Rabbi Binyamin Blau
Rabbi Binyamin Blau joined Green Road Synagogue in 2011.
Rabbi Blau obtained his B.A. in English Literature from Yeshiva University and received his rabbinical ordination from their affiliate the Rabbi Isaac Elchanon Theological Seminary. A twenty -second generation rabbi, Rabbi Blau has previously served for eleven years as a pulpit rabbi in Elizabeth, New Jersey and spent seven summers as the rabbi at Camp HASC.
Rabbi Blau has studied with the renowned Roshei Yeshiva Rav Elya Svei and Rav Shmuel Kaminetsky, and had the distinct privilege of being a talmid of the Rav (Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveitchik) as well as being a student of his brother Rav Aharon Soloveitchik. Additionally, he was a member of the Marcos Katz Kollel studies at RIETS where he learned with Rav Herschel Shechter. One of his years at RIETS was spent in Israel at the Gruss Institute and later at Yeshivat Har Etzion where his primary instructor was Rav Aharon Lichtenstein.
While blessed with a youthful appearance, Rabbi Blau has been involved in Jewish education for over twenty years. He has taught in both high school and post high school settings, and has done extensive work in adult education. Rabbi Blau arrived in Cleveland in 2001 as the head of the Torat Zion Kollel and served for eight years as the Upper School Principal at the Fuchs Mizrachi School. Presently, in addition to his role as Rabbi of Green Road Synagogue, he serves as Fuchs Mizrachi’s Rosh Yeshiva and is actively engaged in charting its future.
Rabbi Blau is fortunate to have his wife Faith as his life partner, and they are blessed with four beautiful children: Yael, Mordechai, Yedidya, and Ephraim.
Rabbi Melvin Granatstein, Emeritus
Rabbi Granatstein was educated at Yeshiva University where he received his B.A., M.A., and Rabbinic ordination and was a Mendel Gottesman Fellow in Talmud. A native of Toronto, Canada, Rabbi Grantastein has served our community for over 30 years. Since 1974 Rabbi Granatstein has ministered to the Green Road Synagogue and under his leadership the synagogue has become the premier congregational voice of Religious Zionism and Orthodoxy.
Rabbi Granatstein is a community chaplain, a member of the Jewish Community Relations Council and on the board of the Middle East Forum. He has published numerous scholarly and popular articles, taught at the College of Jewish Studies, and conducts numerous classes in Jewish text study. He directed the Va’ad HaChinuch of the Fuchs Mizrachi School in the formulation of an innovative Torah U’Madda curriculum.
Rabbi Granatstein and his wife, Malka, have four children, two of whom live in Eretz Yisrael.