Rabbi Arthur Schneier Addresses United Nations Alliance of Civilizations on Combating Anti-Semitism

On Monday, March 15, 2021, Rabbi Arthur Schneier delivered a special address to the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) at their meeting on Exploring Holistic Approaches to Combating Anti-Semitism

Following an introduction by High Representative Miguel Moratinos, Rabbi Schneier, who serves as UNAOC Goodwill Ambassador, reflected on his experience as a Holocaust survivor and highlighted the prevalence of anti-Semitism today. “Anti-Semitism has survived millennia because it constantly adapts… United, we must rise to counter its latest form,” he stated, pointing to the spread of hatred on social media and digital platforms and highlighting the need for greater governance.  

Rabbi Schneier recognized the hero diplomats who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust, and acknowledged the United Nations for its 2008 resolution, adopted by 120 countries, to observe International Holocaust Remembrance Day each year on January 27. 

Closing with a blessing for a joyful and peaceful Easter and Passover holiday, he said, “May they usher in healing for a wounded world and a divided humanity. And, united, we will prevail.” 

Rabbi Schneier’s remarks can be viewed at the 18:28 mark in the video below.

Park East Synagogue and United Nations Host International Holocaust Remembrance Virtual Service

Park East Synagogue and the United Nations hosted an International Holocaust Remembrance virtual service marking the 76th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz on January 25, 2021. UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Rabbi Arthur Schneier, Senior Rabbi at Park East Synagogue and founder and President of the Appeal of Conscience foundation, delivered remarks. The service included music by Chief Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot, Cantor Benny Rogosnitzky and the Park East Synagogue Choir, led by Conductor Maestro Russell Ger, and the participation of students at Rabbi Arthur Schneier Park East Day School and the UN diplomatic corps.

Rabbi Arthur Schneier pointed to the rise of hate and anti-Semitism in the world today and underscored the importance of Holocaust education in schools, stating, “Children are not born with hatred. They are taught how to hate. When infected, they become carriers of hatred. The antidote is education, education, education.

In his remarks, UN Secretary-General António Guterres encouraged “coordinated global action, on the scale of the threat we face, to build an alliance against the growth and spread of neo-Nazism and white supremacy, and to fight propaganda and disinformation… Prevention is key to the fight against anti-Semitism, and I sincerely thank Rabbi Schneier and all those who work with and for the Appeal of Conscience Foundation for their efforts to promote interfaith understanding.”

International Holocaust Remembrance Day: A Survivor’s Plea

by Rabbi Arthur Schneier

The urgency of purpose that spurred the establishment of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust 15 years ago is more manifest than ever. In our time of societal, economic and political upheaval, demonization of “the Other”, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and racism are flourishing.

On 24 January 2005, I was humbled to be asked by the Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations, and with special permission from then Secretary-General Kofi Annan, to recite Kaddish—the mourner’s prayer—at the opening of “Auschwitz: The Depth of the Abyss”, an exhibition of photos and sketches depicting scenes from that hell on Earth. I scoured the display in hope and fear, thinking I might find my own grandparents among the doomed souls deported from Hungary who perished at Auschwitz.

Read the full article as published in the UN Chronicle.

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Rabbi Arthur Schneier is Senior Rabbi, Park East Synagogue; Founder and President of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation; Former United States Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations General Assembly; and Member of the High-Level Group and Ambassador of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.

Rabbi Arthur Schneier Honored by Dohány Street Synagogue in Hungary for 90th Birthday

October 28, 2020 – Rabbi Arthur Schneier will be honored today by Dohány Street Synagogue in Budapest, Hungary, with a plaque celebrating his 90th birthday and his support of Hungarian Jewry. The award, presented by Dr. Róbert Frölich, Chief Rabbi of the Dohány Street Synagogue, recognizes Rabbi Schneier’s decades of leadership on behalf of religious freedom, human rights and tolerance. United States Ambassador to Hungary David B. Cornstein, a member of Park East Synagogue, will accept the honor on Schneier’s behalf.

Born in Vienna, Austria and raised in Hungary, Rabbi Schneier, a Holocaust survivor, has served as Senior Rabbi at Park East Synagogue in New York for more than 50 years. He is the founder of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, an interfaith coalition of business and religious leaders that promotes peace, inter-religious cooperation and ethnic conflict resolution.

