Sears (Brooklyn).
Guest speakers have included Rabbi Chaim Kramer, director of the Breslov Research Institute, as well as Rabbi Nachman Burstein, Rabbi Moshe Bienenstock, Rabbi Noson Maimon, Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum, Rabbi Ozer Bergman, and Rabbi Perets Auerbach, all of Jerusalem; Rabbi Ephraim Kenig, Rabbi Yitzchok Kenig, and Rabbi Yaakov Klein of Tzefat; and Rabbi Moshe Weinberger of Woodmere. Mrs. Rochel Silber (formerly of Far Rockaway and now of Yerushalayim) taught women's classes at our first spring Shabbaton in the Catskills; other women teachers and guest speakers have included Mrs. Esther Leah Marschette of Boston, Mrs. Yael Dworkin of Montreal, and Mrs. Debbie Shapiro of Yerushalayim. Although the Breslov Center is not a publishing society, we work closely with Rabbi Chaim Kramer's Breslov Research Institute (BRI), publishers of nearly 100 titles in English, Modern Hebrew, Russian, Spanish, French and Korean.
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