About our Spiritual Leader,
Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum
Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum and his wife, Amy and family set down their roots in the Five Towns over thirty years ago, when Rabbi Rosenbaum was called to serve Temple Israel as Assistant Rabbi and Director of Education. Amy Rosenbaum graduated from Midwood High School, which Rabbi Rosenbaum also attended and graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, with honors, having earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Fashion Design. Having won top awards at Pratt in Fashion Design, she went on to become a leading young designer of women’s clothing on Seventh Avenue.
Rabbi Rosenbaum attended the combined undergraduate, graduate and rabbinic program of the University of Cincinnati and Hebrew Union College. After receiving his Bachelors in Political Science from the University of Cincinnati, he transferred to the New York Branch of the Hebrew Union College from which he received his graduate and post-graduate degrees and was ordained in 1975. His graduate studies were in the areas of Political Science, International Relations, Jewish Law, Bible and pastoral counseling. Rabbi Rosenbaum has served the community in many roles including Staff Chaplain of the 8 th Medical Brigade US Army Reserve, Chaplain of the New York State Division of Parole, Chaplain of the Freeport Police Dept. and adjunct associate professor Fordham University Law School. He was a founder of the North American Board of Rabbis of which he now serves as President and he served on the Board of the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations which is the body empowered to speak on behalf of World Jewry to the other religions of the world. Our Rabbi was recognized as Chaplain of the Year by the New York Board of Rabbis for his work at Ground Zero in the aftermath of 9/11. Since returning to Temple Israel as spiritual leader fifteen years ago, Rabbi Rosenbaum has brought prominence to our pulpit as the voice of Social Justice on the American scene. Our guest speakers comprise the who’s who of the international arenas of religion, politics and academia.
The Rosenbaum’s have always held Temple Israel of Lawrence as their spiritual center. It is at Temple Israel that they and their family have celebrated their life-cycle events. Rabbi Rosenbaum walks with and knows the diverse generations that constitute our Temple family. Rabbi Joel Zion was a role model for Rabbi Rosenbaum and through example, helped to prepare him for the challenging and rewarding service of being Senior Rabbi of our Temple. Our Rabbi is known and is recognized nationally and internationally for his work in interfaith relations, international youth programs and advocacy on behalf of Israel and World Jewry.
Rabbi Rosenbaum’s philosophy of the Rabbinate places people and their needs first. He has always said that the first obligation of the Rabbi is to be accessible and to be there when your congregants need you. Rabbi Rosenbaum is committed to Religious Education and the spiritual growth and welfare of our children. Through his engaging sermons, special holiday celebrations, adult education programs and prominence as a Pulpit Rabbi, he brings the World into the Temple and the Temple into the World. The Rosenbaum’s bring warmth, creativity, concern and commitment to family to our Temple. For them. the Five Towns Community is their Community; Temple Israel is their Temple and working together with our lay leaders and congregants at every age and stage of life, we go forward to build for the future of our congregation, community and Nation.