About Park East Synagogue

Founded in 1888, Park East Synagogue is an historic New York City landmark house of worship and one of the nation’s leading modern Orthodox congregations. It plays a vital role in the cultural, civic and spiritual life of New York City. The Synagogue is dedicated to providing the opportunity for spiritual growth, Jewish education and spiritual comfort for individuals, families, and our community. Park East Synagogue is inclusive of all people seeking a meaningful Jewish life, regardless of degree of observance, knowledge of Jewish tradition, age, or affiliation.

Park East Synagogue is committed to providing inspiring Jewish and general studies education to children and to adults; its Religious School, Early Childhood, and Day School with its emphasis on cultivating a Jewish life rich in tradition and unrivaled in general studies has been, and continues to be, a source of character and vitality for its congregation. The synagogue’s influence, strength and dynamism in the community derive from the members of our congregation. We value and honor the role our congregants fulfill in defining and shaping our future and that of the Jewish community, in New York City and beyond. Visit parkeastsynagogue.org

Rabbi Arthur Schneier Receives Golden Laurel Branch Award from the Foreign Ministry of Bulgaria

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 13, 2020 – Rabbi Arthur Schneier, President and Founder, Appeal of Conscience Foundation and Senior Rabbi, Park East Synagogue receives the highest award of the Foreign Ministry of Bulgaria, the “Golden Laurel Branch,” in recognition for “his outstanding merit to the promotion of interreligious and intercultural understanding,” presented by Ambassador Georgi Velikov Panayotov, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Bulgaria to the United Nations on behalf of Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ekaterina Zakharieva.

Rabbi Schneier and the interfaith Appeal of Conscience Foundation provided a lifeline of hope and support to all religious communities during the Communist Era, with particular help to sustain the Jews of Bulgaria who survived the Holocaust. Their survival was due to the heroic stand of the Patriarch and the Bulgarian Orthodox Church and prominent intellectuals supported by the Bulgarian people who prevented their deportation demanded by Nazi Germany. “For me, the response of the Bulgarian people to the cry of the oppressed and not to remain silent in the face of tyranny is a role model of courage to save lives and an inspiration for others to follow.” said Vienna-born Holocaust survivor, Rabbi Arthur Schneier whose family perished in Auschwitz.

Kol Nidre Letter from Herman Hochberg, President

As we enter this New Year, we can only reflect on this past year and pray for the world to return to normalcy. What a difficult year this has been. Hopefully you and your loved ones have been safe and secure; but regardless, the year has certainly affected our lives in many difficult ways. With 5781 about to begin, our thoughts turn to our prayers and worshipping.

We at Park East have prepared our Synagogue for this year’s worshipping, both virtual and in-person. We have with all our efforts and not sparing any expense have made our House of Prayer as safe as can be. The preventive measures we have implemented include the hiring of airflow experts, top technicians, engineers and architects; as well as purchasing and installing the latest top quality equipment, including video temperature testing equipment, infrared panels in our ductwork to purify the airflow, stand-alone air purifiers throughout the building, and the finest disinfectants.

During these Holidays we are obligated to do Tzedakah. This year, more than ever, we are spending well over our budget to offer you virtual services as well as safely facilitate in-person services. Thus, I am requesting support for our 131-year-old Synagogue that has been serving the Upper East Side. For us to continue in this crisis, we would need your help by matching at least what you gave last year, or if possible, a bit more, to help us continue to be an anchor of Torah values and service to the Jewish people, assuring Jewish continuity through education of our children.

During this most difficult time, we were fortunate to have the steadfast spiritual leadership of Rabbi Arthur Schneier, his Rabbinic and Cantorial team, supported by the Administration led by Cantor Benny Rogosnitzky, and our dedicated teachers. They have helped us sustain faith and hope.

I wish you and your families a safe, healthy, prosperous, and most happy and fulfilled G’Mar Tov.

Herman Hochberg


Herman Hochberg, President

5781 High Holy Days: The importance of tzedaka.

Dear Members,

As we enter the 5781 High Holy Days we are reminded of the importance of tzedakah. Our historic 131-year-old community continues with our mission of L’dor V’dor, providing from generation to generation a fine Jewish education to hundreds of children from all backgrounds every week.  The COVID 19 crisis has forced us to deal with unprecedented needs in our community, beyond our continued need to meet our ongoing commitments to our valued members and families. we have had to spend Hundreds of thousands of dollars preparing our institution and facilities to physically accommodate our schools, prayers and programs. In addition to rising expenses on security, as our concerns for safety is unparalleled, we also are investing in technology for live streaming programming, services and classes to keep everyone connected during these times.

