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Senior Rabbi Michael Mishkin

Rabbi Mishkin, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, enjoys spending time with congregants of all ages—from the Preschool school children to the adults.  He is dedicated to creating a fun, caring, and relevant vision of Judaism for the Temple Beth Israel community.  

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in American History, Rabbi Mishkin deepened his commitment to Jewish learning at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, a co-ed Yeshiva in Jerusalem. He then returned to the United States for advanced studies and training at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, receiving 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 becoming Rabbi at TBI in 2010, Rabbi Mishkin served as 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), and the local Interfaith Council of Port Washington.

Rabbi Mishkin and his family - wife Tamara, daughter Lily Miriam, sons Benjamin Eli and Nathan David. . . and of course Maizy, their black Labrador mix - warmly embrace the TBI congregation and the community of Port Washington.  

Recent Sermons given by Rabbi Mishkin


Associate Rabbi Sharyn Perlman

Rabbi Sharyn Perlman joined the TBI clergy team in August 2021, bringing with her a rich and diverse life experience that deeply informs her role as a second-career rabbi. Her journey to the rabbinate spanned several decades, beginning as an undergraduate at the Joint Program of the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and Columbia University. Despite facing challenges and barriers along the way, including being told that "girls can’t become rabbis," Rabbi Perlman persevered.

Prior to pursuing her lifelong dream of becoming a rabbi, Rabbi Perlman embarked on a successful career as a journalist and communications/public relations director. However, her passion for Jewish studies and spiritual leadership never waned. In 2018, Rabbi Perlman was ordained at JTS, accompanied by the completion of a Masters in Jewish Studies. Her senior pastoral thesis, focusing on the experiences of adult children saying Kaddish for parents, reflects her deep empathy and understanding of the human condition.

Rabbi Perlman also completed chaplaincy training. Her areas of concentration were: ICU, Oncology, Nephrology (transplants), Eldercare, and Palliative/Hospice Care. This diverse training equips her with a compassionate and holistic approach to supporting individuals in times of need.

Drawing from her background as a journalist, Rabbi Perlman recognizes the power of storytelling in shaping our Jewish identity. As Associate Rabbi, she is committed to serving as a spiritual guide for individuals on their own Jewish journey, helping them uncover new meaning and joy in the collective wisdom of our tradition. 

Rabbi Perlman lives with her husband, Burt Falkenstein, and together they enjoy their four children (three married, one engaged) and four grandchildren. 

Recent Sermons given by Rabbi Perlman 


Cantor Vadim Yucht

Cantor Yucht was born in Ukraine, and immigrated to the US via Israel.  He has many degrees in music and education, starting when he was a young boy in Moscow.  When he arrived in Israel, Cantor Yucht joined the choir at the Great Synagogue in Jerusalem, before attending Cantorial School, and receiving his degree, from the Tel Aviv Cantorial Institute in Israel. In addition,  Cantor Yucht holds an MA in Jewish education from the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education, which is part of the Jewish Theological Seminary. 

A former professional opera singer, Cantor Yucht also plays the piano, accordion and guitar.  As a veteran Cantor, with over 20 years of experience, he has developed numerous synagogue choirs and organized musical events.

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Cantor Baruch Blum  - cantor Emeritus

Cantor Baruch Blum was born in Israel and studied music with Israel’s renowned music teacher, Daniel Sambourski.

After graduation from high school with a technical degree, Cantor Blum served in both the Israeli Army and Navy. He applied his technical expertise as a crew member bringing the first Israeli submarine from England to Israel. Cantor Blum is a veteran of the Suez/Sinai War as well as the Israeli Merchant Marines. After his military service, Cantor Blum emigrated with his family to Canada, where he continued his professional study of voice, music and dance in Vancouver.

In 1967, Cantor Blum came to New York on a scholarship with the 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 memorable singing engagement with famed Choir director Oscar Julius introduced Cantor Blum to the world of Chazanut (the leadership of Jewish services using traditional melodies).  He met and auditioned for the legendary Cantor Zvee Aroni at the Manhattan School for Cantors, from which he graduated in 1975. During this time Cantor Blum also became a leading performer in the Yiddish theater, where he shared the stage with luminaries such as Jacob Jacobs, Ben Bonus, Mina Bern, Leo Fuchs, and Pesach Burstein.

A member of the Cantors Assembly, Cantor Blum has served two congregations in his distinguished career on the pulpit. He devoted two years as chazzan for Congregation B’nai Israel of Staten Island, and then found his home here at TBI in 1977.  After 41 years of devoted service to TBI Cantor Baruch Blum is now Cantor Emeritus where he will remain a constant source of love, pride and devotion to our congregation and community.

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