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​​"Have your family become apart of our family"

Temple Israel is a conservative egalitarian congregation. Men and women fully participate in services, including Torah- reading. We have minyan at eight o'clock in the evening, Monday through Thursday. Friday Evening Shabbat services are at eight o'clock. Sabbath morning services begin at nine o'clock.

Rabbi Scott A. Hoffman

Rabbi Hoffman was born and raised in Silver Spring, MD, as was his wife Phyllis. His parents were long-time members of Shaare Tefila Congregation, and as a child he was identified as one of the synagogue’s “promising” boys. As such, he was taught personally by Rabbi Martin Halphern z”
I, Cantor Gershon Levin, and the gabbiam. Rabbi Hoffman learned how to read the Megillah and the Torah, how to Daven, how to read a Haftorah and twice represented the U. S. in the international Bible Contest, in Israel.
After graduating high school, Rabbi Hoffman attended the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Biological Basis of  Behavior and minoring in Jewish studies. Rabbi Hoffman earned a BA at Penn in December 1985 and, after spending a semester in Israel, began his studies at JTS in 1986. He was (re) introduced to his wife Phyllis by a mutual friend, and had a first date at the march for Soviet Jewry in Washington, D.C., in 1987. After spending the 1988-9 Academic year in Israel, Rabbi Hoffman and Phyllis were married in July 1989.
Rabbi Hoffman was ordained by JTS in 1991. He then served as Rabbi of Congregation Chevra Thilim in New Orleans and assistant Rabbi of Beth El Synagogue in New Rochelle, NY. In 1995, he assumed the pulpit of Lake Success Jewish Center, where he served for 12 years. Rabbi Hoffman’s additional roles included visiting instructor of Talmud at JTS, nursing home chaplain at Grace Plaza and Sterling glen, and first Vice President of the Rabbinical Assembly of Nassau and Suffolk. The Rabbi’s wife, Phyllis, has held various positions over that span, but is an opera singer by training, who has also received her public school teaching certification. Rabbi Hoffman and his wife are proud parents of three boys- David, Reuven, and Ethan.

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Gail Kanner--President

Gail M. Kanner

Gail Kanner was born in Brooklyn NY.She moved to Island Park when she was 11 years old. Her husband David is a dentist in Glen Oaks NY. David and Gail have three  children Rachel. Heather and Joshua. David and Gail joined Temple Israel when Rachel was 2 years old in 1991 and have been members since taht  time.  Rachel and Heather are very active at the Temple because they learned from the  their mother Gail Kanner.  Her daughter Rachel is active in finding fundraising activities to help and Heather is always helping in the Hebrew School.  Her husband David  when he has the chance he will support his wife at Temple. 



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Elane Tarnofsky--Executive Vice President

Elane Tarnofsky has been  an active member of Temple for many years.  Elane served as Sisterhood President is Chairperson of the Fundraising committee.  Elane organizes different fundraising events to help raise money for Temple Israel.  Elane is always there when help is needed when there is a function to be supported.   Elane is always there ready to help. At Temple Israel we often have special lucnheons for the Sabbath. Elane helps Gail to prepare the lunch and everyone looks forward to these luncheons because they know that there will be good food.  

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Michele Glodzik- Office Manager

Michele Glodzik applied for her job at Temple Israel as a 17 year old. Within a few years  she became the office manager running the Temple office. She is devoted to helping Temple Israel Of South Merrick run smoothly.  She has a great personality and is great at what she does. We can always count on Michele to make sure that  Temple Israel is taken care of and if anyone is in need of assistance just call Michele and she will help.  












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