In November 2014, our shul was founded by Rabbi Uri Lesser, himself a native of West Hempstead.
The name Bais Torah U’tefilah (BTU) was chosen as it embodies the shul’s mission and vision. BTU offers a warm and welcoming place for tefilah, where both decorum and ruach are top priorities, while also providing an additional makom torah in the community – serving as a bais medrash where people have the opportunity to learn b’chavrusa, or attend weekly shiurim.
More than just a shul, BTU is a close-knit kehilah built upon the many young families who share the vision described above. Our members consist of both long-tenured residents of West Hempstead, as well as families who have moved in more recently from areas such as Queens, Far Rockaway, and the Five Towns. Currently, BTU has over 65 members (families), rapidly growing every year since our inception.
Throughout the week BTU is bustling with activity, providing daily minyanim and an array of weekly shiurim, including the ever popular Semichat Chaver Program, and Thursday night Parsha Shiur and Mishmar.
West Hempstead is a wonderful neighborhood filled with all the amenities needed for Frum families (mikvah, eruv, kosher Supermarket, etc.). Just 20 minutes away from both the Five Towns and Queens, the neighborhood is very centralized and offers convenient access to NYC and other areas along Long Island. Home to numerous shuls, minyanim are available throughout the day. Our local Rabbanim all share very close relationships which is reflected in how the community members treat each other.
Rabbi Uri Lesser has served as our Mo’rei d’asra since founding the shul in 2014. His warm and welcoming demeanor sets the tone for the kehilla. During the week Rabbi Lesser serves as the Director of Pastoral Care at the Gurwin Jewish Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and previously taught as a High School Rebbi in Queens for eight years.
Anyone interested in more information about Bais Torah U’Tefilah, or the West Hempstead community should contact Rabbi Lesser at Rabbi@BTUWH.org.