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.
Cantor Baruch Blum
Cantor Baruch Blum has been with Temple Beth Israel for over 40 years. Born in Israel, he 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, where he remains a constant source of love, pride and devotion to our congregation and community.
Cantor Blum and his wife, Gerri, have four beautiful children and twin grandsons.