Rabbi Zev Schostak was the founder and director of Legacy 613, the first organization dedicated solely to the mission of making prayer meaningful — intellectually and experientially — in the life of every Jew, young or old. In order to achieve its mission, Legacy partnered with like-minded organizations, foundations, and schools to provide vision, educational expertise, and resources in developing effective tefillah programming and instructional materials.

Ordained in Jerusalem by Rabbi Yechezkel Sarna, rosh yeshiva of Chevron, and Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, he also held an MA from the University of Detroit and earned permanent certification as a New York State school administrator and supervisor.

Prior to founding Legacy 613, Rabbi Schostak served as director of pastoral care at the Gurwin Jewish Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Commack, Long Island, for nearly thirty years. He also had a distinguished career as a teacher and principal at yeshiva elementary and high schools in New York and Michigan.

Rabbi Schostak wrote extensively on end-of-life bioethics and the issues of aging in halachah. He served as a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Medicine in Contemporary Society at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and was honored for his leadership and contributions to professional chaplaincy and Jewish medical ethics as the Rabbinical Council of America’s Healthcare Chaplain of the Year in 2012.

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