Rabbi Michael Mishkin
Rabbi Mishkin, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, enjoys spending time with congregants of all ages—from the nursery school children to the adults. He is dedicated to creating a fun, caring, and relevant vision of Judaism for the TBI community.
Rabbi Mishkin attended the University of Pennsylvania and earned a B.A. in American History. Following graduation, he engaged in serious Jewish learning at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, a co-ed Yeshiva in Jerusalem, and at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, where he received his rabbinic ordination in 2001. From 2001-2005, Rabbi Mishkin served as the Rabbi and Executive Director of the Hillel at Northwestern University.
Prior to joining TBI, Rabbi Mishkin served as the Assistant Rabbi and Associate Rabbi at Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah in Wilmette, Illinois. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Solomon Schechter Day School, the Executive Committee of the Chicago Board of Rabbis and the Recruitment Committee at the Chicagoland Jewish High School. Rabbi Mishkin currently sits on the UJA-Federation SYNGERY Long Island Rabbinic Advisory Council (LIRAC).
Rabbi Mishkin, his wife Tamara, daughter Lily Miriam, son Benjamin Eli, and Maizy, their black Labrador mix, warmly embrace the congregation and the community of Port Washington.
Hazzan Baruch Blum
Our beloved Hazzan Baruch Blum has been at Temple Beth Israel for more than 35 years. Born in Israel, he studied music with Israel’s renowned music teacher, Daniel Sambourski while attending a technical high school. He served in both the Israeli Army and Navy and his technical knowledge led him to be on the crew that brought the first Israeli submarine from England to Israel. He is a veteran of the Suez/Sinai War. He also served in the Israeli Merchant Marines. After military service, he emigrated with his family to Canada. There he continued the study of voice, music, and dance in Vancouver.
In 1967 he came to New York on a scholarship with American Ballet Theatre. Within a year he was performing in Broadway shows and National companies, such as George M and Fiddler on the Roof. One of his singing jobs–with famed Choir director Oscar Julius–introduced him to the world of Chazanut (the leadership of Jewish services using traditional melodies). He met and auditioned for Zvee Aroni, and was accepted to the Manhattan School for Cantors, from which he graduated in 1975. During this time he also became the leading young man of the Yiddish theater, where he worked with such legends as Jacob Jacobs, Ben Bonus, Mina Bern, Leo Fuchs, and Pesach Burstein.
A member of the Cantors Assembly, Hazzan Blum has served two Congregations in his long career: Cong. B’nai Israel of Staten Island, for two years, and here at Temple Beth Israel where he remains a constant source of love, pride and devotion to our congregation and community.
Hazzan Blum and his wife, Gerri, have four beautiful children and twin grandsons.