Rabbi Emeritus Zalman Posner
In 1949 Rabbi Zalman Posner and his wife Rita (may her memory be blessed) came to Nasvhille to serve as the Rabbi and Rebbitzen of Sherith Israel. Rabbi Posner provided spiritual leadership for 53 years and continues to serve as Rabbi Emeritus.
In 1954 Rabbi Posner founded the Akiva Day School. To date, the Akiva School has graduated hundreds of dedicated and proud alumni – living all over the United States, and serving Jewish communities around the globe.
An important Hasidic scholar, Rabbi Posner has been widely recognized for his many contributions in Jewish thought. Rabbi Posner has addressed students, congregations, and conventions worldwide. He was an annual lecturer at the famed “Encounter with Chabad” weekends. He is also a noted translator. His translations include two parts of the Tanya. Rabbi Posner developed a contemporary language for mystical thought, making it available to a wider public (excerpt from Think Jewish).
In addition to active involvement in our Sisterhood, Mrs. Posner was a much beloved teacher in the Akiva Kindergarten for many years. In addition, she created and directed the Gan Yeladim Pre-School for many years. Mrs. Posner was the first teacher for countless children who grew up to become leaders in Nashville and other Jewish communities.