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The synagogue is the center of Jewish life in America and Temple Chaverim is the center for Reform Jewish life in Plainview-Old Bethpage. We offer something very different from many congregations on Long Island. We have worked hard to create an atmosphere
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"They [low-cost synagogues] are ...
"They [low-cost synagogues] are undermining the rest of the Jewish community," asserted Rabbi Jonathan Hecht, spiritual leader of Temple Chaverim, a Reform congregation in Plainview that has not cut its fees despite the pressure.
Rabbi Hecht said that in response to the bargain-rate synagogues, some established congregations that are "dropping religious school fees are doing so as an act of desperation before they close their doors; nothing is free."
said the startup synagogues are "desperate for members" and that their actions are "siphoning off members" from synagogues that have not joined the synagogue wars.
"We simply cannot offer a quality Jewish education for free," Rabbi Hecht added.
Rabbi Jonathan Hecht
Rabbi Jonathan L. Hecht, Ph.D.
Welcome to Temple Chaverim
Led by our creative and dynamic Rabbi, Jonathan L. Hecht, Ph.D., D.D, our warm and welcoming Assistant Rabbi, Debra Bennet, our gifted Cantor, Bradley Hyman, and our knowledgeable and caring Religious School Principal, Debbye Brandell, Temple Chaverim strives to create a lively and warm spirit in our services and Religious School.
Rabbi Jonathan Hecht, a graduate of Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, was hired in July, 1992, and a few months later Temple Chaverim found a new home at the Mid-Island Y-JCC.
Rabbi Hecht came to Temple Chaverim with tremendous energy, a firm grounding in Reform Judaism, and a deep knowledge of the sources of Judaism.
He served for one year, part time, while completing his doctoral studies at New York University.
strong connections to the institutions of Reform Judaism, its seminary (Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion), and his
membership in the Central Conference of American Rabbis, paved the way for Temple Chaverim's admission into the main stream of Jewish life.
After one year, Rabbi Hecht and the Temple leadership agreed to work towards becoming a member of the Reform movement of Judaism, to increase the amount of time that children learned in religious school, and to search for a permanent home.
We have been led by many great clergy in addition to Rabbi Hecht.
Temple Chaverim now has 500 families and is led by Rabbi Jonathan Hecht, Rabbi Debra Bennet, Cantor Bradley Hyman, Director of Education Debbye Brandell, and Executive Director Eileen Schneyman.
Rabbi Jonathan L. Hecht, Ph.D.
Rabbi Hecht has served Temple Chaverim since 1992.
He was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York, in 1987, and received his doctorate in Jewish History from New York University in 1993.
In 2012, Hebrew Union College awarded Rabbi Hecht a Doctorate of Divinity, honoris causa.
He was named Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute in 2013.
Very active in the Jewish and general community on Long Island, Rabbi Hecht is a past President of the Long Island Board of Rabbis and currently serves on the Board of the Mid Island-Y-JCC.
Rabbi Hecht served as a Chaplain of the 106th Air Rescue Wing of the New York Air National Guard, where he held the rank of Major.
Rabbi Hecht is very involved with the Union for Reform Judaism Northeast Camps (Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, MA and Crane Lake Camp in West Stockbridge, MA.) Rabbi Hecht has also appeared on television on Channel 21 and was a consultant and featured expert in the History Channel's production, Bible Battles.
has taught courses on Jewish History, Literature, and Holocaust at major universities, including Hebrew Union College, The Jewish Theological Seminary, Hunter College, SUNY Stony Brook and Hofstra University
Rabbi Hecht is married to Gladys Rosenblum, and has three children, Deborah, Gabriel and Samuel.
Rabbi Hecht welcomes your call and looks forward to helping all members and prospective members connect to Reform Judaism and Temple Chaverim.
During most of the summer months, Rabbi Hecht spends time studying at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Israel, and teaching at Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, MA. Feel free to reach him through his assistant, at (516) 367-6100 ext. 112 or email Rabbi Hecht at This email address is being protected from spambots.