Rabbi Mike Stern


Miracles on Montgomery Ave!

It’s been 2 months since Rabbi Mike fell ill. As you well know by now, we almost lost him. But by the grace of G-d, with tremendous community prayer and support, constant davening tehillim and Denise’s sheer will, he continues to recover.

Mike continues to improve, albeit at a very slow pace. He is on a path to recovery and positive developments are happening; sometimes daily, but there are hiccups along the way.  Three steps forward, and occasionally the odd step backwards.

Our collective prayers for a complete refund shelema for Rabbi are being heard by Hashem - and we need every one of you to continue to storm the gates of heaven by davening with as much kavanah as you can muster. He needs your prayers now, more than ever.

Witness and be a part of the miracle happening on Montgomery Ave. Your Tzedakah in Mike’s name will go a long way towards helping Mike return to his home at some point in the future. Donate to the Go Fund Me page here or, if you want a charitable donation receipt, you can make a check payable to Rabbi Without Walls and send to the address below. 

On behalf of the family we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your ongoing support.  Let’s get Mike Home!



Wow! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to all of you whose generous donations have brought us ever so close to our goal of raising $100,000.  Rabbi Mike still needs your inspirational prayers for a complete recovery and his family continues to need your financial support. Let’s blow through that milestone and push for more!

Mike has been moved back to Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital where they are pushing him to re-learn how to talk and to perform some of life’s most basic tasks.  He is awake more and more each week and can recognize family members and friends. We are encouraged by his recent progress but make no mistake, Rabbi has a very, very long road of demanding rehabilitation therapy ahead.

As you can imagine, this is a sad and difficult situation for the family. Being without their beloved Tati is hard enough, but nothing should stand in the way of a Simcha! We are planning a Bar Mitzvah for Rabbi Mike’s youngest son, Shaya. The date is Monday, January 14th and will be held 7:30 AM at Congregation Ahavas Torah, 1425 Rhawn St., Philadelphia. MAZEL TOV, SHAYA!

Please keep us in your prayers and spread the word that we still need your help.  There are members of the community who are continuing to spread the words of Mike’s teachings (Green Speech, One Heart, The Shoshie Rules, and more) by holding events (learning, lectures, simchas) in honor and in support of Rabbi Mike and the family.  If you know of anyone who would like to support us in this way, please ask them to get in touch with sternfamilyupdate@gmail.com




This Chanukah is going to be a very challenging one for our Rabbi Mike.  In recent days there have been a couple of, what are hopefully minor, medical setbacks. After just a couple of days in Rehab, he has now been transferred back to Lankenau hospital. Three steps forward and one step back.

We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your generous support on this Go Fund Me page.  Over 650 of you have been moved to act by Rabbi Mike’s story!

But we urgently need your prayers and tehillum more than ever. And just as important, we really need your continued financial support.  There are so many known and unknown expenses facing the long road to recovery ahead for Mike and his family.  

Rabbi Mike needs your help.  We want to blast this campaign to as many people as possible and ask you to forward this page to at least 1 friend - preferably 2 or 3. Our goal is to break $100,000 by the end of Chanukah. What a wonderful gift it would be.


In this month of miracles, we must all continue to daven for Rabbi Mike's complete refua shelema. While we have shared the news of his slow emergence from coma, and his transfer from the ICU to a rehab hospital, in the last couple of days he has suffered a bit of a setback.  He's back in the hospital for now and he really needs your continuing prayers and financial support.

On October 31st, Rabbi Michael Stern (Yosef Elimelech ben Yehudis) suffered multiple life-threatening cardiac events that put him in the Cardiac Intensive Care unit of Lankenau hospital in Philadelphia.
With the tremendous support of your prayers and community members rallying to help the family we have, Baruch Hashem, made it past a very big milestone- after almost 4 weeks in the ICU, Rabbi Mike has progressed enough to be transferred to the Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital just outside Philly.

Having said that, there is still a VERY long road ahead. At this point in time, Mike is unable to do much of anything physical. He is unable to speak, and his mental awareness is just beginning to emerge from a very dark place. We implore you to continue to pray, no, storm the Gates of Heaven, for a complete recovery for Rabbi Mike.  He is facing many, many, months – maybe years – of difficult and arduous rehabilitation, but he is a fighter and ISN’T EVER GOING TO GIVE UP. And neither will we.

In addition to medical challenges, his family is facing significant financial hardship.  WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please consider donating to this Go Fund Me page to help fund his medical and living expenses.

Rabbi Stern is the founder and leader of Rabbi Without Walls and has helped literally thousands by inspiring the world to infuse mutual respect, peace and unity in our homes, schools, community and lives. He needs, no, the world needs, his life’s work to continue to heal the world.

We thank you in advance for your healing prayers help and supporter this very difficult time.


Rabbi Without Walls is a 501C3 charity and all contributions to it are tax deductible.  Please send an email to sternfamilyupdate@gmail.com to receive a receipt.

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    • $118 
    • 2 mos
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    • $50 
    • 6 mos
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    • $100 
    • 6 mos
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    • $36 
    • 6 mos
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    • $360 
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Fundraising team (3)

Brooke Bauer 
Raised $25 from 1 donation
Bala Cynwyd, PA
Denise Stern 
Aleeza Ben Shalom 
Team member
This team raised $111,044 from 854 other donations.
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