Heschal Moshe Shul, located on the upper West Side of Manhattan
boasts a rich tradition of yiddishkite and continues to attract
Jews from all parts of the globe with its gracious hospitality and
thirst for Torah. Rabbi Lev Lvi Vorhand of blessed memory founded
Heichal Moshe in _____ and passed his legacy onto his son Rabbi
Moshe Vorhand Shlita in ____ who has overseen the shul’s growth
and maintained the tradition established by his father.
the war, Rabbi Vorhand was Chief Rabbi of Czechoslovakia and played
a large role in arranging illegal transport of 1500 Jews to Palestine
on the onset of the Holocaust in 1939. After being liberated from
a concentration camp near the end of the war, he again became a
great force of movement for displaced European Jews and set out
to rescue refugees by arranging for their passports to safe residency.
Lev Lvi Vorhand
the position of Chief Rabbi of Australia was offered to him, Rabbe
Vorhand decided to settle his family in the United States and founded
Heschal Moshe Congregation on West 91 Street in the Upper West Side
of Manhattan. Yeshiva Ketana in Manhattan and HASC for special children
was to follow as a strong Bais Yaakov School, which provided essential
education for students no matter what their financial situation
was. Rabbi Vorhand also ran the Rabbonim Aid Society and helped
organize the first Gemach on the West Side and The Oneg Shabbos
Group which assists families by providing Shabbos meals.
Moshe, now under the leadership of the Rav’s son Rabbi Moshe
Vorhand Shlita, is proud of three strong daily Minyans, DafYomi,
Torah and Halacha classes, as well as a Mikvah on site. In addition
to his rabbinical responsibilities, Rabbi Moshe Vorhand Shlita has
established himself as an accomplished author of numerous seforim.
The Vorhand Shul has gracefully grown into a welcoming place of
worship with a very diverse group of Jews. The all-encompassing
sense of warmth is a prevalent tribute to the Vorhand family and
continues to lead Heschal Moshe into the future with strength.