Rabbi Ron Hoffberg
Ten years ago Rabbi Ron Hoffberg left New Jersey for the Czech Republic, leaving a large and active Jewish community for one decimated by the Holocaust and kept in check by decades of communism. Based in Prague, today he presides over a small but thriving community as the country’s Masorti Olami, or Conservative, rabbi. The community holds weekly services drawing up to 40 people, and Hoffberg has overseen more than 40 conversions.
“I saw I could make a difference to those who want to know more about Conservative Judaism,” he wrote in an e-mail interview with NJJN. “We are an appealing approach to Judaism for modern young European Jews.”