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Rabbi Larry SebertRabbi Laurence Sebert
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Since becoming T&V’s head Rabbi in 1991, Rabbi Sebert has engaged and inspired his congregants to climb the ladder of Jewish commitment. He inspires through his warm personality and non-judgmental style as well as the power of his intellect and his creative approach to the study and practice of modern Conservative Judaism.

A rock and roll drummer, Rabbi Sebert is beloved by the community as someone who never takes himself too seriously, but takes people very seriously. He has the rare capacity to make each person feel special and validated, and to help and inspire them to find their own way to a more committed Jewish life, sometimes in small, yet important steps.


Rabbi Joel ShaimanRabbi Joel Shaiman
Center for Conversion to Judaism - Program Coordinator & Instructor
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Rabbi Joel Shaiman is the rabbi at the Roosevelt Island Jewish Congregation. He has taught conversion and introduction to Judaism classes for the last five years at several programs in New York City. He received ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 2013.

Prior to attending JTS, Joel worked in the investment management and consulting industries for many years. He and his wife Harriet live on the Upper West Side, and are the proud parents of three children in their twenties.


Rabbi Stephen LernerRabbi Stephen Lerner, z"l
Center for Conversion to Judaism - Program Founder

The founder of the Center is Rabbi Stephen C. Lerner, a Jewish Theological Seminary graduate, and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Columbia College. Rabbi Lerner has served as editor of Conservative Judaism, the quarterly journal of the Seminary and the Rabbinical Assembly. His work with the Center has been heralded in the Jewish Week and Newsday where he has been referred to as “the leading maker of new Jews in the New York area if not the country.”

Rabbi Lerner's passion for converting are articulated in an article he authored for Masoret in Spring 1994. Click here to read the article.

Teachers at the Center are distinguished Conservative rabbis and senior rabbinical students at the Jewish Theological Seminary. The Center receives referrals from all arms of the Conservative movement and from rabbis representing all branches of Judaism, both in the New York area and from other parts of the country. It answers inquiries about conversion from people throughout the world.


Carol Slotkin
Synagogue Administrator
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