Rabbi Jay Weinstein - Spiritual Leader
Why Does one become a Rabbi?
There are many reasons. Rabbi Jay believes G-d called him to be a Rabbi. A wandering Jew himself, he understands what it feels like to search for a meaningful Judaism.
As the Rabbi of Congregation Simchat HaLev, he prays that he will inspire his congregants of all ages to be Jews who love Judaism, spirituality, tradition, and have a connection with G-d, the Source of All Life.
A graduate of the Aleph Rabbinic Seminary, Rabbi Jay believes that all learning is invaluable. For him it was rabbinical school, the study of our sacred texts, the stories of our people, and going into the community to see what the people are doing: walking the path with them in their joy and in their pain, sorrow and fear, and witnessing their learning and growth.
Rabbi Jay brings to his rabbinate and our congregation his experience as a father of seven, of being a nurse, psychotherapist, hospital chaplain and bereavement specialist.
Rabbi Jay is a member of OHALAH - the Association of Rabbis for Jewish Renewal, The Long Island Board of Rabbis,The National Association of Jewish Chaplains, The Interfaith Clergy Council of Syosset/Woodbury, Long Island Temple Educators and The Jewish Outreach Institute.
Rabbi Jay is assisted by a caring team of Jewish Professionals:
Jenn Weinstein - Synagogue Administrator, Educator and Rabbinic Intern
Fortuna Southworth - Educator
Rabbi Howard Nacht - Educator and Cantor
Eric Komar - Cantorial Soloist
Rob Silverbush - Cantorial Soloist
About Simchat HaLev
Simchat HaLev is a 501(c3) not-for-profit Jewish organization under the spiritual leadership of Rabbi Jay Weinstein. Simchat HaLev provides individuals, couples and families with spiritual Judaism, a synagogue, family education, fee-for-service rabbinic counseling and life cycle clergy officiation.