New Rabbi to Lead Huntington Jewish Center

Huntington Jewish Center has taken on new leadership with the appointment of Rabbi Eric Rosin.

A native of Michigan, Rosin is making it his business to learn more about his new community.

“It’s a beautiful place,” he said of Huntington. “We’re new to Long Island, but we’re so impressed.

“The first job for a new rabbi is to get to know the community,” he said. “I want to help the community reach its highest potential and need to figure out how to do that.
“Happily it’s a very thoughtful community,” he said.
 With the recent rise in anti-Semitism, he plans to continue his outreach to the community, which he began shortly after his appointment in July.

The rabbi majored in Judaic Studies in college before graduating from law school and working for four years in Los Angeles as a lawyer in the entertainment industry before deciding that the rabbinate was where he belonged. He was ordained at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies.

He served for two years as the assistant rabbi of Temple Beth-El in Richmond, Va., then as rabbi at Kesher Israel Congregation in West Chester, Pa., then Neve Shalom in Metuchen, N.J., and then as interim rabbi at

Asked about Israel and the fierce debate going on there over politics, he said, “It’s  a very complicated topic. The community and I are very committed to the existence of Israel and are wrestlng with complexities right now. But we all feel an affinity for Israel.”

His wife, Jen, is a physician who practices in New York City, and together, they have a 7-year-old son.

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