Our Affiliation

USCJ

We are affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, the association of Conservative congregations in North America.

Clergy and Leadership

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Neil Kurshan serves as the rabbi of the Huntington Jewish Center. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his Doctorate in Education from Harvard. He was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary and has served Conservative congregations in Port Washington and Huntington, N.Y.

He is the author of the book, Raising Your Child to be a Mensch, is married to Alisa Rubin Kurshan and is the father of four children. His current professional interest is spiritual formation, helping members of his congregation to clarify their understanding about God and the spiritual dimension of their lives.

 

Cantor Photo 12-18-13Cantor Israel Gordan has been an active part of the music scene of  the independent minyans, which are drawing thousands of young adults back to  synagogue and Judaism with their traditional, but captivating music.  Cantor Gordan brings this music to the Huntington Jewish  community, and this can be experienced at our synagogue’s Friday Night Live  services, which feature instrumental music and spirited singing.  “We need to sustain the traditional music of  Jewish worship, but do it in a way that touches people’s souls and attracts  them to synagogue – especially our teenagers and young adults, according to HJC’s  Rabbi Neil Kurshan.  In addition to leading services, Cantor Gordan (Izzy) teaches music in the religious and nursery schools, prepares students for Bar/Bat Mitzvah and runs adult education programs, such as adult Bar Mitzvah training.  Cantor Gordan is also our Director of Synagogue Programming & Religious School Innovation.  In an important component of this role, the Cantor provides internal consulting advice and substantive input to our school curriculum that is intended to help us re-imagine our educational vision.  The Cantor’s expanded role will extend beyond the school and into programming for the synagogue at large as well.

Born in Seattle, WA, Izzy grew up in Massachusetts.   He majored in Urban Studies at NYC’s Columbia College, and spent a semester studying at the Rothberg  International School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  After graduating college, Izzy moved to Los  Angeles where he  worked for Camp Ramah, and for Marc Platt Productions at Universal Studios.  Returning to New York, Izzy worked for the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  In 2007, Izzy began his  studies at the H. L. Miller Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary and quickly became a student of the William  Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education as well.   Cantor Gordan graduated from JTS in May of 2011 with a Masters in Jewish Education, a Masters of Sacred Music, and ordination as  Hazzan.  Izzy is married to Abigail Uhrman, who earned her Ph.D. in Education and Jewish Studies from NYU and is an assistant professor of Jewish education at JTS.  They are the proud parents of Noa Ariel and Eli Jonah.

Music from Cantor Gordan

 

Ilene Brown, Director, Early Childhood Center

 

 

William Wertheim became Huntington Jewish Center’s President in June, 2013.

Jane Hallberg, Synagogue Administrator.  Jane has a long history with HJC and has held many staff positions – she has taught in the nursery school classroom, assisted with Religious School matters and has run the summer camp. Jane is intimately aware of workings of the various aspects of our synagogue.  She brings a great amount of experience and exuberance into the main office.

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