2002-08-17 / Community

Ohab Zedek Engages

Joshua Berkowitz As
Rabbi

Joshua Berkowitz As
Rabbi

Stanley Liker and Mendy Bauman, the Presidium of Congregation Ohab Zedek of Belle Harbor, are pleased to announce that the Board of Governors and the membership engaged Rabbi Joshua Berkowitz as the incoming Rabbi of the Synagogue. Rabbi Berkowitz succeeds Rabbi Jacob Reiner who served as the spiritual leader of the Synagogue for 34 years.

Rabbi Berkowitz, a student of the revered Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, of blessed memory, was ordained at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. He received his B. A. degree from Yeshiva College and continued his higher education, earning a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from Fordham University, a Master of Science degree in Jewish History from Yeshiva University, and a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Connecticut, and is a recipient of a Professional Certificate in that discipline.

Rabbi Berkowitz comes to Ohab Zedek from Congregation Shaarei Tefilla in Los Angeles, California, where he served as the rabbi for the past six years. Prior to that he was the Associate Rabbi at the Beth Jacob Congregation in Beverly Hills, the Rabbi at Congregation Agudas Sholom in Stanford, Connecticut, and the Rabbi of Congregation Shaarei Tzedek in Curacao, N.A.

He is the Vice President of the Rabbinical Council of California and the Chairman of the Vaad Hakashrut. He is also the Vice President of the Southern California Board of Rabbis and a member of the Regional Cabinet of Israel Bonds.

Rabbi Berkowitz comes to Ohab Zedek with a considerable background as a Jewish communal leader, a scholar, administrator, author and counselor. He is a popular lecturer and has published in local and national periodicals including "Judaism," "Midstream," and "The Jewish Spectator." He is currently completing a book on the psychology of the Jewish religion.

Rabbi Berkowitz is married with four children, Rochel, Malka, Chaim and Adena. His wife, Sharon, graduated Phi Betta Kappa from Brooklyn College and continued graduate studies at Columbia University, and teaches in Jewish day schools.

Rabbi Berkowitz will assume his duties as Rabbi of Congregation Ohab Zedek in mid-August and will conduct services on the High Holy Days.

Rabbi Jacob Reiner, who served as the Rabbi of Congregation Ohab Zedek for the past 34 years was appointed by the membership as Rabbi Emeritus. He will continue to serve on the faculty of Yeshiva University as a Professor of Jewish History both at Stern College for Women and at Yeshiva College of the University.


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