OUR RABBI & REBBETZIN
Rabbi Craig Glasser
Rebbetzin Luba Glasser
Rabbi Glasser was born and raised in South Africa. In the late 1970’s, his family moved back to Israel where they were originally from. He spent his teen years studying in Yeshiva both in Israel and abroad. He completed his Rabbinic Studies in 1992 and moved back to South Africa, where he served as an Assistant Rabbi.
In 1997, Rabbi Glasser immigrated to the USA, where he first served as a pulpit Rabbi in Oyster Bay, Long Island and then in 1999, assumed the position of Rabbi at Northeast Jewish Center. Under his guidance and tutelage, Northeast Jewish Center offers individualized Hebrew lessons to youngsters, provides wonderful Shabbat and holiday luncheons and dinners, and teaches monthly Lunch and Learn sessions on Shabbat.
Born in Moscow and raised in Brooklyn, Rebbetzin Luba Glasser brings worlds of experience with her to Northeast Jewish Center. Rediscovering and connecting to Judaism at the age of 19, Luba's time in Israel at Neve Yerushalayim and subsequent growth as a ba'al teshuva, makes her relatable and approachable to people of all backgrounds. After receiving her bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Brooklyn College, and Master's Degree in Social Work from the Wurzweiler School at Yeshiva University, Luba worked at the Russian American Jewish Experience (RAJE), for many years. She traveled to Israel extensively, led group missions and connected with countless young women, many of whom still visit the Northeast Yonkers community for Shabbat on a regular basis. An incredible cook and baker, the famed "Lubabka" is legendary throughout the area, as are her many salads, side dishes, Russian specials, cakes and tiramisu. When she is not busy hosting, catering or coordinating an event at the shul, serving on the Northeast Jewish Center Board of Directors, as the head of the parent association at Stein Yeshiva, or being a loving wife and mother to Aaron Dov and Kayla Shalva, Rebbetzin Glasser works full time at the JCC of Greater Coney Island, creating in-home programming for Holocaust survivors and their families.
Rabbi Glasser comes from a Kiruv Family and has been exposed to Jewish outreach for the majority of his life. He has used this foundation to help revive Heimish Jewish life in Southern Westchester and among the most recent of his achievements, the construction and completion of the very first Eruv in Northeast Yonkers.
His other talents and hobbies include: master cholent-maker, corporate pilot and aviation enthusiast and New York State Certified EMT. Rabbi Glasser also serves as a kosher supervisor for the Orthodox Union. In 2012, Rabbi Glasser married Luba Kaufman and together, they have continued their mission of the "re-JEW-venation" of Yonkers.