The Adams Street Shul

Congregation Agudas Achim Anshei Sfard

Rabbi Sam Intrator and Nechama Cheses

On Sunday, November 24th 2013, we enjoyed a spirited and educational Chanukah event featuring Reb Sammy.

You can watch a video of his presentation, entitled “The Hidden Lights of Chanukah,” below. 

(In the photo above, “Reb Sammy” and event organizer Nechama Cheses share the bima.)

"Let's get down to our roots and not be divided by our branches," says Rabbi Sammy Intrator, Shlomo Carlebach's hand-picked successor, who came to Newton to lead a spirited Chanukah event at the historic Adams Street Shul. 


00:00  Opening Remarks by Rabbi Weinberg.

02:01  Nechama Cheses Introduces Reb Sammy.

03:50  Reb Sammy gets us singing and dancing for a warm-up.

16:54  Reb Sammy begins teaching.

75:00  We conclude with more singing and dancing.

77:53  Closing remarks by Reb Sammy and Nechama Cheses.


Rabbi Intrator was the longtime assistant and concert manager for Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, who himself gave a presentation of music and learning to a packed Adams Street Shul in 1993. Before he died in 1994, Rabbi Carlebach selected Rabbi Intrator to succeed him as rabbi of the Carlebach Shul, on New York's Upper West Side, which Rabbi Intrator then led for six years. 

Since 2000, "Reb Sammy" has designed and taught inspirational programs that combine Kabbalistic, Talmudic and Hasidic teachings, as well as ethical and psychological insights.