Rabbi Daniel N. Geffen was ordained at Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in May, 2014. He also earned both an MA in Hebrew Literature and an MA in Jewish Education from HUC – JIR, Rhea Hirsch School of Education in Los Angeles. Before entering HUC-JIR he was graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BA in History in 2003.
Prior to assuming his position as rabbi at Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor, Rabbi Geffen served as a Rabbinic Intern at the Woodlands Community Temple in White Plains, NY and at Jewish Home Lifecareof Manhattan. He was also the Schusterman Rabbinic Resident at Temple Shaaray Tefila in New York City. Among his other jobs while attending rabbinic school, Rabbi Geffen served as a Curriculum Development Consultant at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, New York; Administrative Education Intern at Leo Baeck Temple,Los Angeles where he worked with the director and teachers of the Religious School and as a Congregational School Educator at New York’s Park Avenue Synagogue, where he taught 7th – 10th grade curriculum.
Additionally, Rabbi Geffen has worked as a grant writer for Kivunim: New Directions, New York and Director of Digital Operations for the Center for Online Judaic Studies, in New York. He also won several HUC-JIR awards including:
2013 Gavi Klonsky Award for "Amitz Lev" for Spirit, Character and Strength of Heart
2013 Sarah and Samuel Chernick Memorial Prize in Halakhic Literature
2013 The Rabbi Jerome R. Malino Annual Award
2011 Gavi Klonsky Award for "Amitz Lev" for Spirit,Character and Strength of Heart
2011 Rabbi Abraham J. Feldman Essay Prize
2010 Samuel Ellenson Memorial Prize in Rabbinics
2010 Rhoda Malino Prize in Modern Hebrew Literature
When asked why he became a rabbi, Rabbi Geffen said, “Helping to build community and to share my love of Jewish learning with students of all ages - this, is why I love what I do.This is why I love being a rabbi." Rabbi Geffen lives in Sag Harbor with his wife, LuAnne, who also has an active part on the Temple’s staff.
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Our Rabbi Emeritus
Rabbi Leon A. Morris was rabbi of Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor, NY for 15 years, four of which was as its first resident rabbi.
A leading educator in field of adult Jewish study, Rabbi Morris was founding director of Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan.
Ordained from Hebrew Union College in1997 where he was a Wexner Graduate Fellow, he has worked extensively as an educator with Jewish community of India, beginning in 1990 when he served as a Jewish Service Corps volunteer for American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and has returned many times for shorter volunteer work.
For three years Leon served as Director of New York Kollel: A Center for Adult Jewish Study at HUC-JIR. He was among founders of Lishmash, a one-day festival of Jewish life and learning. In addition to teaching at Skirball, he has taught at Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform synagogues, as well as Drisha Institute. He has contributed essays to Philadelphia Inquirer, Baltimore Sun, Jewish Weekand Beliefnet and has appeared on NPR's "Morning Edition" and PBS's "Religion and Ethics Newsweekly."
Click Here for a list of Rabbi Morris's articles and lectures.
Leon is a contributor recently published book, Jewish ology in Our Time: A New Generation Explores Foundations and Future of Jewish Belief (edited by Elliot Cosgrove, Jewish Lights, 2010) and has also contributed a chapter to Platforms and Prayer Books: ological and Liturgical Perspectives on Reform Judaism. Leon is a member of Shalom Hartman Institute's North American Scholars' Circle. He was recently selected as one of four editors of forthcoming Reform High Holiday prayer book to be published in 2015.
In June, 2014, he and his family made aliyah to Israel where he accepted the position of Vice President at The Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. He now lives there with his wife, Dasee Berkowitz, a Jewish educator, their son, Tamir and daughters, Yael and Shalva.
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Jordan Shaner is a native of Denver, Colorado. A cantorial and rabbinic student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, he has served as a cantorial intern and hazzan at Reform Congregation Oheb Sholom in Reading, PA; Or Olam -- the East 55th Street Conservative Synagogue in Manhattan; as well as North Shore Synagogue in Syosset, NY.
He has also been a Jewish educator at Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, Temple Shaarei Tefillah of Manhattan, the Society for the Advancement of Judaism, and Lab/Shul.
Jordan has also worked as a Jewish educator at Brandeis University's high school summer arts program BIMA, facilitating an artist's beit midrash in bibliodrama.
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