Our Story

The Young Israel of Merrick was incorporated in 1987 by a core group of 18 families. From 1986 through mid 1988, services, cultural events and meetings were held in private homes with facilities being rented for the High Holidays. In mid 1988, the Young Israel purchased a home for use as a Shul. Eventually, The Young Israel received a variance from the Town of Hempstead to convert the home into a synagogue building. The construction was completed quickly with the help of our extended Young Israel family. Our building, though small, has always served as a perfect space for our members in all walks of life. 

 

Our Rabbi and Rebbetzin, Rabbi Dov and Rena Winston have been serving our shul since June of 2018. Prior to their arrival Rabbi Marc and Jeryl Volk served YIM for 22 years. Rabbi Volk, currently serves as the Rabbi Emeritus. 

 

Meet Our Rabbi and Rebbetzin

Rabbi Dov and Rena Winston

In July 2016 Rabbi Winston married his amazing wife Rena. After receiving her bachelors from Stern College, Rena completed her M.A. in Occupational Therapy from SUNY Downstate. Rena has worked in some of the top OT Rehabilitation facilities in the country. In addition to her "day job" Rena has previously served a crucial role in a number of communities. Most notably, Rena was on the board of Mt. Sinai, the most prominent shul for young families in Washington Heights, NY. 

In April 2018, the Winstons welcomed Leora to their family. While napping and eating are two of her most favorite past times, she also really enjoys meeting new people. 

After great anticipation, our shul welcomed the Winstons to our shul in June of 2018.

 

Rabbi Winston received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Jewish Studies from Yeshiva University. Rabbi Winston is also in the final stages of completing his M.A. in Biblical Studies from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. He is also an authorized Shaatnez checker. Rabbi Winston also currently serves as Community Programming Director of Yeshiva University's Center for Jewish Future. Rabbi Winston is a proud member of the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) and the Chicago Rabbinical Council (CRC).

 

Originally from Long Island, NY, Rabbi Winston is the founder and former director of Kahal, an organization that supports Jewish and Orthodox life on college campuses that have few resources. In addition, he is the founder and former director of Hisoriri, an organization that enables student leaders to strengthen Jewish communal life across the East Coast. Rabbi Winston has also served on the Rabbinic team at The Young Israel Ezras Israel of Potomac. Most recently, he served as the Assistant Rabbi in Baron Hirsch Congregation in Memphis, TN. 

Rabbi Marc Volk, Rabbi Emeritus

Our Rabbi Emeritus, Rabbi Marc Volk epitomized the mantra of the Young Israel of Merrick, namely to provide an environment where all participants feel comfortable and are able to grow their Judaism at their own level and pace. Rabbi Volk has the unique ability to find a common ground with people of all backgrounds, whether talking about sports or halacha. The Rabbi's examples of "gemilat chesed" like visiting the sick and interaction with people in their time of need make him a real asset to our community. Jeryl Volk embraced her role as Rebbitzen with gusto. She has welcomed guests for Shabbat and Yom Tov hospitality, lead discussions and classes, and has been there as a friend to our congregants. Her warmth and genuine friendliness are appreciated and cherished by the entire membership. The Volk's served our shul for 22 years and we are lucky to still have them in the community.

Rabbi Volk currently serves as the Executive Director of the National Council of Young Israel.

Shul Board and Leadership

 

Board of Directors, 2019-2021

 

President: Steven Gage

Vice-President: Stuart Daitch

Treasurer: Debby Gage

Secretary: Dr. Stanley Fish

Gabbai: Sam Sperling

 

Building Chariman: Dr. Howard Nathanson

 

Trustees: Avi Abikzer, Larry Korman, Jan Levine

Sisterhood: Stacey Nathanson

Immediate Past President: Jeffrey Maynard

 

Past Shul Presidents

 

2017-2019: Jeffrey Maynard

 

2015-2017: Jan Levine

2013-2015: Steven Gage

 

2011-2013: Jan Levine

 

2007-2011: Jacob Kurland

 

2005-2007: Aaron Stein

 

2003-2005: Jeffrey Maynard

 

2001-2003: Allen Rosenthal

 

1997-2001: Steven Gage

 

1995-1997: Avi Abikzer

 

1993-1995: Steven Hamburg

 

1991-1993: Howard Nathanson

 

1989-1991: Ira Zimilover

 

1987-1989: Aaron Stein
 

Welcome to Young Israel of Merrick!

At Young Israel of Merrick, you’re family the minute you walk through our doors. Our shul is a vibrant and welcoming environment; the kind of place where you can come in and make a difference right away. Said simply, we are an in-town shul, with an out-of-town feel. Through our diverse educational and social programming, we aim to foster the spiritual and religious growth of each of our members. Located in the beautiful suburban town of Merrick, Long Island, we are very close to major highways and just a short, direct, train ride away from Manhattan. With our young and dynamic Rabbi and Rebbetzin, a beautiful mikvah, a well-maintained eruv, a plethora of kosher options in town and nearby and many schools just a short drive away, Young Israel of Merrick is the perfect place to raise your family.

107 S. Hewlett Ave.

Merrick, NY 11566

T: (516) 378-2573

E: rabbi@yimerrick.org

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