Hirshel Jaffe

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Hirshel Jaffe

Hirshel Jaffe was ordained as a Reform Rabbi at the Hebrew union College and is the Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth Jacob in Newburgh, NY.


He is the co-author of “Why Me? Why Anyone?” which chronicles his rescue from a life threatening illness and his spiritual triumph over despair.


Known as “The Running Rabbi”, he participated in the New York Marathon and led the Team in Training for the Leukemia Society of America.


Rabbi Jaffe received the “Award of Courage” from President Reagan in a Ceremony at the White House Rose Garden.


In 1980 Rabbi Jaffe was a member of the Clergy Delegation who visited out American hostages in Iran.  He was invited by President Reagan to the White House reception for our freed Americans.


He has received an honorary Doctorate from the Hebrew Union College for his “work with the sick…and his noble influence upon all people.”