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Rabbi Rubenstein

Temple Sinai welcomes Rabbi Marcus Rubenstein
MIDDLETOWN (July 28) - By a unanimous vote at its Annual Congregational Meeting, Temple Sinai approved a three-year contract and is pleased to announce the hiring of Rabbi Marcus Rubenstein effective August 1, 2015. 
"Rabbi Rubenstein brings enthusiasm, warmth, youth and vitality that will be welcome by our membership and staff, as well as the greater Middletown community at-large" says Jack Berkowitz, President, Temple Sinai.  "We look forward to a long and successful relationship with Rabbi Rubenstein as our spiritual leader" says Berkowitz.

Rabbi Rubenstein is a recent graduate of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies of the American Jewish University in Bel Air, CA wherein he received his Masters Degree in Rabbinic Studies, Rabbinic Ordination with a concentration in Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism.  Rabbi Rubenstein earned his Bachelor of Arts from George Washington University in 2009.  Raised in Manhasset Hills, Long Island, Rabbi Rubenstein spent many summers in nearby Livingston Manor in Sullivan County.  He is an avid outdoorsman and an expert trumpet musician.  He is engaged to be married in 2016.  Rabbi Rubenstein succeeds Rabbi Joel M. Schwab at Temple Sinai who retires July 31, 2015 after 33 years of distinguished service to the Congregation.
Located in Middletown and founded in 1917, Temple Sinai is one of the oldest and largest Jewish congregations in the Hudson Valley, and has over 230 member families throughout greater Orange County. 


Cardinal Dolan celebrates Mass for 1,000 at the Mount

NEWBURGH (July 28) About 1,000 visitors packed the Kaplan Recreation Center at Mount Saint Mary College for a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Timothy Dolan on Saturday, July 25.

The Mass marked the finale of Camp Veritas, a “play and pray” summer camp held this July at the Newburgh, N.Y. college. Nearly 600 seventh through 12th grade students from the tri-state area and beyond enjoyed activities like soccer, volleyball, swimming, and more. In addition, the campers attended daily Mass in the Mount’s Chapel of the Most Holy Rosary.

Veritas is Latin for “truth,” as in the Mount’s motto: Doce Me Veritatem, or “Teach me the Truth.”

Saturday’s Mass was not the first time Cardinal Dolan has visited the Mount.  In September of 2014, the cardinal blessed Mount Saint Mary College’s newly-transformed Dominican Center.

L-R: Dr. Anne Carson Daly, president of Mount Saint Mary College; Cardinal Timothy Dolan; Bishop Peter Byrne;
Ilona McGuiness, Vice President of Academic Affairs. Photo by Janet Gianopoulos.



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