Bellmore Jewish Center appoints new spiritual leader

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“She joins us with her own combination of enthusiasm, knowledge and love of Judaism,” he said. “We are anxious to learn more about the beauty of our heritage with her and look forward to an exciting future.”

A Plainview native, Bernstein will return to Long Island at the end of the month with her husband of three years. Aaron Friedman is a stand-up comedian and children’s entertainer.

Bernstein said she decided to come to Bellmore because everyone she has met in the community has been warm and welcoming. Noting that the congregation is like a family, she said she admired the active nature of the community.

“I am ecstatic to be joining a community that values the dignity and participation of each individual,” she said. “From the moment I stepped foot into the Bellmore Jewish Center, I knew that this was an inclusive and compassionate community.”

The rabbi said she hopes people will feel comfortable reaching out to her at any time. Bernstein explained that building relationships with families and others in the community is her chief goal. “I believe that, in order to be an effective leader, you really do need to know the people that you’re leading,” she said.

The board explained that Bernstein will officiate at all services and programs, teach in their Hebrew school, work with B’nai Mitzvah candidates and reach out to all congregants. She will also work with the Hazak group of established members of the community.

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