Dix Hills Jewish Center - In The Beginning (Movie)

Excerpts from Allan Glaser first President: 1968-70

On August 8th 2012 the DHJC became 44 years old.  This article is to respond to the many who have asked me to describe the creation of the Dix Hills Jewish Center.  In the winter of 1967, Dix Hills had a population of approximately 5,000 families.  There were two synagogues in Huntington that my wife Judy and I attended, to try and find a synagogue to join so that we could educate our 2 little girls.  By May of 1968, Judy and I had visited both synagogues in Huntington several times, but on the way home one Friday Mike Ostrow asked how I liked the service and Rabbi at the Huntington Hebrew congregation?  I jokingly responded "We need a Dix Hills Jewish Center and I was going to have a meeting with those interested in joining such an endeavor this Sunday at 2pm".

After dropping Mike off, Judy and I looked at each other and talked about the idea of creating the Dix Hills Jewish Center.  "It will take years".  We did not know anyone who could provide a large amount of money.  Quite the contrary, everyone we knew was young (20's and 30's) with young children requiring funds to furnish the new houses that were being built along Vanderbilt Pkwy.

There were four "back yard" Sunday meetings in July 1968 about building the Dix Hills Jewish Center.  During the first meeting in my backyard, nine families were represented and all agreed to the concept that the DHJC was needed.  All agreed that driving to Huntington or Commack was too far and that we needed a DHJC that would educate the young, provide a minyan for those who needed one and a Rabbi to help us grow.  Every time we voted on creating a Conservative or Reform synagogue, the Conservatives won by a 60% to 40% vote.

Finding a Rabbi, was satisfied when the Conservative Synagogue in New York agreed to send a student out for the services, provided we housed and fed him.  The owner of the Park Shore day camp on Deer Park Avenue agreed to allow us to use the dining room for services on Friday and Saturday provided we cleaned up the area after use. I still remember doctors and lawyers mopping up and stacking chairs.  

August 8, 1968 - The Beginning

On August 8, 1968 more than seventy families joined the DHJC and their names are inscribed on the Founders Plaque hung in the lobby of the synagogue.  I became President and appointed the first Board of Trustees: 

  • Buddy Rosenberg 
  • Henry Lichtenstein 
  • Michael Greenbaum 
  • George Feinsod 
  • Norma Feinsod - Sisterhood President 
  • Dr. Martin Feller 
  • Sy Rubin 
  • Dr. Buddy Magid 
  • Dr. Hy Marinbach 
  • Howard Cohen 
  • Paul Finfer 
  • Sandy Sirlin 
  • Edward Cantor 
  • Miles Jacobson 
  • Barry Klein 
  • Paul Heller 
  • Philip Aaron 
  • Edward Rochell 
Now looking back after all these years, I bow my head to those who contributed so much along the way.

To those who passed away but have given so much - I remember you. 

To those who adopted an idea of greatness and contribution of what our DHJC could provide - I applaud you. 

To those who worked so hard to make the DHJC what it is and remain as vibrant members - I respect you. 

To those who moved away and still support the DHJC - I thank you. 

Suffolk Jewish Center

The Suffok Jewish Center became an important part of the Dix Hills Jewish Center through a merger in 2004.  The Suffolk Jewish Center was located at 330 Central Avenue in Deer Park, NY and was a conservative synagogue that was founded in 1957.  In July 1963 Rabbi Gabriel Maza became Rabbi and served for over 40 years up until the merger with the Dix Hills Jewish Center. The past presidents that are currently members of the DHJC include Arthur Chekla, Howard Sorgen, Hal Hartglass, Steve Robins, Jerry Buchferer, and Ron Weisbrod.  We are proud of this past and continue looking forward to the future as one. 


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Service Times

Normal Service Times - (Except Holidays & Shivas)

Daily Morning Minyan
Monday and Thursday, 6:45am
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 7am
Sunday, 9am

Daily Evening Minyan
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Shabbat Services
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Saturday, 9:15am

Mincha, Maariv and Havdalah 
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DHJC would love to keep in touch with your college student while they are away at school. Sisterhood would like to include your college student in our Collegiate Outreach Program. As a member of DHJC, your undergraduate college student(s) are entitled to receive various mailings and good wishes, all geared to the Jewish lifestyle and calendar.

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Welcome to the Dix Hills Jewish Center

Welcome to the Dix Hills Jewish Center, a Conservative Congregation, celebrating 50 years as a beacon of dynamic Judaism in Dix Hills. We are a traditional egalitarian synagogue committed to the reality that all Jews are full partners in the beauty of Jewish life and that all Jews are given an equal role in all rituals. The Dix Hills Jewish Center is an engaging, vibrant congregation. We are excited about the growth in our synagogue, and the wonderful growth of the Jewish community of Dix Hills, Commack and the neighboring communities. We are a community committed to learning, to supporting each other, and to being a warm and welcoming place for all who participate. Welcome to the Dix Hills Jewish Center.

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If you are interested in attending any of our programs please check the Calendar in Upcoming Events. Children's programming is also available.

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For joyous occassions in your life, please share your naches with the Rabbi. Inform the Rabbi about births, engagements, weddings and other noteworthy moments in the life of your family. The Rabbi will arrange for baby namings, provide information regarding a mohel ( for infant boys), coordinate a pidyon ha-ben (the redemption ceremony for firstborn males), schedule an aufruf (to celebrate a forthcoming marriage), weddings and bring the richness of Jewish traditions and mitzvoth into your simcha(email rabbi or call 631-499-6644).


In case of illness and/or hospitalization, please notify the Rabbi at 631-499-6644 (24/6 - on Shabbat, see below for further emergency instructions)


Even before making funeral arrangements notify Rabbi Buechler at the synagogue office at 631-499-6644 (after office hours press #3 for the emergency numbers). Rabbi Buechler will assist and guide you in making the appropriate arrangements for the funeral. In the event that you cannot reach the Rabbi, contact the Jewish funeral home and begin to make your arrangements. PLEASE, if Rabbi Buechler is going to officiate at the funeral, do not finalize the funeral time until the Rabbi has contacted you. At most this will be a few hours. In the event that Rabbi Buechler is on vacation, Cantor Hevenstone is available and other local Conservative Rabbis are on call. Their names can be obtained by calling the synagogue office, an officer of the synagogue or the Ritual Chairman. It is also appropriate to contact Rabbi Buechler whenever tragedy or trauma occurs. On Shabbat and Yomtov the Rabbi does not use the telephone. Therefore, you can convey information to him on these days at the synagogue during scheduled service times, by calling him immediately after Shabbat or Yomtov or by going to his residence.

Social Action Committee

Bikur Cholim & Home Visits

Do you have a relative or friend in our congregation who would benefit from a personal home visit? We are here for you! Members of our DHJC Social Action Committee - Tender Loving Congregants -- will happily come to visit and chat. BIKUR CHOLIM -- we visit our friends and relatives in Gurwin. Become a volunteer. Learn how.

High School students -- learn how to be a volunteer at Gurwin! There are many ways to volunteer.

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An Aliyah for YOU

Whether you are 20 or 120, or anything in between, we would like to honor you on the anniversary of your bar or bat mitzvah. Please send the date of your bar/bat mitzvah or the name of your parsha to Lee Grebstein [email protected]

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