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Rabbi Michael A. White became Temple Sinai’s fourth Senior Rabbi in July of 1997. Born and raised in Schenectady, New York, Rabbi White received his undergraduate education in psychology at Brandeis University. His Masters in Hebrew literature and Rabbinic Ordination were awarded by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York where he was the recipient of numerous academic awards. Following his ordination Rabbi White pursued doctoral studies in religion and social ethics at the University of Southern California.
Rabbi White has served in many capacities in the Jewish Community and beyond. He is formerly a founder and now an advisor in the Union for Reform Judaism’s Campaign for Youth Engagement. He is also a member of the faculty of the URJ Kutz Camp and Chair of the Kutz Capital Campaign. Rabbi White is chair of the Reform Movement’s National Rabbinical Placement Commission. He has worked closely with the UJA-Federation of New York’s Synergy Project, developing strategies for synagogue sustainability, chairing its Long Island rabbinic task force. Rabbi White also is founder of the East Williston-Roslyn Community Coalition for Drug Free Youth. He serves on the President’s Rabbinic Advisory Council for the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Previously he was the Vice-Chair of the National Joint Commission on Social Action, Chair of the Central Conference of the American Rabbis Justice and Peace Committee and was a member of the Editorial Board of the CCAR Journal where he has published articles on contemporary Jewish decision making and most recently co-edited a symposium on youth engagement. Rabbi White also was Chair of the CCAR Ad Hoc Committee on Human Sexuality and Co-Chair of the Rabbinic Council of the Association of Reform Zionists of America. Rabbi White is the recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Community Service from the Roslyn Public School District and the Interfaith Service Award from the Islamic Center of Long Island.
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