We ask for you to send your generous contribution early to our Kol Nidre Campaign.  We hope you can match last year’s contribution.   We are grateful for the early contributions already received.


Herman Hochberg, President

We’re Open for Shabbat Morning Services

“מִזְמוֹר שִׁיר לְיוֹם הַשַּׁבָּת. טוֹב לְהֹדוֹת לַה’ וּלְזַמֵּר לְשִׁמְךָ עֶלְיוֹן”

“A psalm. A song for the Sabbath day.

It is good to praise the LORD, to sing hymns to Your name, O Most High”

Dear Park East Synagogue Family,

I pray that you and your loved ones are well, and are coping with the challenges of pandemic life.

While we have graduated from online to In person daily morning services, it is with great joy that we will start our Shabbat morning services this week, Saturday July 18th, 26 of Tammuz, Parashat Matot – Masei.

While we are excited to resume, we have prepared carefully to be able to open safely in our beautiful Main Sanctuary.

The abridged Shabbat Services will begin at 9:30AM.


In order to participate in the minyan please register here as we will limit the amount of participants. In addition please review the detailed guidelines here.

Advanced registration for attendance is required and cannot be accepted after 5pm on Thursday.

As we will conclude the Book of Bamidbar Numbers with the final Parasha speaking about the many journeys of the Jewish people in the desert, we must remember that en route to the Promised Land there are many stops, places that one must make in order to achieve what is valuable and precious in life.

Chazak Chazak Venitchazek,
With best wishes,


Rabbi Arthur Schneier

Rabbi Arthur Schneier Special 4th of July Message

Dear Park East Family,

As we celebrate Independence Day we must remember the contribution of the American people to the world and the integration of millions of people who came to this country in search for freedom and opportunity, including the waves of Jewish immigrants fleeing persecution and pogroms, and those who came after the Holocaust and gained a new lease on life. Our Country has not been immune from discrimination, anti-Semitism and racial injustice. G-d created an imperfect world in order for each one of us to help improve and perfect it. This is an ongoing challenge, particularly at a time of division, hatred and civil strife. The pandemic we endure has brought on so much pain, grief and suffering, it calls for united action in healing a wounded and divided country and world.

In our prayers, that can be heard once again in our Sanctuary, let us give thanks for the blessings we enjoy, with hope and commitment to build together a bright and just future for our children and children’s children.

G-d bless America!

Shabbat Shalom,


Rabbi Arthur Schneier

COVID-19 Important message from Park East Synagogue

Dear Members,

At this time of Coronavirus pandemic, we have to be guided by the principles of Jewish Law, Pekuach Nefesh – concern for human life and the sanctity of life, our highest commitment. We are implementing all the precautions recommended by Public Health and Medical Experts and guidelines given by City, State, and the Federal Government.

Al Tifrosh Min Hatzibur, Do not separate yourself from the Community, we must have consideration for the welfare of the entire community. Accordingly, with pain and prudence we are cancelling all Shabbat services for Friday, March 13 – Saturday, March 14. 

G-d can be found everywhere. We must intensify our prayers at home not only for ourselves and our family’s well being, but also prayers for those afflicted, reciting Psalm 121 and 130. We must continue the study of Torah, for Torah is the Tree of Life for those who hold on to it. And we must also pray for our scientists and doctors who are working to help prevent the spread of this virus that already has claimed too many lives. 

What is needed are my three P’s, Prayer, Perserverence and Patience, for there are no instant solutions. Faith amidst of fear. Fear debilitates, faith strengthens. 

Fear has overwhelmed us as we reflect on our vulnerability and frailty. We must remember and rally our strength and regain our confidence. Faith is the antidote to fear.

Hasem li V’lo Ira, G-d is with me, I shall not fear.

Chazak, Chazak V’Nitchazek, Be Strong, Be Strong, let us strengthen one another.

Shabbat Shalom. May it be a peaceful Shabbat.

Rabbi Arthur Schneier