Rabbi Jay M. Stein Named New Rabbi of The Greenburgh Hebrew Center

Published: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 By: Lori Sloane

The Greenburgh Hebrew Center has announced the appointment of Rabbi Jay M. Stein as its new spiritual leader, as of July 1, 2015. Rabbi Barry Kenter, who has served as the synagogue’s spiritual leader since 1984, has been appointed Rabbi Emeritus.

“Rabbi Stein’s enthusiasm, lively personality, compassion and depth of knowledge will appeal to all members of the community, from youngest to oldest, and everyone in between,” according to Phil Karmel, GHC’s President.  He added, “we look forward to his leadership as we continue to expand our Early Childhood Center and Religious School, which have seen significant growth in the last two years.”

Before coming to the Greenburgh Hebrew Center, Rabbi Stein previously served as the Rabbi of Har Zion Temple in Pennsylvania and Temple Beth Ahm in New Jersey and as the Director of the Center for Teen Philanthropy and Leadership and Director of Synagogue Outreach and Engagement at UJA-Federation of New York.

Rabbi Stein received his rabbinic ordination, an M.A. in Jewish Education and a B.A. in Philosophy from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.  He also holds a B.A. in Sociology from Columbia University.

In addition to his responsibilities at the Greenburgh Hebrew Center, Rabbi Stein serves as an appointed member of the Rabbinical Assembly’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, the governing body that sets the standard of halachic practice for the Conservative Movement.  He has authored papers for the Committee on diverse topics, including Special Needs Jewish Education, Ritual in the Synagogue and Physician Strikes. Rabbi Stein has also written articles on the subject of domestic violence for rabbinic resource publications. 

In the course of his professional career Rabbi Stein has served as a national consultant in the area of Jewish supplemental high school education, and as the Rabbinic Advisor to Israel's Ministry of Tourism.  He founded and headed a regional think tank for rabbis serving as spiritual leaders in Solomon Schechter Day Schools and is a certified counselor for chemical dependence. 

Rabbi Stein will be residing in Dobbs Ferry and is the proud father of a son and four daughters.

The Greenburgh Hebrew Center, founded in 1947, is an inclusive, egalitarian, participatory Conservative Jewish congregation located in central Westchester County.  It welcomes and includes people from all walks of life and from many communities within Westchester County – singles and families – traditional, interfaith, blended and LGBTQ.  GHC serves the Jewish community by providing programs and services in support of their on-going commitment to educating children, adults and the community.

The Greenburgh Hebrew Center is located at 515 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY.  For further information, please call 914-693-4260 or go to www.g-h-c.org.