“Congregation Anshei Sfard has remained a beacon of orthodoxy in this community and this state.”
How We Were Formed
Our First Building
An Unexpected Challenge
A Whole New Beginning
Rabbi Simcha Snaid, his wife Hindy and daughters, Ilana and Rachel moved to Louisville in 2016 on his appointment as Rabbi of Congregation Anshei Sfard. Rabbi Snaid grew up in Savannah, Ga. where he experienced firsthand the impact a superb congregational Rabbi can have on a community and a city.
This experience was a force behind Rabbi Snaid’s desire to be a channel for Torah advancement and education on a communal level. Growing up in Savannah, GA was the ideal setting for Rabbi Snaid to impact on a diverse community such as Louisville KY. Regardless of observance level, knowledge, age or affiliation, Rabbi Snaid’s prime goal is to pass on the depth and beauty of our religion in his approachable, non-judgmental, sincere and friendly manner. He values and welcomes diversity at all levels without this being an impediment to communal unity.
Rabbi Snaid culminated 11 years of post-high school Judaic studies by receiving his rabbinic ordination from the respected Rabbinical Seminary of America / Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim. His semicha (ordination) is at the Yoreh Yoreh Yadin Yadin level. Rabbi Snaid also has a Masters in Educational Administration from Bellevue University. He also is a graduate of the Twerski Coaching and Counseling Institute where he completed an intense marriage and family counseling course. In 2016, Rabbi Snaid attended an in depth Kashrus program under the auspices of the Star-K.
Rabbi Snaid has quickly introduced an enthusiasm and great interest in the community with his various classes and discussion groups that he has. His weekly Facebook 2 minute Parsha talk has gained a large following and has become a leading discussion topic at many Friday night tables.
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The Louisville Vaad is charged with the responsibility of maintaining the Louisville Mikvah. Jewish law denotes a Mikvah as an essential component of every Jewish community. It is the only communal institution that takes precedence in being built before a synagogue and Jewish school.
The Jewish family unit has always enjoyed an almost legendary reputation for morality and stability. The Jewish system for preserving this moral integrity of the family is embodied in the Biblical Laws of Family Purity and Mikvah. In addition to its ritual uses, it is also commonly used by brides as well as in adoption and conversion ceremonies.