I'm happy to announce two very different things about the progress of our project:
1. After some consultation with grammarians and rabbis, I've decided to transliterate the title as it should be, as 'Masorti,' rather than 'Masorati.' Although masorati is often in use in English, the vowel under the resh is a sh'va nach and thus shouldn't receive the vocalization of a vowel. Thus, we will correct it to 'Masorti' as we move forward.
2. We are so thrilled to have several amazing rabbis on board our project including R' José Rolando Matalon of Bnai Jeshurun in New York City, to write a foreword and to introduce our siddur (full bio on R' Matalon below).
Stay tuned, and Gemar Hatima Tova!
Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
José Rolando Matalon, B’nai Jeshurun’s Senior Rabbi, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and was educated in Buenos Aires, Montreal, Jerusalem and New York City. After his ordination at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1986, Rabbi Matalon came to BJ to share the pulpit—and vision—of his mentor and friend Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer. They worked together to revitalize the congregation and turn its focus to education, interfaith cooperation, and social justice.
After Rabbi Meyer’s death in 1993, Rabbi Matalon became BJ’s spiritual leader. He and Rabbis Bronstein and Sol now lead a vibrant, diverse community of 1,700 households.
Rabbi Matalon’s involvement in the New York, Jewish, and Israeli communities is broad and deep; he serves on a number of boards, including the Advisory Board of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, the Advisory Board of Beit Tefillah Israeli-Tel Aviv, and the Leadership Council of Habitat for Humanity. He has received awards from the New York Board of Rabbis, the Jewish Peace Fellowship, and the New Israel Fund.
Rabbi Matalon is a founding co-director of Piyut North America, a partnership between B’nai Jeshurun and Hazmanah Le-Piyut in Israel. A member of the New York Arabic Orchestra, he plays the ‘ud (Arabic lute). Rabbi Matalon is married and has two daughters.