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The OJC has been truly fortunate in having exceptional Rabbinic interns spend 9 months each year with our congregation. On this page we look back, with fondness and gratitude, for their contributions to THE OJC.

Deborah Steiner Rabbinic Interns:

Our 2022-2023 rabbinic intern is Ilana Sandberg, a 4th year Rabbinical School student at The Jewish Theological Seminary.


About Ilana:

Ilana Sandberg is a fourth year rabbinical student at JTS and could not be more thrilled to serve as the rabbinic intern for the OJC community this academic year. Originally from Cambridge, MA, Ilana has been moving back and forth between New York City and Jerusalem for the past ten years during her time in undergrad at Barnard and JTS and now rabbinical school. Ilana spent her gap year in Israel with Nativ and staffed the program after completing her undergraduate degree. She also studied abroad at Hebrew University with The Nachshon Project with whom she is now a graduate fellow. Since starting rabbinical school, Ilana has served as the rabbinic intern in a number of settings including at Brandeis Hillel, for Nativ, and for the undergraduate students at JTS. Ilana has spent her summers at Camp Ramah in Northern California since it was founded in 2016 with the exception of one summer during which she participated in a pastoral education program at JTS with the New Jewish Home on the Upper West Side. Ilana is now pursuing a masters degree in Talmud and is deeply passionate about experiential education and young adult engagement. She hopes to bring her passion for learning and teaching, her love of davening, her care for people, and her desire to constantly strengthen Jewish community to the OJC community this year.


2021-2022: Lindsay Goldman (JTS 2023)

2020-2021: Rabbi Jesse Nagelberg (JTS 2021)

Rabbi, B'nai Shalom, Olney, Maryland 

2018-2019: Rabbi Jessica Fisher (JTS 2020)

Assistant Rabbi, Beth El Synagogue Center, New Rochelle, NY​

2017-2018: Rabbi Jeremy Fineberg (JTS 2019)

Rabbi, Temple Israel, Sharon, MA  


2017: Cantor/Rabbi Shoshi Levin Goldberg (JTS 2018)

Cantor, Temple Israel Center, White Plains, NY


2016-2017: Rabbi Lucca Myara (JTS 2018)


2015-2016: Rabbi Paula Rose (JTS 2017)

Assistant Rabbi, Congregation Beth Shalom, Seattle, WA


2014-2015: Rabbi Hillel Konigsburg (JTS 2016)

Assistant Rabbi, Congregation B'nai Torah, Atlanta, GA


2013-2014: Rabbi Ariella Rosen (JTS 2015)

Senior Jewish Educator, York Hillel, Toronto, Canada


2011-2012: Rabbi Dahlia Bernstein (JTS 2013)

Director of Jewish Culture and Programming, JCC Mid-Westchester, Scarsdale, NY

2010-2011: Rabbi Ami Hersh (JTS 2012)

Director, Ramah Day Camp in Nyack

Rabbi, Orangetown Jewish Center


2010: Rabbi Jesse Olitzky (JTS 2011)

Rabbi, Congregation Beth El, South Orange, NJ

2009-2010: Rabbi Yoni Warren (JTS 2011)

Chaplain, U.S. Navy


2002-2003: Rabbi Paula Mack Drill (JTS 2004)

Rabbi, Orangetown Jewish Center


2000-2001: Rabbi Menachem Creditor (JTS 2003)

Pearl and Ira Meyer Scholar in Residence, UJA-Federation New York


Rabbi Leana Morritt (AJR)

Temple Beth-El, Jersey City, NY

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