Rabbis Corner

OJC is fortunate enough to have two Rabbis. Rabbi Greenspan has been with us for over 15 years, while Rabbi Fellman joined our community in 2011.

 

Rabbi Mark Greenspan

Rabbi Mark Greenspan lights fires at OJC and helps put them out in the town of Oceanside. He has been the spiritual leader of the Oceanside Jewish Center for over fifteen years and is chaplain of the Oceanside Fire Department. He was born in New York and raised in Florida; Rabbi Mark is a product of the Camp Ramah, USY, and Beth Torah Congregation in North Miami Beach. He is a graduate of the Joint Program of the Jewish Theological Seminary and Columbia University and was ordained at the Seminary in 1980.

Rabbi Greenspan has been a congregational rabbi for over thirty years, serving synagogues in New York, Tennessee and Pennsylvania. He is an active member of the Oceanside Interfaith Council, and is considered “unofficial rabbi” of the Friedberg JCC. Following the events of 9/11Rabbi Mark joined the local fire department as a structural volunteer firefighter and chaplain. He has served as president of the Rabbinical Assembly of Nassau and Suffolk Counties and is active in interfaith affairs in the community.

Rabbi Greenspan has a special interest in all things Passover. He has a collection of over 1000 Haggadot from all over the world. For the past eleven years, he has translated a new Hebrew commentary on the Haggadah each year which is given out on the eve of Passover at the fast of the first born children. So far he has created eleven Haggadot (check one of them out here)!

Rabbi Greenspan is author of ‘Torah Table Talk,’ a weekly guide to the Torah portion, and is passionate about encouraging everyone to make time for the study of Torah in their daily life. At the bottom of his e-mails one can find the following words: “All it takes to study Torah is an open heart, a curious mind and a desire to grow a Jewish soul.” He invites you to discover the wisdom and wonder of our heritage!

Check out Rabbi Greenspan’s recent sermons or view some of his poetry from a recent trip to Israel.

 

Rabbi Aviva Fellman

At age 8, Aviva decided that she would like to be a rabbi. She attended Jewish day schools in the Philadelphia suburbs. After graduating summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh, Aviva was the undergraduate admissions officer for the Hebrew University’s Rothberg International School. While at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Aviva taught Hebrew School at The Society for the Advancement of Judaism, completed a chaplaincy unit in Seattle, worked at Camp Ramah in the Poconos, was an EMT and ambulance driver for the Park Slope (Brooklyn) Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and for three years led High Holiday services at Anshei Chesed in Cape Cod. Aviva is proud to have been half of the first simultaneous daughter-father rabbinical school team. Aviva spent two years in Israel where she studied, interned in Masorti communities, and met and married her husband, Ari. Aviva, Ari and their daughter Hadar Ori are delighted to be staying at OJC where Aviva is serving as Associate Rabbi and Director of Congregational Educational and Jewish Learning.

 

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