Rabbi Howard R. Buechler
The Dix Hills Jewish Center is delighted and proud to be led by Rabbi Howard Buechler. His inspiring creativity, dynamic presence and engaging devotion to our synagogue and community are hallmarks of his Rabbinic leadership since 1992. Rabbi Buechler and his wife Laura are the proud parents of Rabbi Yael married to Dr. Yair Kramer , Aviva, Hillel, Eliezer engaged to Tamar Ossip, and Noam and proud saba (grandfather ) to Lev !
Having received his Master's Degree, Rabbinic Ordination and a Doctorate of Divinity from the Jewish Theological Seminary, Rabbi Buechler continues to create innovative family education programs and award winning and engaging holiday celebrations at the Dix Hills Jewish Center. His Jewish study sessions at the synagogue year round attract many and are compelling Jewish educational adventures. Rabbi Buechler has also developed an avid following for his annual Jewish/Israel film festivals. The compassion, intellect and wit with which he engages our community is a constant warm and welcoming presence at the Dix Hills Jewish Center.
Rabbi Buechler is a past President of the Suffolk Board of Rabbis and the Rabbinic Assembly of Nassau-Suffolk-Queens and serves on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Education Project. He has founded or co-founded many remarkable Jewish institutions in Suffolk County ranging from the SHMA Hebrew High School to the Suffolk Mikveh. He created J-Team, the innovative Jewish Teen Leadership cohort at the Dix Hills Jewish Center.
Rabbi Buechler also has a passion for Jewish travel. He has traveled extensively with Rabbinic missions around the globe from Morocco to Belarus and Estonia and Hungary. He has had the privilege of visiting Israel more than seventy times. Rabbi Buechler has also visited and documented over 250 synagogues in Europe in his travels. In addition, he has led magical and memorable congregational trips to visit Jewish sites and sights ranging from Switzerland to the Czech Republic and Austria to Poland and France, sparking and deepening the engaging connection to Israel and Jewish communities world-wide.
An avid reader, Rabbi Buechler and his Shabbat book reviews are most noteworthy. His Judaica collection and private library are also powerful testimony to his devotion to study and our sacred texts.
You are invited to meet Rabbi Buechler 24/6 in person or by contacting him at (631) 499-6644 or at [email protected]. Join him and our congregation in joyous prayers and celebrations!
Cantor Steven Hevenstone
Cantor Hevenstone comes to us from sunny Boca Raton, FL where he proudly served for four years as Cantor Sheini at B'Nai Torah Congregation. He was also active within the South Florida Region writing music, conducting choirs, and even aiding in fund raising projects for various organizations.
Cantor Hevenstone received his Cantorial training through CICA (Cantorial Interns of the Cantors Assembly). Through this rigorous program, he studied under many amazing Hazzanim. Cantor Hevenstone graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Degree in Business and a Master's Degree in Education.
An active composer and arranger, many of Cantor Hevenston's musical pieces can be heard in Synagogues throughout the United States, Europe and Israel. Cantor Hevenstone also writes Purim Spiels, plays, and Educational Scripts.
Cantor Hevenstone is an active performer, having been involved in Theatrical productions from Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Georgia, Florida, and other areas throughout the United States. He also has film credits including the most recent, playing a Rabbi in the independent film "Mistaking the Spell".
Born and raised in North Bridgeport, CT, Cantor Hevenstone has always been active in Synagogue life. After his Bar Mitzvah he had the opportunity to sing and daven alongside the Hazzan at Rodeph Shalom in Bridgeport, CT Y'Shaya Grama, z"l.
An avid musician, Cantor Hevenstone plays the piano, guitar, bass guitar, trumpet, and other instruments. He has been composing music and conducting choirs since an early age.
Cantor Hevenstone is proud to be serving as Cantor alongside Rabbi Buechler here at the Dix Hills Jewish Center. He is looking forward to singing along with the entire DHJC community for years to come.
You may contact Cantor Hevenstone at (631) 499-6644 or at [email protected].
Ricky Tadmor, Educational Director
Ricky Tadmor has been the Educational Director of the Dix Hills Jewish Center Religious School since 2000. She is a graduate of Hebrew University where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Bible Studies and Jewish Studies. Ricky was awarded her Master of Arts in Jewish Studies and Masters of Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary.
The Religious School has been enhanced by Ricky with a wide array of new family education, art, holiday and Shabbat programs. She was named "Best Teacher in America Chosen by the Best Students in America" in 1994. As a family educator herself, Ricky encourages family based programs in order to enrich the family as a whole.
Ricky brings a wealth of experience having been involved with several educational institutions throughout the New York area, serving in a range of capacities. She applies her diverse skills, experience and passion to support our wonderful faculty and staff in their efforts to serve our students and their families. Admired and beloved by our students, their parents and our teachers, her door is always open though you are more likely to find her moving through the corridor or in one of the classrooms. In her role as our Educational Director, Ricky builds upon the very foundation she helped create, having infused our community with a special ruach (spirit) that inspires us each day. She is a person of high integrity and compassion with a deep love for children and Judaism.
Married to her husband, Haim, they are blessed with their sons Itay and Roee, their daughter-in-law Tali, and their 4 beautiful grandchildren. Ricky is thankful to be a part of such a vibrant and committed Jewish community and to work in a field that allows her to continually learn and grow both personally and professionally.
Tova Plaut - Director of Early Childhood Education
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Ed Ward - Executive Director
"I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to serve in a synagogue that is so well respected and where people are so welcoming" says Ed.
Jewish Communal Service has been his calling since he was a child. Yes, he was that kid who loved going to Hebrew school and found mentors who showed him the personal satisfaction that one can have in the service of the Jewish people. Ed has taught Hebrew school, served as a youth director as well as USY Divisional Director in Nassau County. Most recently, he served as the National Director of an organization that is the leading innovator in the field of special needs in Israel.
Ed's commitment to the Jewish Community goes beyond his work. He was the Executive Vice President of the Hollis Hills Jewish Center and currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Solomon Schechter School or Queens and as the Metny USCJ Youth Commission and USCJ Alumni Committee. His experiences on both the professional and lay leadership sides of Jewish organizations, along with his degree in Political Science from NYIT and Certification in Non-profit Management from LaSalle University, gives Ed a broad perspective on the entire picture of synagogue life.
There are two very special people who are the sparks and lights of Ed's life. As a staff member in USY, he had the opportunity to travel to Israel for the first time where he met his wife Gila, who was the leader of the trip. "I guess it was the beauty of our homeland that helped bring us together" muses Ed about meeting Gila. Gila serves as the Director of Lifelong Learning at Temple Beth Sholom in Roslyn Heights, which is where they reside. They are blessed to have a daughter, Abigail, who is their love. "Abi" as they call her, already has inherited their love for the Conservative movement and helping others. She attends the Solomon Schechter School of Queens, spends half her summer at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires and just completed her first year at Kadima Encampment.
Ed's story is not a new one and he looks forward to meeting the membership and hearing about your Jewish journeys. He is sure you will play a little "Jewish Geography" with him as well.
It is vital that your needs as members are being met and Ed is here to provide you with professional and caring service.