Rabbi Alan Lachtman

Many are the causes our Rabbi has contributed to during his service to the Jewish community spanning 5 decades. Did you know Rabbi has served TBD for 43 years? And, did you also know that Rabbi is a marriage, family and child therapist?

When people enter TBD, Rabbi welcomes them with glee. When people are in need of bread and butter, Rabbi provides them, instead, with delicacies. Those delicacies, may include food, money, shelter, clothes, a shoulder to cry on, or mentorship. That, and more is Rabbi Lachtman. Rabbi is a selfless and humble teacher within our school, who’s years of dedication to our school, have been rewarding. Yet there have also been downtimes.

Rabbi’s biggest reward has been the ledor vador notion that commonly trends at TBD. When generations of grandparents, parents, and grandchildren come to TBD Religious School, that, to him, is fulfillment. When families remember their lifelong experience and wish to bring their children to that experience, that is rewarding.

In 1980, there was an arson attack on TBD’s sanctuary. Rabbi’s tallit, the Israeli and American flags, and other objects of Judaica, were burned. This was during the time of Chanukah, the festival of lights. Instead of religious school children lighting their Menorahs and displaying the Chanukah lights, they were afraid to do so, in light of exposing their Jewishness. This created fear for our students.

Our religious school children, are like Rabbi’s own children. One of them, is Rabbi’s sons,Micah, who is named after the profit Micah. In parallel, we aim for our students to carry the message of Micah. Micah mandates: “What Does the Lord Require of You? Only to act justly and to love Mercy and to Walk Humbly With Your God and our fellow human beings.” This, and more, is what Rabbi’s children, as did Micah, come out with from TBD Religious School. Never should we feel like we are better than anybody else. What we do know, however, is that it is our Rabbi who is worth the recognition!