Originally from Elizabeth, New Jersey, Rabbi Zecharya Rubin spent years of study in Yeshivos Ner Yaakov, Beis Yisroel, Mir (Yerushalayim), and Ner Yisroel. Rabbi Rubin is married to Karen (nee Abramowitz), and they are the proud parents of Batsheva, Nosson Tzvi, Yosef and Chaya.
Rabbi Rubin had the privilege to attend the daily lectures of Rav Asher Arieli, and Rav Tzvi Berkowitz, and also had the unique opportunity to learn and form a close relationship with the Rosh Yeshiva, Rav Nosson Tzvi Finkel zt”l. He then joined the nascent Bridgeport Community Kollel and eventually served as the Director of Community Outreach. In addition to delivering his own daily and weekly lectures, learning b’chavrusa with community members, and arranging lectures and chavrusas for the other Kollel members, Rabbi Rubin arranged community breakfasts, dinners and Shabbatons, as avenues to spread Torah and Torah values to the community. He established and published the Kollel’s weekly publication on the parsha, and spearheaded and co-authored the Kollel’s sefer Refuah Sheleimah (Feldheim). The Rubins enjoyed hosting Shabbos meals, and developed warm relationships with many community members.
In 2015 the Rubins moved to Yerushalayim to join the CKD, and have gained tremendously from the experience. In his years in CKD, Rabbi Rubin has received a wide range of instruction and mentorship in the nuances of halacha. He has also trained in Chosson teaching, Rabbinic counseling, and completed year-long parenting and marriage courses.
Rabbi Rubin received semicha from HaRav Moshe Bransdorfer, and Rav Zalman Nechemiah Goldberg. He maintains a Bachelors of Talmudic Law from Ner Israel Rabbinical College, and successfully completed masters level courses in the Johns Hopkins School of Education
Karen grew up in Staten Island and North Woodmere, New York. After high school, Karen continued her Jewish studies in Israel at the Tomer Devorah Institute and subsequently at the New Seminary in Brooklyn while completing her Bachelor’s Degree from Adelphi University. After her marriage to Zecharya, Karen continued her studies to receive a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Karen is currently a practicing OT, but her true passion is as a mother and wife. As a mother, Karen’s mission is to instill in her children a love of Torah, mitzvos, and life in general. As a wife, Karen has been Rabbi Rubin’s support system throughout his career. Whether as the co-planner and sounding board before an event or class or as the cook and hostess, Karen is always there with a friendly smile and interesting thoughts to share. Karen is excited to reach out to the community of Henderson and share her passion for Torah learning and living.