About The Rabbi

A LIFE OF SERVICE:

 

2022 – present  Rabbi, Temple Beth El of Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, NY

2022 – present  Lecturer, Jewish Spirituality, JASA Center, Brooklyn, NY

2007 – 2022      Rabbi, Temple Israel of the Poconos, Stroudsburg, PA

2007 – 2022     Volunteer Jewish Chaplain, Monroe County Correctional                                         Institute

2018 – 2022     Volunteer Chaplain, Gluco Lodge Personal Care Home,                                             Stroudsburg, PA

2004 – 2006     Middle School Judaic Instructor, Solomon Schechter,                                               Manhattan

2001 – 2004     Rabbi, Congregation Agudas Israel, Newburgh, NY

1998 – 2000     Assistant Rabbi Congregation Shaarie Torah, Portland, OR

1994 – 1998      Ritual Director, JCC of Ft. Lee, NJ

1990 – 1994      Ritual Director, Temple Beth El of Rockaway Park, Queens,                                   NY

1989 – 1990     Ritual Director, Temple Hillel, North Woodmere, NY

1986 – 1989     Chaplain, Fall River Jewish Home for the Aged, Fall River, MA

1982- 1985      Judaic Instructor, Merrimack Valley Hebrew Academy,                                           Lowell, MA

1976 – 1981     Educational Staff; Camp Ramah of the Berkshires

Prepared and trained over 500 students for their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs over the span of four decades

 

EDUCATION

 

1994 – 1998       Rabbinical Ordination; The Metivta, Institute of Traditional                                 Judaism;  Talmudic Studies, Codes, Tanach, Midrash,                                               Rabbinic Commentaries, Rishonim, Acharonim, Homiletics,                                   Pastoral Counseling; Teaneck, NJ

1990 – 1994      Yeshivat Bayit Chadash, Carlebach Institute, Torah Lishmah

1982 – 1985      M. J. Ed.  Hebrew College, Brookline, MA

1975 – 1981      B.A., Brandeis University, Waltham, MA                                                                                    History, NEJS; Teaching Certification,                                                                              Commonwealth of Massachusetts

1979 – 80        Young Judaea Year Course, Kibbutz Gesher Haziv, Israel;                                        Kibbutz studies, Avocados, Plastics and Bananas

1978 – 79        University of Haifa; Zionist History and Philosophy, Haifa,                                   Israel, Pardes Institute of Judaic Studies, Jerusalem, Israel

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

Multilingual: fluency in English, Hebrew, French, Arabic, Aramaic, Yiddish, and soon – Russian

Musical skills: singing, violin, mandolin, dumbek, jembai, and tambourine

Father of two daughters (Abu el- Banat): Tifarah and Yisraela

 

Sterling Lineage:

Father was an electronic engineer and played a large role in many 20th century technological developments in radio, color television, satellite infrared detection, facsimile machines, dot com and internet pioneer

Mother was a Hebrew Scholar, a Jewish Educator and an expert in Biblical literature