Rabbi Jeremy Fineberg, Temple Emanu-El’s Assistant Rabbi. Rabbi Fineberg earned his Masters and Rabbinic Ordination from JTS in May of 2019. Rabbi Fineberg will join our clergy team, and partner with Rabbis Ruberg and Kirshner and Cantor Singer in the day to day operations of our clergy life. That will include Service leading, shiva minyans, adult and youth education, High Holiday roles, B’nai Mitzvah guidance, weddings, funerals and pastoral duties.
Rabbi Jeremy Fineberg, originally from Skokie, IL, was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in May of 2019. He graduated cum laude from Brandeis University with a BA in International and Global Studies. Rabbi Fineberg grew up deeply involved in Conservative Judaism, helping his parents start a synagogue, participating in USY and Nativ, and spending 18 consecutive summers at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin as both camper and staff member.
He completed his chaplaincy at the Exodus Transitional Community, providing societal reintegration support to formerly incarcerated individuals. Rabbi Fineberg has served as the President of the JTS Rabbinical Student Body, and as the Slifka Rabbinic Fellow at the Hillel at Binghamton University. Last year, he completed a year-long Rabbinic internship at the Orangetown Jewish Center in Orangeburg, NY, and currently serves as the Gabbai for the Official JTS Synagogue and as the Student Placement Service Director, helping his classmates find internships.
One of Rabbi Fineberg’s favorite projects is the founding and coordinating of “The Wandering Minyan,” a Shabbat evening minyan for unaffiliated Jewish millennials in New York City. The minyan meets regularly for informal and spirited Kabbalat Shabbat services followed by a potluck dinner at rotating locations.
In his spare time, Rabbi Fineberg enjoys cooking, running, and learning to play guitar. Rabbi Fineberg currently serves as the Interim Rabbi at Temple Israel of South Merrick. This September, Rabbi Fineberg will marry Heather Kesselman, an educator who works at Teacher’s College in Manhattan. Rabbi Fineberg shared: “I am thrilled to be a part of the Temple Emanu-El team and can’t wait to begin learning with and from everyone. Heather and I are so excited to become a part of the community!”
We are so excited to welcome them to our community and to have them be a part of our lives.