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Rabbi Jason Fruithandler 

 

Rabbi Fruithandler is excited to have taken over the post as Rabbi of Woodbury Jewish Center. He found his passion for Judaism as a teen in USY in Westchester, New York. His excitement led him to the Jewish Theological Seminary and Columbia University for a B.A. in Talmud and Sociology respectively. In Rabbinical School, Rabbi Fruithandler was privileged to work with a wide range of Conservative synagogues.  
 
For the past seven years, Rabbi Fruithandler has served as the associate rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles. While there, he led the religious school, teen center and young professional communities to an era of growth and vitality. At Sinai, Rabbi Fruithandler was known for his kind demeanor, his open acceptance of all people and for raising the energy level of the congregation.
 
Rabbi Fruithandler feels it his role as a rabbi to be a bridge between the unique circumstances of each community member's life and the depth of wisdom and meaning our tradition has to offer. He hopes to get to know each and every member of Woodbury Jewish Center and support them as they navigate their Jewish and Secular journeys.  
 
Rabbi Fruithandler has been happily married to Jessie since 2006 and is immensely proud of his two children, Liba and Micah. When he can squeeze in a few moments between being a rabbi, husband and father, you are likely to find him at the movies.
 
Click here to email Rabbi Fruithandler or call 516-496-9100
 

Cantor Aaron Cohen

Cantor Aaron Cohen has proudly served Woodbury Jewish Center since 2000.  Cantor Cohen is a second generation hazzan and has studied cantorial music with world renowned cantors. He is is a graduate of Solomon Schechter, Prozdor and attended Camp Ramah. Cantor Cohen's inspirational musical style encourages everyone to participate, filling our sanctuary with voices of prayer.  
 
Listen to Cantor Cohen: Etz Chaim

 

 
Cantor Cohen graduated from the Institute for Leaders from Abroad in Israel as well as Queens College, majoring in both Judaic Studies and History. He also graduated as a family educator from SAJES. In addition to his Cantorial role, Cantor Cohen helps prepare Bar and Bat Mitzvah candidates for leading a Shabbat service and he leads family education programs for our Alef class (3rd grade) giving students a strong foundation to begin their Hebrew studies.
For his years of outstanding service to the Jewish community, Cantor Cohen:
  • received the Israel Freedom Award
  • has been honored by the State of Israel Bonds
  • is the recipient of the Keter Shem Tov award
  • received an Honorable Citation from the Town of Oyster Bay
  • received a Citation award from Senator Kemp Hannon
  • produced a prayer CD that received awards from the Metropolitan region of the United Synagogues as a teaching CD for both children and adults
Involved in every aspect of our synagogue, Cantor Cohen:
  • oversees our Bar/Bat Mitzvah program, rehearsing with our children prior to their Bar/Bat Mitzvah
  • teaches in our religious school, both prayer and music
  • teaches a variety of adult education courses
  • arranges speakers for our annual Yom Hashoah program
  • organizes and leads our congregants on trips to Israel, preparing and officiating at the B’nai Mitzvah of many congregants on these journeys
  • teaches a two-year adult Bat/Bar Mitzvah class, the graduates of which become regular synagogue attendees. 
In addition to his busy days at WJC, Cantor Cohen is active in countless charitable organizations. He also entertains at Gurwin Assisted Living and Solomon Schechter Day School. Finally, Cantor Cohen is a mentor to many of his colleagues, giving his vast musical knowledge to the next generation of Cantors.
 
Click here to email Cantor Cohen or call 516-496-9100.
Thu, October 17 2019 18 Tishrei 5780