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Rabbi Emeritus Stephen A. Klein


RabbiKlein@sstte.org
Rabbi Stephen Klein became Rabbi  Emeritus in 2012, after serving as the spiritual leader of the congregation for three decades.  Under his leadership, there was a tremendous amount of change, with a wide variety of educational programs, social activities, religious services and social action opportunities, as he enabled congregants to find their own path on their Jewish journeys.

Active in all aspects of congregational life and privileged to share with members at all the nodal points of their lives, Steve reached out to the greater community as well.  In 1990, he was appointed to the National Commission on Rabbinic-Congregational relations, which mediates between Rabbis and their congregations when troubles arise, and became the Rabbinic Co-Chair.  Following 9/11, Steve was trained as a Disaster Care Chaplain and volunteered weekly at the Family Assistance Center, offering spiritual guidance and emotional support to the families of the victims.  He had been actively involved with youth and served on the Rabbinic faculty of Camp Eisner for many years, as a member of the Eisner/Crane Lake Camp Commission, and as Rabbinic Advisor to the Westchester Federation of Temple Youth.

Steve was the Chairperson of the Admissions Committee of he Central Conference of American Raggis.  He has served on UJA-Federation's Task Forces on Jewish Renewal and Congregational School Education, and received the Rabbinic Award from the Council of Jewish Federations.  He has been the Secretary, Treasurer, and President of the Westchester Board of Rabbis, and was a member of the Scarsdale Ad-Hoc Committee on the Creche, and the Japan Festival Committee.  He was on the Board of the Counseling Center of Southern Westchester.

In his home community of Ardsley, Steve served as the Chaplain for the Fire Department, on the Board of the Ardsley Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and the Board of Education Advisory Committee on Health.

Steve is married to Joanne,  who is retired, having served as a Registered Nurse in the Community Residential Care Division of Westchester Jewish Community Services.  They have two sons: Robert PhD and Jeffrey PhD. Robert is Associate Professor for the Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences and the Icahn Institute for Data Science and Genomic Technology.  His wife, Shira, is Supervising Attorney - Intake, White Plains Office of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley.  They have two children: Benjamin, who is nine years old, and Miriam, who is one year old.  Jeffrey is Research and data associate with Data Analytics and Applied Research at the Center for Court Innovation.  His wife, Darcie, is Cantor at Temple Sholom of Scotch Plains, New Jersey.  They have two children: Ruth, who is nine years old, and Micah, who is five years old.  

And to be sure, his pride and joy are his grandchildren!

Thu, August 6 2020 16 Av 5780