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.