Rabbi Paul Kurland

 Rabbi Paul M. Kurland

Rabbi Paul Kurland

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Rabbi Kurland has been involved and deeply committed to Jewish education since the early 1970’s.

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 in 1991 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 17 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 been entertained by his creative Youtube videos that help teach prayers to young children (such as http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ineQdUIjG80)

He has been asked to take on the presidency of the Lower Hudson Valley Region of the Rabbinical Assembly. He will assume those duties in the Summer 2014.

Rabbi Kurland and his wife Gerri have 4 sons, Yoni, Noam, Eytan and Ami.

Rabbi Kurland - Ice Bucket Challenge - August 17 2014

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

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A Selection of Programs Started by Rabbi Kurland for NHC

Parent’s Association                                              

Sukkah Decorating Gatherings

Havdallah in the Rabbi’s Sukkah                      

Havdeli & Havdairy Programs

Summer Torah Reading Project                       

Vacation Havdallah & Pizza       

Friday Night Tot Shabbat                                                                                         

Family Services                                                                                                         

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)

Adult Education
Weekly Torah Portion Study                

“Learn to Lead” Skills Workshops

Study Groups                                             

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

Helping Hands Board Member

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 Board member

Rockland Board of Rabbis – former Treasurer, Vice President & President 2003-6

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

Conversion Advisor

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The Kurland Family 2009