The Orangetown Jewish Center has built a tradition of educating the next generation of Conservative rabbis and educators. Rabbinical and Education students come to us from the Jewish Theological Seminary to get hands-on experience in the inner workings of synagogue life.
Our commitment to being a teaching institution is informed by the wisdom of our Sages: “I have learned much wisdom from my teacher, more from my colleagues and the most from my students” (Babylonian Talmud, Ta’anit 7a).
Internships at the OJC provide students with the opportunities to teach and preach in a supportive setting before embarking on careers. In turn, we are enriched by the chance to reflect on our communal practices and to articulate our values, and we learn from their creativity and fresh perspective.
Our interns work closely with people in all stages of life in our community, with our youth in Religious School and Na’aseh, our Hebrew High school program. They participate in our ongoing education programs and lifecycle events. Through these internships, we have the opportunity to expose our youth to role models who have chosen to dedicate their lives to Jewish leadership and education, inspiring them to find their own Jewish voice. Our adult learners benefit from the opportunity to experience new opinions and teaching methods.
By embracing these learners we not only have the fortune of witnessing the growth of their Torah, but we support emerging leaders who will shape the American Jewish landscape. We take pride in knowing that our Torah will be shared in their future communities.
We welcome Lucca Myara, our JTS Rabbinical School intern to the OJC community!
Lucca Myara - Rabbinical Intern
Lucca Myara was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He grew up in a deep spiritual culture, and since very early in his life became involved in the Conservative shul in Rio de Janeiro. Growing up, he was part of the youth movement Habonim Dror, and has spent a year in Israel with Hashomer Hatzair. In Rio, he worked as Youth Director, and Rabbi’s Assistant at CJB (Jewish Congregation of Brazil). Before he came to JTS, he finished a degree in economics at UFRJ (Federeal Universtiy of Rio de Janeiro), and worked with statistical models applied to economics. He is currently pursuing a rabbinic ordination, and MA in Midrash at JTS.
Past Interns - Where are they now ?
Paula Rose - Rabbinical Intern
Paula Rose is in her final year as a rabbinical school student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. While she misses the OJC, she feels incredibly lucky to be working as an intern with Rabbi Jesse Olitzky (former OJC intern!) at Congregation Beth El, in South Orange, NJ.
Paula's love of Torah was instilled in her during her childhood as a shul-goer, day school student, and active USYer in New Jersey and in Cleveland, Ohio. She discovered her passion for Jewish communal leadership, though, as an undergraduate at Washington University in St. Louis, where she studied Jewish, Islamic, and Near Eastern Studies, and in her many summers working at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires.
When she isn't working or studying, Paula enjoys Israeli folk dancing, reading, and racking up steps on her pedometer by walking in the many parks of Manhattan, especially along the Hudson River.
Ariella Rosen - Rabbinical Intern
Ariella Rosen grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut and attended List College, the undergraduate joint program between JTS and Columbia where she studied midrash and psychology. She has spent 13 summers at her other home, Camp Ramah in New England, including this past summer. In her spare time Ariella enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, reading, working in the special needs community, and just generally spending time outdoors.
Dahlia Bernstein - Rabbinical Intern
Rabbi Bernstein (formerly known as Morah Dahlia) is the rabbi of the Bellmore Jewish Center in NY. Having grown up on Long Island, the return home was smooth and exciting. Rabbi Bernstein is putting her experiences working with OJC's Naaseh and Hebrew School to good use as she works with her community on creative and meaningful teen engagement and family programming. Follow Rabbi Bernstein on Facebook and you'll see the videos she creates to teach and connect with her community in their homes and the topics and questions she puts out for sermons and Facebook. Feel free to comment and join the conversation. She is grateful for her two years with the OJC and looks forward to the next time she can visit.
Yoni Warren - Rabbinical Intern
Rabbi Yoni Warren is working as a Battalion Chaplain in 3d Marine Logistics Group. His job takes him afloat with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit in their patrols near South East Asia providing religious support to Jewish Marines and Sailors, and offering care and comfort to deployed servicemembers of all backgrounds and creeds. In September 2013, Rabbi Warren deployed to Afghanistan to ensure High Holiday and Sukkot services to Jews still serving in the war-zone. Rabbi Warren and his wife Leora live in Okinawa Japan with their puppy, Penny Lane.
Jesse Olitzky - Rabbinical Intern
Rabbi Jesse Olitzky serves as part of the clergy team at the Jacksonville Jewish Center in Jacksonville, FL. As an intern from 2008-2010 at the OJC, Rabbi Olitzky learned the importance of involving core aspects of our faith into our communal institutions, focusing on education, spirituality, and social justice while at the Jacksonville Jewish Center. He and his wife Andrea are proud parents to Cayla (3) and Noah (newborn). Rabbi O, as he is called, would love to stay in touch. You can keep up with his teachings on his own personal blog (rabbiolitzky.wordpress.com) and can stay in touch with him via email (email@example.com) and Twitter (@JMOlitzky).