That's the Chabad rabbi of stamford, where I grew up, Rabbi Yisrael Deren. Truly amazing person. Here's an article by his wife, Vivi, on helping to take care of Noah's parents: http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/2076091/jewish/Driving-Home-from-Newtown.htm
re: The Tefilin.The father was an onein.
I wonder why the first rabbi is wearing the tallit like a scarf. If it doesn't cover the shoulders, then it's like he's not wearing it at all. Perhaps, since it is not a real prayer service, and there is a machloket about wearing a tallit except in the morning.Josh
he looks Reform to me, and that is how Reform wear the tallit
He's a conservative rabbi.The talit is part of the uniform.Whether or not its chayav b'tzitzis is not the issue.Rest assured, you need not concern yourselves about his having made a berocha l'votolo, as he probably did not make one at all.