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Rabbi Howard S Joseph


Rabbi Howard S. Joseph was the Rabbi Emeritus of Montreal’s Spanish and Portuguese Congregation, Canada’s oldest synagogue, founded in 1759.

The passing of Rabbi Joseph was announced on August 13, 2021.
Rabbi Howard S. Joseph, a mainstay of Modern Orthodoxy in Canada for nearly four decades, served as the spiritual leader of the Spanish & Portuguese Congregation – the oldest synagogue in Canada – since 1970. He received his BS in mathematics in 1961 from the Yeshiva University, and later, his MA in Hebrew Literature from Revel in 1964. That same year, he received his rabbinic ordination from RIETS, under Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik and Dr. Samuel Belkin.
  Rabbi Joseph served the Spanish & Portuguese Congregation for forty years with devotion and passion. He was beloved and known throughout the city of Montreal, Canada, Israel, and even the world. He was a rabbi’s rabbi, a great teacher, and an enthusiastic member of our community. As was noted, Rabbi Joseph was a man of peace, always striving to unite the members of the congregation. He treated everyone with kindness and respect.
We present our sincere condolences to his spouse and family. 

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Aug. 13, 2021.  
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