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Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum

Temple Israel of Lawrence 140 Central Avenue Lawrence, NY 11559 – View on Map
(516) 239-1140


Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum is a Spiritual leader of Temple Israel.  He and his family have been residents of the five towns and members of the Temple Israel family for 25 years.  As assistant Rabbi and Director of Education of the congregation, Rabbi Rosenbaum distinguished himself with our young families in the Religious and Nursery schools, through his hands on approach to Jewish education from preschool through high school and Bar/Bat Mitzvah training.  He sees as his mission narrowing the distance between the people of the book and the books of our people.  To this end he will work with all the generations of the congregation using the classroom, the pulpit, adult studies and programs to inform, challenge and engage our membership.


      Rabbi Rosenbaum is known in our community and the American Rabbinate as a caring and compassionate pastor and social activist.  He believes that the primary responsibility of a Rabbi is being accessible and being there for his people in time of joy and times of sorrow.


 In addition to his active participation in many associations, Rabbi Rosenbaum works the International arena in building bridges of understanding between the American Jewish community and Jewish communities and foreign governments across Diaspora and Israel.


      This past year he initiated the first American Jewish and German exchange program for high school students and plans to continue this work promoting tolerance, respect, appreciation and partnership among young people with the youth of our temple.  He believes that what happens to one person of faith anywhere affects all people of faith everywhere.  He’s been an active participant in the Mid-East Peace process and promoting equality for Reform Jews in Israel. He also established the first youth exchange program between the Vatican and Temple Israel.



Locations Served:
New York - Long Island

Congregational Rabbi:

Temple Israel of Lawrence

Background & Training:
He has served as Vice President of the New York Association of Reform Rabbis, the largest region of the International Reform Rabbinic body, the Central Conference of Reform Rabbis, as an officer of the New York Board of Rabbis, and chairman of its social action and international relations commissions. 

He is a founder and the Secretary General of the North American Boards of Rabbis, an umbrella organization for Boards of Rabbis across the United States and Canada. 

He was recognized as chaplain of the year for his work with rescue workers and victim’s families at Ground Zero and the aftermath of the terrorist attack on September 11.

Association of Reform Rabbis, Central Conference of Reform Rabbis, New York Board of Rabbis, North American Boards of Rabbis

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