Our Rabbi



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




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

                            SEMICHA FROM RABBI  DAVID WEISS HALIVNI, ZTZ”L

1990 – 1994      Yeshivat Bayit Chadash, Carlebach Institute, Torah Lishmah                                TALMID MUVHAK OF RABBI SHLOMO CARLEBACH, ZTZ”L

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






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

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

Band leader: Ashira Klezmer Orchestra 1993 – 1998

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

Sterling Lineage:

Father was an electronics engineer and played a large role in many 20th century technological developments in radio, color television, satellite infrared detection, facsimile machines, dot com and was an early internet pioneer. Founding member of the IEEE.

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


1 Response to Our Rabbi

  1. Steve Schaeffer says:

    I believe we have the finest Rabbi in the city. I am proud to be part of his congregation!

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