Rabbi Dr. Alan F. Lavin has been our Rabbi since 2003. 

Rabbi Alan Lavin was the spiritual leader of Temple Hillel of North Woodmere, New York from 1996 to 2003.   Previously he was the Rabbi of Temple Shalom of Flatbush Brooklyn, NY since 1978 to 1996 and Rabbi of Chisuk Emuna Congregation , Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  He also served as the Pastoral Care Coordinator of the Jacob Perlow Hospice, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York.  He also served as the Pastorial Coordinator for F.E.G.S. Partners in Dignity.

 Rabbi Lavin holds Bachelor degrees from Temple University and Gratz College, Philadelphia.  He received his Master of Hebrew Literature degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America where he was ordained in 1973.

 He holds a Doctorate in Hebrew Literature from the Jewish Theological Seminary.  His thesis is on “An Edition and Commentary on the Hebrew Liturgical Poems of Meir bar Isaac.”  He received his honorary Doctor of Divinity from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1998.

 Rabbi Lavin was the Vice President of the Rabbinical Assembly of Brooklyn-Staten Island and the President of the Brooklyn Board of Rabbis.  He also served as the Director of the Rabbinical Assembly Conversion School and has trained as a Rabbinical Bereavement Counselor under the auspices of the New York Board of Rabbis.  He is the Past-President of the Long Island Board of Rabbis .  The Rabbi is a Past-President of the city-wide Bikur Cholim Coordinating  Council .

 In addition to being the spiritual leader of the Farmingdale Wantagh Jewish Center, Rabbi Lavin is also the President of the Long Island and Queens Region of the Rabbinical Assembly. Recently, The Jewish Week published an article written by Rabbi Lavin. Click here to read the article.

 Rabbi Lavin is Married to the former Vera Mezei.  They have three daughters and eight grandchildren.