Rabbi Paul Kurland
Rabbi Paul M. Kurland
Rabbi Kurland has always been involved and deeply committed to Jewish education.
Having received his Masters degree in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary he has served as Educational Director in congregations in Pennsylvania and New York. He is also well known for his active involvement in Camp Ramah in the Bershires for decades.
Rabbi Kurland returned to The Jewish Theological Seminary for Rabbinical training in & made the shift into pulpit work when he took the position of Rabbi at the Croton Jewish Center. He moved to Rockland County in 1997 in order to serve the Nanuet Hebrew Center.
The congregation has experienced significant growth under his leadership. NHC is so proud that he has been our Rabbi for 18 years & is signed on for many more. His involvement with children through his commitment to NHC’s Religious School & Youth Programs plus his involvement with all facets of the congregation have been our blessings. We have also been entertained by his creative Youtube videos that help teach prayers to young children (such as http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ineQdUIjG80)
He was asked to take on the presidency of the Lower Hudson Valley Region of the Rabbinical Assembly and assumed those duties in the Summer 2014.
Rabbi Kurland and his wife Gerri have 4 sons, Yoni, Noam, Eytan and Ami.
From Rabbi Kurland: One of my teachers while in Rabbinical School has written a clear description of the mitzvah of mezuzah for the Jerusalem Post. Because I, too often, hear even some congregants expressing the superstitious thoughts about mezuzot, I decided to share Rabbi Hammer’s article. If anyone needs advice or even help in putting up mezuzot in one’s home, I encourage you to give me a call. I would hope that every family in our congregation observes this beautiful and meaningful mitzvah. Please click here to read Rabbi Hammer’s article: http://www.nanuethc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/The-Missing-Mezuzah-by-Rabbi-Reuven-Hammer.pdf
A Selection of Programs Started by Rabbi Kurland for NHC
Sukkah Decorating Gatherings
Havdallah in the Rabbi’s Sukkah
Havdeli & Havdairy Programs
Summer Torah Reading Project
Vacation Havdallah & Pizza
Friday Night Tot Shabbat
Tu B’shevat Seders
Passover Zing, Zest & Pizzazz
Pre-Passover Fast/Feast of the 1st Born
Yom Ha’atzma’ut Parties
Musical Coffee Houses (Pre-Selichot, “Warm up the Winter” & Family Fun)
Weekly Torah Portion Study
“Learn to Lead” Skills Workshops
Bnei Torah Project for Adult beginners
Shabbat Learning (and Lunch & Learns)
Scholar-in Residence Weekends
Involvement in the Greater Community
Rockland Jewish Academy – Rabbinic volunteer
JCC Seniors Group – Speaker
Keep Rockland Beautiful Board Member
Local Singles Groups – Speaker
Hadassah (Bergen County & West Hartford, Ct) – Speaker
Reuben Gittelman Hebrew Day School – Rabbinics Teacher & former Middle School Prayer Coordinator & Supervisor (Thank you RGHDS for everything you meant to the Jewish Community)
RGHDS Committee on Education – former Committee member
Rockland Board of Rabbis – member – former Treasurer, Vice President & President
Rockland Federation – former Board Member
Rockland JCC – former Board Member
Helping Hands – Board Member
Rabbinical Assembly & R.A. Hudson Valley Region – President
Clarkstown Interfaith Clergy Group
Camp Ramah in the Berkshires – staff member since 1970