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The spiritual leader of a Jewish congregation is its rabbi. Our temple's rabbi also serves as principal of our Hebrew School, the Mike Weiner School of Jewish Learning, and conducts the Rabbi's Class as part of the temple's Adult Education program.

Rabbi Dr. Andy Dubin came to the JCNWJ in July, 2015, succeeding Rabbi Mary Zamore came to the JCNWJ in July, 2013, who in turn had succeeded Rabbi Emerita Ellen J. Lewis who served for 19 years.

After graduating from Amherst College in 1988, Rabbi Dr. Dubin embarked on a 20-year career in the field of education during which he taught religious studies at some of America's most demanding high schools, including St. Paul's (NH), Northfield Mount Hermon (MA), Trinity (NYC), and Exeter (NH). As well, Rabbi Dr. Dubin served as Dean of Students at two of the nation's finest pluralistic Jewish Schools: Gann Academy (MA) and American Hebrew Academy (NC). Over the years he also spent four summers as a Head-of-Tour for NFTY in Israel, which led to a position at the Union for Reform Judaism as Director of College Education and Founding Director of the Meitav Fellowship for Teen Leadership.

Rabbi Dr. Andy Dubin
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Throughout his years of teaching, Rabbi Dr. Dubin never stopped pursuing his own studies too, which led to a master's degree in 1992 and a doctorate in 2008, both from the Department of Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages of The Jewish Theological Seminary.

A 2014 ordinee of Hebrew Union College, Rabbi Dr. Dubin purposefully constructed a varied a student pulpit experience during his three years of training in New York., serving as Student Rabbi for Temple B'nai Israel (Albany, GA), Pastoral Care Intern for DOROT (NYC), Rabbinic Intern for Woodlands Community Temple (Greenburgh, NY), Religious School Principal and Rabbinic Intern for Union Temple (Brooklyn, NY), Student Chaplain at Weil Cornell Hospital (NYC), and Student Rabbi for Temple Beth HaSholom (Williamsport, PA).

Since 2013, Rabbi Dr. Dubin has been serving as the part-time Director of Hebrew Home Study and Adult Learning at Manhattan's Metropolitan Synagogue (a position he will continue to occupy, so long as his schedule at JCNWJ permits). Rabbi Dr. Dubin also teaches privately and officiates major life-cycle events.

A native New Yorker, Rabbi Dr. Dubin lives in Manhattan with his wife, Nancy (Cantor Nancy Dubin (Temple Am Echad, Lynbrook, New York) and their four children, Shira, Liron, Noa, and Ari.

The "Rabbi's Message" appears in every issue of the JOURNAL, the newsletter of the JCNWJ. The most recent message appears below; past messages are also available. Selected sermons are also provided below.

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February 2017 Message from Rabbi Dubin

Dear Friends,

It is with great pleasure that I write to report on the progress that our JCNWJ Israel Trip Planning Committee has already made in just our first two meetings so far.

During our first meeting on Sunday, December 11, 2016, it was decided that the 11-day trip will take place during the summer of 2018, and that it will be designed to appeal to people of all ages, from child to senior citizen. In addition, recognizing this will be the first Israel experience for some participants while others will have already been there before, we will be sure to schedule appropriate activities so that everyone can remain engaged throughout. And finally, we will make sure that those who wish to extend their stay to enjoy additional travel on their own, either before or after the JCNWJ trip, will be able to do so.

On Sunday, January 23, 2017, when the Committee came back together for our 2nd meeting, we were honored and excited to welcome Ehud Klinger, from ARZA World Travel. ARZA, by the way, stands for the “Association of Reform Zionists of America.” It was a pleasure to have Ehud with us, and very helpful to have his insight as we began the hard work of trying to figure out what kind of trip would be most appropriate to who we are as a community. The beauty of working with ARZA World Travel is that they will customize the trip exactly to our needs.

As I write this update to you, Ehud is hard at work writing up a proposed itinerary – based on what he learned from our meeting – for us to consider. Once we have reviewed his recommendations and tweaked as necessary, we will then begin the process of sharing our progress in more detail with the community. At that point, of course, we will take feedback and continue the tweaking process as needed (if needed!). In the meantime, if you have input you would like to offer already at this point, I invite you to share it with me at

One final note about our Planning Committee: Allow me to offer a public note of thanks to Lynne Kowski and Roy Loomis for stepping up to co-chair the effort. Lynne and Roy bring a wide array of leadership talents and skills to the organizing effort, and we are grateful. I have a feeling you will be hearing more from them over the coming months.

On a second – yet clearly related – topic, as we are now in the beginning stages of our 18(ish)-month period of preparation, I am happy to announce that I will be teaching a weekly Adult-Ed Hebrew course, open to all. There is no requirement that students will commit to joining us in Israel (though we’d LOVE it if you do!). While participation certainly will offer students some of the tools necessary to communicate in Israel in Modern Hebrew, primary curricular emphasis will be placed on the teaching of the Hebrew of Torah and prayer. A detailed invitation to register will be coming out soon.

I look forward to the next 18 months of preparation, as we gear up for this most wonderful journey together.

Todah Rabah,
Rabbi Dubin

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