Rabbi Hirshel Jaffe, who has ben called “a living hero”, has led a life of courage and compassion. Competing in the New York Marathon earned him the nickname “The Running Rabbi.” In 1980, Rabbi Jaffe visited the 52 Americans held hostage in Iran to offer them comfort and hope and deliver letters to their families and loved ones. Upon the return of our freed Americans he was invited by President Ronald Reagan to greet them in a White House ceremony. The Rabbi prayed with world leaders at the Presidential Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C and delivered a message about bridging the gulf that divides us. As a five time cancer survivor his battles with life threatening illness inspired him to co-author “Why Me? Why Anyone?”, the story of his rescue from leukemia and his spiritual triumph over despair.
The Rabbi received the Presidential “Award of Courage” in a White HouseRead More
In 1978, I entered the New York City Marathon wearing a T-shirt proclaiming me “The Running Rabbi.” I was just as tireless in my calling as a rabbi in Newburgh, New York. I led a march against the Klan, rallied to free Soviet Jews, and visited ou...Read More
The BBC interviewed me for a Documentary Special about my visit to the 52 hostages held captive in Iran and released after 444 days in January 1981, when President Reagan invited me to greet the liberated Americans in a White House Ceremony. Below is...Read More
What does courage look like? Each spring, an award is given to a person who has made a significant contribution to the world. This past spring, a woman was nominated who had spent many years of her life hiding her personal identity, and who had, at l...Read More