Bachurei Chemed – BACH Jewish Center (BACH) is turning to one of the modern Orthodox world’s most dynamic young spiritual leaders, Rabbi Benny Berlin, to lead the congregation into the next generation of its growth.
Rabbi Benny and his wife, Sara, join the BACH after serving as co-directors of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (OU-JLIC) at Queens College, where they created an energetic and vibrant Jewish community.
“Rabbi Berlin and his wife, Sara, have a strong track record of igniting the spirit and engagement of every community in which they have served. In their first week with us and even through the COVID-19 crisis, they managed to personally introduce themselves to every member family, albeit with the proper social distancing, to make individual connections with each of our families,” said BACH President Sinclair Haberman. “They have already run a virtual concert for the community as well as shiurim.”
“While in their role at Queens College, the Berlins ran weekly lecture series, conducted daily prayer services, and hosted weekly Shabbat meals for hundreds of students on campus. Rabbi Berlin also provided pastoral counseling,” added Haberman.
In addition to shul programming, Rabbi Berlin is looking forward to giving daily shiurim and premarital classes, providing pastoral care, as well as creating social activities. High on his list is bringing in young families who are looking for an out-of-town feel but within close proximity to Jewish amenities. The community offers an eruv, mikveh, kosher butcher, and bakery.
Sara is looking forward to teaching kallah classes for the community, learning with girls for their bat mitzvahs, running chesed programs, teaching a monthly rosh chodesh class, and launching a new program, “Tidal Tots” which is a Mommy and Me-style program with Jewish themes and songs.
“Long Beach has a rich and long history in the narrative of the New York Jewish community. It enjoys a closeness to all the region has to offer in terms of shuls, learning, and kosher establishments, while having the added benefit of a beautiful beach and boardwalk. Sara and I are excited to join the BACH community and help with its growth by bringing in young couples and families,” said Rabbi Berlin. “We very much see our home as an extension of the shul and we are looking forward to members joining us for meals and stopping by on Shabbos for divrei Torah and singing.”
Rabbi Berlin previously served as the rabbinic assistant at The Hampton Synagogue in Westhampton Beach, and as the assistant rabbi of The East Hill Synagogue in Englewood, New Jersey. He received his rabbinical ordination from Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He holds a master of arts in Jewish education from Touro College and is in the process of studying for his doctor of education in Jewish educational leadership and administration from Yeshiva University.
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