Rabbi Avraham & Rabinessa Liora Kelman Visit


*indicates a regular class, which Rabbi Kelman will lead during his visit.

Tuesday, May 14

  • Meet & Greet with Refreshments @ KBR, 5:30-7pm
  • Kosher Cheese Burgers?! The Halachic Status of Lab-Grown Meat, with Rabbi Kelman, 7-8pm
  • Talmud to Today* with Rabbi Kelman, 8:15-9:15pm

Wednesday, May 15

  • The Mystery of the Aleppo Codex: Robbery, Murder, Mayhem & the Rambam’s Ancient Manuscript, with Rabbi Kelman, 6-7pm

Thursday, May 16

  • Leisurely Hike, 9:30am (BYO Lunch/Snacks)
  • “Yerushalyim Sheli” – The Six-Day War & Tales of a Jerusalem Childhood, with Rabinessa Liora Kelman, 6-7pm
  • Parsha Class* with Rabbi Kelman, 7-8pm  – Parshat Emor

Friday, May 17

  • Musical Kabbalat Shabbat, Mincha, Learning & Maariv* led by Rabbi Kelman, 7pm

Shabbos, May 18 – Parshat Emor

  • Rambam Learning*, 8:30
  • Morning Services*, 9am, led by Rabbi Kelman (including Torah Reading)
  • Kiddush Lunch & Learn/Discussion following services: The Prayer for Peace for the King & Country: The Evolution & History of a Controversial Prayer

Rabbi Avraham Kelman received his rabbinical ordination at Yeshiva University and was a student of Rabbi Y.D. Soloveitchik. Rabbi Kelman has served in diverse communities, including being the Chief Rabbi of the Jewish community of Trieste, Italy. While there, he was able to absorb the sublime melodies of the Torah reading and prayers of the ancient congregation.

While Rabbi Kelman is Ashkenazi, his wife, Liora Kelman, is Sephardi and of Italian descent, and goes by “La Rabinessa,” the Italian cognate to “The Rebbetzin.” She has always been an essential and involved partner in his rabbinical career. She is an accomplished chef, who loves teaching Torah through the medium of cooking. She is also the author of the very popular Sephardic cookbook, Gizar kon Gozo.

While studying and teaching Torah and Jewish Thought have always been the essence of his life, Rabbi Kelman is also a specialist in the most practical areas of Judaism. A Sofer, Mohel, and Shochet, he also, for many years, served on the Beit Din of Boston. In addition, he has also pursued other varied interests such as Bel Canto music and astronomy, and has a particular love for Jewish history. Throughout his career, he has developed an extensive Jewish history curriculum, teaching classes on topics such as the Aleppo Codex, Rembrandt and the Jews, and the biography of Menashe ben Israel.

The Kelmans have grown children and several grandchildren.