Rabbi’s Message – “Coming for the New Year: Adult Education & the Shabbat Alive Spirit !” – January 2017
Could Adult Bat or Bar Mitzvah be in your future?
Rabbi Mark David Finkel
973-244-9800, x 14
Rabbi Mark David Finkel is in his seventh year as Rabbi at the Pine Brook Jewish Center after having served as Rabbi of Beth Abraham in Nashua for almost 17 years. A native of Milton, Massachusetts, Rabbi Finkel graduated the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1979 after a year as a visiting student in Israel at the Hebrew University. Rabbi Finkel did his undergraduate work at New York University with a double major in Near Eastern Literature and Languages and economics. Rabbi Finkel also holds an MA in history from NYU and a Masters of Theology from the Harvard Divinity School. Rabbi Finkel received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2004 and from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is certified in pastoral counseling from the Post Graduate Center for Mental Health.
In his younger years, Rabbi Finkel spent summers at Camps Young Judea and Yavneh in New Hampshire, and in his teen years he attended and graduated the Prozdor of the Hebrew College of Boston and served as New England Region President of USY. Rabbi Finkel’s previous pulpits were at Congregation Sons of Zion in Holyoke, Massachusetts and at Adath Israel of the Main Line in Merion, Pennsylvania as Associate Rabbi. During the summer of 1996, Rabbi Finkel served as visiting Rabbi in a new congregation in Kaunas (Kovno), Lithuania. Rabbi Finkel is a member of both the Rabbinical Assembly, the Jewish Youth Directors Association, and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association. Rabbi Finkel is married to Abby Rosen Finkel and they are the proud parents of Liora, Eliana, and Doron.
RABBI’S OFFICE HOURS: The rabbi is available to meet with both members and nonmembers. Please call the synagogue office to schedule an appointment.