Clergy

Rabbi Craig Scheff

Rabbi Craig Scheff did not follow a traditional path to the rabbinate. Though his friends nick-named him “Rabs” in high school, and despite the many Saturday mornings he spent in synagogue at his father’s side, his formal Jewish studies did not begin until college, and even that was part of a path to law school. While attending Harvard University, Rabbi Scheff chose a concentration in Near Eastern Studies, and graduated with honors magna cum laude.

Upon graduation, he entered Boston University School of Law, where he earned several honors in oral advocacy. Upon becoming a member of the Massachusetts Bar in 1989, Rabbi Scheff practiced commercial litigation for three years. Feeling spiritually unfulfilled, Rabbi Scheff, with his wife Nancy's support, gave up his career in Law and began the long process of studying towards the rabbinate. See more.

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845-359-5920 ext. 3

 

Rabbi Paula Mack Drill

Rabbi Paula Mack Drill grew up in the close-knit Jewish community of Portland, Maine. She remembers sitting importantly next to her grandfather on the bima when he was president of the synagogue. Perhaps that was the beginning of her journey toward the rabbinate

Rabbi Drill graduated with honors from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania where she developed a broad world-view and a passion for learning. In 1987 she completed a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University as well as a Masters in Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Rabbi Drill's social work experience includes eleven years at the Daughters of Israel Geriatric Center and at the Solomon Schechter School of Essex and Union in New Jersey. During seven summers, she served as Assistant Director at Ramah Day Camp in Nyack, NY. See more.

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845-359-5920 ext. 8

 

Rabbi Ami Hersh

Rabbi Ami Hersh was raised in the warm Jewish community of Providence, Rhode Island. Through his attendance at the community Jewish day school, his family’s commitment to synagogue life, and a home that was filled with holiday celebrations and a love for Israel, he was set on a path to the rabbinate from an early age. As the Jewish Family Life Coordinator at the OJC, he is fulfilling his dream of creating vibrant, engaging and fun experiences for Jewish families. In addition to his work at the OJC, Rabbi Hersh serves as the assistant director of Ramah Day Camp in Nyack and is the program director of the National Ramah Commission.

He began spending summers in Rockland County right after high school through his work as a counselor at Ramah. His first time at the OJC in fact, was when he sang as part of an a capella group at the brit milah of Jared Scheff! Perhaps the writing was on the all those many years ago.

A graduate of the University of Hartford in Connecticut, Rabbi Hersh holds degrees in Elementary Education and Judaic Studies. See more.

Wed, October 18 2017 28 Tishrei 5778