Rabbi Yisroel and Rebbetzin Chana Cotlar

Rivkah, Mendel, Levi, Eta, Shalom, and Shaina Cotlar

Rabbi Yisroel Cotlar moved to Cary in 2010, giving Chabad of Cary their first full-time Rabbi. No stranger to the South, Yisroel was born and raised in Houston and active in Chabad outreach activities in Texas from his early youth.

After studying in Yeshivot in the USA, UK, and Canada, Yisroel spent two years in Australia, teaching, guiding, and mentoring Jewish teens, many of whom seek his counsel and advice until today. He then returned to the USA where he received his Rabbinical ordination from the Central Chabad Rabbinical Court in Brooklyn, New York.

Yisroel is a warm and charismatic program organizer and mentor. As a member of the Chabad.org “Ask the Rabbi team” Rabbi Cotlar responds to hundreds of emails weekly in topics ranging from questions in Jewish philosophy to advice on personal matters.

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For Chana, growing up in the home of Rabbi and Rebbetzin Brafman, an open home to all was a natural way of life. After graduating from Bais Chaya Mushka High School, she received a Teacher’s Diploma in Education from the Machon Shoshanat Yerushalayim Teachers Seminary in Jerusalem, graduating each program with honors. Chana served as an early childhood educator for Chabad institutions in California, Westchester, and Manhattan, eventually becoming director of the Chabad Preschool at Beekman Place.

Her remarkable manner of setting a positive tone to any situation, along with her creative abilities and passion for education, grow fruit here at Chabad of Cary. Chana’s pleasant form of sharing the joys and the depth of Judaism gives her the ability to make everyone feel welcome and at home. With her extensive background in early childhood education, Chana hopes to focus on youth programming, bringing the beauty of Judaism to the next generation.

Our rebbetzin is very approachable and personable and has enormous experience and success with counseling people who are confronted with challenges and are in need of practical advice, guidance and a listening ear.

In addition, Rebbetzin Chana plays an integral role in all of the services and activities that Chabad House offers.

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