Rabbi Paul M. Kurland

Rabbi Paul 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 Berkshires 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 to serve the Nanuet Hebrew Center, and now serves the new Congregation Shir Shalom, founded July 1, 2021 which is a consolidation of Nanuet Hebrew Center and Montebello Jewish Center.

Nanuet Hebrew Center experienced significant growth during his 24 years as spiritual leader; and we are proud that Rabbi Kurland will continue to serve Congregation Shir Shalom.  His involvement with children through his commitment to our Makom Religious School and 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)

Rabbi Kurland 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; and in March 2017, he was honored by the Jewish Theological Seminary with Convocation of an Honorary Doctor of Divinities Degree.  

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

“Identity Evropa”, a neo-Nazi hate group as identified by the ADL, has been putting flyers up in Rockland County and other locations throughout the Hudson Valley, and also posting them on social media.

Rabbi Kurland, along with State Senator David Carlucci and spiritual leaders from different faiths gathered at Rock Apostolic Church in Spring Valley to send the message: There’s no room for bigotry in Rockland County.

We invite you to click here for a short video on the meeting, which was aired on the local Channel 12 cable network news, and includes an interview with Rabbi Kurland:  http://westchester.news12.com/story/39149357/hate-group-posts-flyers-throughout-hudson-valley  

We are pleased to provide Rabbi and Gerri Kurland’s Sabbatical Greetings during their recent stay in Israel. 

Rabbi Kurland - Ice Bucket Challenge - August 17 2014


A Selection of Programs Started by Rabbi Kurland for Nanuet Hebrew Center and Congregation Shir Shalom:

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

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

Conversion Advisor


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