Enhancing the religious life of the community members is a primary goal of Ganei Ha’Ela. Led by the vision of Rabbi Gottlieb, the neighborhood will provide the necessary resources to help you and your family grow in your relationship with HaKadosh Baruch Hu.

  • The center of Ganei Ha’Ela will be the communal Beit Knesset. Tefillah in our community will be characterized by the appropriate solemnity and, at the same time, be filled with passion and inspiration. With multiple minyanim the Beit Knesset will be large and flexible enough to serve all of our members. By providing a beautiful Mikdash Me’at we will not only enhance our own prayers but will also mold our children’s attitude towards tefillah and kedushat Beit HaKnesset.

    Torah is the source of life of the Jewish people and it will be at the heart of our community. A Beit Midrash (located in the Beit Knesset building) will be filled with seforim and – more importantly – the vibrant “kol Torah” of chavruta learning and a multitude of regular shiurim. Additional “parent-child learning programs,” special shiurim, and seasonal Yamei Iyun will provide further opportunities for Torah study.

Rabbi Dovid Gottlieb, the leader of the Ganei Ha’Ela community, is the former rabbi of Congregation Shomrei Emunah, a prominent synagogue in Baltimore, MD. In August, 2010 Rabbi Gottlieb and his family made aliyah to Israel, where they currently live in Ramat Shilo, a suburb of Ramat Beit Shemesh.


While at Shomrei Emunah Rabbi Gottlieb was known for his inspiring talks, numerous weekly shiurim, high energy, and strong leadership, as well as for his deep care and concern for every member.


Since making aliyah Rabbi Gottlieb has taught at Yeshivat Shaalvim, Midreshet AMIT, and Mercaz Tiferet, and has also lectured for Adult Education programs in Ramat Beit Shemesh, Yerushalayim, Chashmona’im, and Modi’in. He is currently writing a book on the Laws of Yom Tov for the OU Press and this coming year Rabbi Gottlieb is excited to be a Ram at Yeshivat Ashreinu, a new yeshiva in Beit Shemesh.


A highly regarded teacher, Rabbi Gottlieb has also served as a Scholar in Residence for numerous communities in the United States and Israel, and was one of the featured speakers at the recent Siyum Hashas at the Jerusalem Great Synagogue.


Rabbi Gottlieb received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University (RIETS), where he was also a member of their prestigious Wexner Kollel Elyon. In addition to publishing numerous articles and co-editing two scholarly works, Rabbi Gottlieb is the author of Ateret Yaakov, a book of in-depth essays about a wide range of halachic topics.


Over 400 of Rabbi Gottlieb’s classes and articles are available online at


Click here to read Rabbi Gottlieb’s moving “Goodbye Drasha” to his community in Baltimore.


Click here to listen to Rabbi Gottlieb’s inspiring remarks at the 12th Siyum Hashas.