Night of Jewish Learning 2017


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Rabbi Dahlia Bernstein

Rabbi Dahlia Bernstein is the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Ohr. She aims to make Torah study a deep and inspiring experience where people engage with each other and with rabbinic, Biblical, and modern texts. Dahlia graduated from SSHSLI herself and gets a real kick out of coming back to teach.





Rabbi Barry Chesler

Rabbi Barry J. Chesler has been teaching at Schechter School of Long Island since 1998. He also serves as the Coordinator for the Jewish Studies Department. In addition, he has taught at Prozdor High School [1999-2011] and has been teaching at Camp Ramah since 2002. He lives in Huntington with his wife Cantor Carol Chesler. They are the proud parents of 4 children: Rafi [SSHS 2011], Aliza [SSHS 2013], Avi [9th Grade], and Galit [5th Grade].





Rabbi Martin Cohen

 Martin Samuel Cohen was born and raised in New York City, where he received his B.A. summa cum laude from the City University of New York and where he was ordained as rabbi at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1978. In addition to his ordination, Rabbi Cohen earned a Ph.D. in the history of ancient Judaism from JTS, which degree was awarded to him in 1982. The recipient of post-doctoral fellowships at the Hebrew University in 1983 and at Harvard University in 1993, Rabbi Cohen has also lectured on the history of religion at Hunter College of the City University of New York and taught Bible and Talmud both at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York and at the Institute for Jewish Studies attached to the University of Heidelberg in Germany. In 1986, Rabbi Cohen left Europe for Canada, where he accepted the pulpit of the Beth Tikvah Congregation in Richmond, British Columbia. In 1999, he left Canada to assume the pulpit of Congregation Eilat in Mission Viejo, California, the position he left in 2002 to become the rabbi of the Shelter Rock Jewish Center in Roslyn, New York, where he is now in his fifteenth year of service.

In addition to his work as teacher and rabbi, Rabbi Cohen is an author and has published two scientific studies in the history of pre-kabbalistic Jewish mysticism, four novels and four books of essays, including the Hebrew-language Sefer Ha‘ikarim Livnei Zemanenu, as well as his own 2004 edition of the Book of Psalms, called Our Haven and our Strength: The Book of Psalms in New Translation. More recently, Rabbi Cohen has published the two-volume prayer book Siddur Tzur Yisrael, Zot Nechemati for the house of mourning, a children’s book called Riding the River of Peace, and The Boy on the Door on the Ox, an exploration of the relationship between Torah study and service in the congregational rabbinate. From 1997 to 2000 he served as chairman of the Publications Committee of the Rabbinical Assembly, and from 2000 through 2013 as chairperson of the editorial board of the quarterly journal, Conservative Judaism. Most recently, Rabbi Cohen served as senior editor of the 2012 landmark volume defining Conservative Jewish life, The Observant Life: The Wisdom of Conservative Judaism for Contemporary Jews, and is currently at work on his own Torah translation and commentary. He is also the senior editor of nine of the forthcoming Mesorah Matrix volumes on various aspects of Jewish life and prayer. An avid amateur pianist and a great lover of dogs, Rabbi Cohen is married and the father of two sons and a daughter.

Rabbi Ira Ebbin

Rabbi Ira Ebbin, grew up in Brooklyn, and attended rabbinical school at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) of Yeshiva University in the city, where he received his rabbinic ordination 2001.

Since then he has completed his Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from City University of New York-Brooklyn College and his Masters’ Degree in Public Administration, for non-profit organizations, at Baruch College in NY. Asked why he pursued this particular Masters’ he replied, “In order to fill the needs of a religious congregation in today’s world, being a knowledgeable Torah scholar and teacher doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll know how to manage an efficient organization. Working together with lay people and building relationships with individuals and other institutions are key factors in forming the finest product to best fit the needs of your community.”

His career took him to synagogues in Westchester and Connecticut, and for the last three years he's been at Temple Beth Zion in Montreal, Quebec Canada, where he oversaw 600 family member units The Brooklyn native, arrived in Merrick on July 9th 2010 to assume the pulpit of Congregation Ohav Sholom, replacing Rabbi Jeremiah Wohlberg after his 47 year tenure. Rabbi Ebbin, his wife Chevi, and their three girls, Shlomit, Shira and Anat are thrilled to be able to call Merrick their home. To add to this excitement the Ebbin’s welcomed a new baby boy, Issac on Wednesday October 13 2010.

Rabbi Joel Levenson

Rabbi Joel Levenson is a rabbi at Midway Jewish Center in Syosset. He was ordained in 2001 at the Jewish Theological Seminary where he also earned a Masters Degree in Jewish Education. This May, Joel expects to complete his Doctor of Ministry degree in Clinical Pastoral Education from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He is married to Leora Cohen and they have 3 students at the Schechter Lower School: Shir (3rd grade), Sam (2nd grade), and Gideon (Ganster).




Rabbi Cara Weinstein Rosenthal

Rabbi Cara Weinstein Rosenthal serves as USCJ’s Family Engagement Specialist, coaching synagogues to think critically and creatively about ways to engage young families in Jewish life and community. Rabbi Rosenthal has served as an education and outreach consultant to USCJ’s METNY District, and has taught for a variety of adult-education programs, including Chai Mitzvah, J Learn, and the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School. Before coming to United Synagogue, Rabbi Rosenthal served as the spiritual leader of Congregation B’nai Israel in Freeport, NY.

Rabbi Rosenthal was ordained by the Rabbinical School of the Jewish Theological Seminary and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She resides in Roslyn Heights, NY with her husband, David, and their children, Sara and Eli.




Moot Beit Din / Rav Yosi Cirlin

Rav Yosi Cirlin is Rav Beit haSefer at the Schechter School of Long Island where he has been teaching since 2013. In addition to his role as mara d’atra, Rav Yosi teaches Talmud and Tanakh in the HS as well as being the advisor for the school’s Moot Beit Din team. Rav Yosi graduated from Binghamton University with a bachelors in Philosophy and Judaic Studies. After graduation, Rav Yosi spent two years in the Kollel at the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies and two years as a full time fellow at Yeshivat Hadar. After completing four years of study, he received private smicha in Israel from Rabbi Elisha Anscelovits of Yeshivat Ma'ale Gilboa and Rabbi Daniel Landes of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. Rav Yosi currently lives in Washington Heights with his wife Amy and their son Uriel Moshe. Moot Beit Din is a national competetion run by RAVSAK that challenges Jewish high school students to examine the ethical and moral dimensions of Jewish law through creative engagement with contemporary situations. The students are given a contemporary case that must be explored through a written decision and oral argument before a panel of rabbis, scholars, and lawyers.







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