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 married to Jaclyn Frankel, Eliezer married to Tamar Ossip, and Noam and proud saba (grandfather) to Lev and Nadav!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Join him and our congregation in joyous prayers and celebrations!
Hazzan Hevenstone received his Cantorial training through CICA (Cantorial Interns of the Cantors Assembly). Through this rigorous program, he studied under many amazing cantors. Hazzan Hevenstone earned his Master’s Degree in Education and received his Hazzan Investiture from the Cantor’s Assembly, the international association of hazzanim affiliated with the USCJ (United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism).
An active composer and arranger, Hazzan Hevenstone interprets Jewish music with a more modern, enthusiastic flare. Many of Hazzan Hevenstone’s musical pieces for services and holidays can be heard in Synagogues throughout the United States, Europe and Israel as well as at Dix Hills. Hazzan Hevenstone enjoys writing scripts as well as music and has participated in directing musical Purim Spiels, plays, and educational programs.
Hazzan Hevenstone has been performing since he was a child. You can see Hazzan Hevenstone perform at the annual Cantor’s Concert, at the annual Israel Fest on Long Island, and at other venues. He has also performed in synagogues around the country and in Europe and Israel. Being an educator, Hazzan Hevenstone believes that education never stops, and that is why he has decided to continue his journey through a program for Hazzanim at the Academy for Jewish Religion in New York and recognized by the Jewish Theological Seminary. This Rabbinic ordination program was developed especially for Hazzanim that want to further their education while remaining an active member of the clergy in the synagogues they serve. Hazzan Hevenstone is pursuing this program to expand his Jewish knowledge to become a better spiritual leader, mentor, and teacher for his community.
Born and raised in North Bridgeport, CT, Hazzan Hevenstone has always been active in Synagogue life. He will eternally be grateful for the mentorship he received in his early years from his cantor, Hazzan Y’Shaya Grama, z”l, from Rodeph Shalom Synagogue in Bridgeport, CT. It was this friendship that put him on the path to becoming the Hazzan he is today. He tries to pay it forward by mentoring young people and young Hazzanim who are on their own journey in the Cantorate.
An avid musician, Hazzan Hevenstone plays the piano, guitar, bass guitar, trumpet, and other instruments. You may find him with a guitar in hand introducing our very youngest to Shabbat songs, or singing Havdalah on Saturday nights. But his favorite instrument is the one unique to each of us, our voice. He is looking forward to singing along with you and the entire Dix Hills community. Please join us and raise your voice in joyous harmony!
“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’s commitment to the Jewish Community goes beyond his work. 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.
Ed enjoys watching hockey, especially his beloved New York Islanders. He also is an avid chef. He describes cooking as “therapeutic” and has had rave reviews from those who have enjoyed his meals.
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 is also employed and active in Jewish Communal Service. They are blessed to have a daughter, Abigail, who is their love. “Abi” as they call her, already has inherited their love for the State of Israel, having travelled there several times with her parents and through Ramah and Schechter. She attends Binghamton University and spends her summers on staff at Camp Ramah in the Poconos.
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.
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 plus 30 credits toward her Phd.
The Religious School has been enhanced by Ricky with a wide array of new family education, art, holiday celebrations 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, and their 6 beautiful grandchildren, four from Itay (the older son) and two twin 18 month old baby girls from Roee (the younger son). Ricky is very involved in the CPC (Conservative Principals’ Council).
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.
Vicki grew up in Great Neck, N.Y. She went to Hofstra University, receiving her BA in Psychology/Education.
She worked in the Great Neck Public School System for 2 years. Her love for early childhood education brought her to Temple Israel Bet-ha-Gan for 2 years. She then spent the next 7 years at Temple-Beth-El teaching three year olds.
After marrying her husband Mark Weinstein, she took a few years off to raise their five children, Max, Lauren, Amanda, Sam and Harrison. She missed the early
childhood environment and looked to work close to home. She then worked as a separation teacher in both the Dix Hills Jewish Center and Temple Beth Torah.
Vicki was given the opportunity to serve as Director of the DHJC Early Childhood Academy. Being part of the ECA “feels like home” according to Vicki.
She is honored and thankful for this opportunity.
Jason Goldberg has always had a passion for helping and working with children. Even when Jason was back in High school as a USY’er he worked as an advisor for the younger age youth groups. At that time, he also started working for the Suffolk JCC both as a camp counselor and year-round in the (at the time newly created) afterschool program and vacation programs for K-5. He wound up continuing at the JCC for the next 25 years part time and full time. This included Supervising the K-12 programs as the Children and Youth coordinator and 12 Summers as the Teen Travel Director.
Throughout that time Jason also worked at Solomon Schechter Day School of Suffolk. Starting out as an aide and Substitute teacher, and eventually working up to the Assistant to the Headmaster as well as 12 years at SHJC as a religious schoolteacher, youth director, and an instructor in the SHMA (Hebrew High School) program.
Currently Jason works full time at an alternative High School within Eastern Suffolk Boces program. For the past several years many of you have seen him helping at the DHJC Hebrew School as a Tutor and Substitute, and of course most of you know him as the DHJC Youth Director, the position he holds here at the DHJC for almost 20 years. Here at DHJC he has watched so many children grow up that they are like family to him. Speaking of family, when Jason can find a few minutes away from work he squeezes in some time with his 8 nieces and nephews.