Clergy & Administration
Rabbi - Steven Saks
Rabbi Emeritus - Bruce Ginsburg
Rabbi Bruce Ginsburg assumed the pulpit at Congregation Sons of Israel in 1991. A product of Boston University, New York’s Jewish Theological Seminary, and Jerusalem’s Hebrew University, he holds a doctorate in Hebrew literature. Known for his decades-old activism on behalf of Israel, Soviet Jewry, and intra/interfaith cooperation, he has served both as president of the Long Island Board of Rabbis and as president of the Union for Traditional Judaism. His essays have appeared in Newsday, the Christian Science Monitor, the Jerusalem Report, and other publications.
Cantor - Moshe Weiss
Executive/Educational Director - Harriet Gefen
Harriet Gefen began her association with Congregation Sons of Israel in 1987 as Educational Director of the synagogue and assumed the additional position of Executive Director in 1997. A graduate of Columbia University, Barnard College, Harriet holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Education, NYS and NYC teachers licenses as well as a permanent principal’s license from the Board of Jewish Education. She earned a Masters of Education degree in Mental Health and School Counseling from Queens College and is a fellow of the Jewish Educators Assembly. She serves on the executive board of the Conservative Principals Council.
In her capacity as Educational/Executive Director, she has introduced a number of innovative and creative programs including Mechina Hebrew School classes for 4-7 year olds, Mommy and Me and Summer camp Nursery programs, Ganoni – Hebrew immersion Pre-school program for 18 month olds – 4 year olds, Shalhevet – Religious School program for Israeli Hebrew speaking children and J Stars Russian program. Harriet was the founder of the community supported Sulam-LI- The Religious School for Jewish Children with Special Needs which is housed at The Friedberg JCC in Oceanside.