Beit Chatam Rehovot

Who we are

The Chatam Shul is an “out of town” American yeshivish style shul in the land of Israel. While Rehovot is best known as the home of the Weizmann Institute, it is also well known for the tolerance between its secular, charadi, and dati communities, a tolerance set by its long time chief rabbi, Harav Simcha Hacohen Kook. 

Nestled in this larger religious community, is the Chatam Shul. The Chatam Shul is a full service English speaking community along the lines of American “out of town” shuls. Chatam aims to be a microcosm of what makes Rehovot such a successful community.  Namely, Torah, respect for Mesorah, devotion to klal yisrael, tolerance, and belief in being a full member of society.  For this reason, many frum and highly educated English speakers of various hashkafos are associated with Chatam and participate in our many events, Melave Malkas, shiurim, kiddishim, mommy meals, sedarim, community outings, mishmors, etc.

At Chatam we are (almost) all Olim. We all came here from somewhere else – the US, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Russia, Belarus , France the United Kingdom – did we leave anyone out? We’ve all experienced what you’re going through now – the excitement of making Aliya.

Interested in finding out more? Feel free to drop us a line with any questions and looking forward to welcoming you at Chatam!

Our Goals

"עַל שְׁלשָׁה דְבָרִים הָעוֹלָם עוֹמֵד, עַל הַתּוֹרָה וְעַל הָעֲבוֹדָה וְעַל גְּמִילוּת חֲסָדִים"
  • Advancement of Torah

    We hope to advance Torah learning and observance within our community and Eretz Yisroel. To facilitate this we have extensive learning programs, open to the wider community, as well as daily services and a well stocked English book and audio library.

  • Building Community

    Our goal is to be the center of the English speaking religious community in South East Rehovot

  • Chessed and Tzedaka

    We have a devoted Chessed committee who are committed to supporting the physical and spiritual well-being of all members within our community and the wider area. Need a place to stay or a meal for Shabbos? Just get in touch - we would love to help.

  • Olim Support

    We have a dedicated Aliyah/Klita committee dedicated to making you feel at home and helping you through the hurdles that all olim face.

Meet Our Rabbonim

Rav David Stein

Senior Rabbi

Rav Stein made Aliyah in 1978 and co-founded Chatam in 1981. Rav Stein’s unique background allows Chatam to be a home to Jews of all stripes.  Rav Stein learned in Yeshiva University, by Rav Abba Berman ZT'L, in Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavne and several Charedi kollelim. Rav Stein has devoted his life to building institutions that combine warmth, devotion to Torah learning, and scrupulous kiyum hamitzvos with self-sufficiency and yashrus. Rav Stein is also a noted expert in Kashrus, working with the Star-K for many years.

Rav Yosef Ashenberg

Assistant Rabbi

Rav Ashenberg is a talmid and musmach of Rav Yitzchak Berkovits with whom he completed an extensive course of shimush.. Rav Ashenberg studied for many years in the Mirrer Yeshiva in Eretz Yisrael and became a close talmid of Rav Refael Shmuelevitz zt”l. Rav Ashenberg also learned in Yeshivas Ner Yisrael of Baltimore before moving to Eretz Yisrael. 

Before coming to Rehovot, Rav Ashenberg studied in Kollel Ateres Elimelech learning mesechtos b’iyun alibah dhilchsha as well as doing Shimush under Rav Dovid Potash. Rav Ashenberg  has also edited seforim, written for Partners in Torah, and taught many chasanim. Rabbi Ashenberg is married Rebbetzin Faige Ashenberg who works as a case manager for Amudim Israel and teaches in many venues.

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