Rabbi Saul F. Oresky is passionate about Jewish education for students of all ages. He has been teaching continuously since he was 16: in post-Bar/Bat Mitzvah programs, in religious schools, and in tutoring well over 300 B’nai Mitzvah students. He hails from the Washington, DC area, having recently moved from Silver Spring, MD, where he and Phyllis, his wife of 36 years, still own a home. He is a 2013 graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) in Wyncote, PA, and has been teaching and officiating in Jewish lifecycle events for the last year. He left his Federal government job as a technical writer-editor at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC, in late July after a 24-year career there and after 12 years in private industry before that. Phyllis, who earned an MSW from the University of Maryland in Baltimore in 1982, is currently looking for a social work job in the greater Boardman area while still working as a renal dialysis social worker at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, MD, for the last 30 years. She hopes to transition here in late September. They are both graduates of the University of Maryland, College Park, where he majored in journalism and she majored in sociology.
Rabbi Saul is excited to be serving as Ohev Tzedek’s rabbi. He plans on teaching adult studies classes at Ohev Tzedek and is looking forward to participating in the MSJS. He also very much hopes to begin a post-Confirmation (10th through 12th grade) educational and social program and wants to get considerable input and interest from the community to get this project off the ground. One of the teaching experiences of which he is the most proud was his 14 years at Shoresh Community Hebrew High School, which met first at Ohr Kodesh Congregation in Chevy Chase, MD, and then at the JCC in Rockville, MD. It is an 8th through 12th grade text-based school that offers students a substantive and stimulating course of Jewish education. Many graduates have attested as to how their attendance first helped them get into the colleges of their choice and then helped them to succeed there. Rabbi Oresky, one of the original two teachers during the school’s founding, taught Torah, history, rabbinics, philosophy, tefillah (prayer), and other subjects during his tenure there.
Please feel free to approach him with any and all suggestions as to how he can improve religious and cultural life at Ohev Tzedek and contribute to the Boardman/Youngstown Jewish community in general.