Rabbi Dr. Moshe D. Tendler z”l

Great Neck Synagogue notes with sorrow the passing of Rabbi Dr. Moshe D. Tendler, the first rabbi of Great Neck Synagogue.
For Pesach 1951, Yeshiva University sent Rabbi Tendler to serve as the rabbi of a fledgling new orthodox congregation in Great Neck, housed at that time in a room over the Squire Movie Theater.
Rabbi Natan Slifkin, who from time to time clashed with Rabbi Tendler over scientific and halachic issues wrote: “The Jewish People lost a bold rabbinic leader over chag with the passing of Rabbi Dr. Moshe Tendler, ztz”l. He was a rare individual with connections to both the yeshiva world and the scientific enterprise. In addition, he possessed a truly rare attribute of courageously speaking his mind, and not being intimidated into having to conform with the yeshivishe velt.“
On the 50th anniversary of Great Neck Synagogue, Rabbi Tendler shared his thoughts of those early days. You can read them here.