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    Temple Chaverim

    We are a warm, inclusive and engaging Reform congregation serving Eastern Nassau and Western Suffolk counties including the Long Island, Plainview, Old Bethpage, Woodbury, Syosset, Jericho, Dix Hills, Melville and Farmingdale.

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  • Worship at
    Temple Chaverim

    We provide an environment that is spiritually uplifting, engaging and thought provoking, encouraging an appreciation for God, Torah, and Jewish tradition.

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  • Education at
    Temple Chaverim

    We offer continuous study of the wisdom, history, and ritual of Judaism for children and adults, thereby instilling strong Jewish values and identity in our community, synagogue, and Jewish homes.

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  • Community at
    Temple Chaverim

    Our members are connected to each other and the Jewish community through spiritual and social activities, and deeds of caring, compassion, and philanthropy.

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About Temple Chaverim

A Well Established and Respected Reform Synagogue in the Community with:

  • Nationally Recognized Clergy
  • Religious School with Caring Certified Teachers with Special Ed programs
  • A Dynamic Youth Engagement Program
  • An Active Sisterhood & Men’s Club
  • Extensive Lifelong Learning and Senior Programs
  • Interfaith Families Welcome

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In Celebration of a Gem

Welcome from the President


Who and What we are...

As President of Temple Chaverim,  I often think about the meaning behind our mission statement: “Temple Chaverim is a dynamic Reform Jewish congregation dedicated to providing a welcoming, comfortable environment for the religious, educational and communal needs of our congregants. Temple Chaverim fosters a deeper connection to God, our heritage, Israel and a cohesive community of Chaverim, friends.”

Never has this been more important than now.  Our synagogue is so much more than Religious School and B’nei Mitzvahs.  In these uncertain political times, it is imperative that we have a place where like-minded people can congregate, learn, discuss and have quiet moments to reflect.  Our wonderful Temple serves as the calm in the storm.

We truly are a Temple of Chaverim.  All you need to do is walk through the doors on a Friday evening to immediately feel the warmth emanating from our congregants and clergy.  Our wonderful clergy with their warmth and insight can help us understand and frame today’s many complex and often conflicting issues.

Please join us for Friday evening services or at one of our many adult education programs.  We live in such a “connected world” that it is often difficult to find a place to turn off our cell phones or computers and just contemplate what is going on.  Meanwhile, our wonderful Temple is the perfect place to do just that.

Gary Schreiber


Rabbi Jonathan L. Hecht, Ph.D.


Rabbi Hecht has served Temple Chaverim since 1992. He was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York, in 1987, and received his doctorate in Jewish History from New York University in 1993. In 2012, Hebrew Union College awarded Rabbi Hecht a Doctorate of Divinity, honoris causa. He was named Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute in 2013. Very active in the Jewish and general community on Long Island, Rabbi Hecht is a past President of the Long Island Board of Rabbis and currently serves on the Board of the Mid Island-Y-JCC. Rabbi Hecht served as a Chaplain of the 106th Air Rescue Wing of  the New York Air National Guard, where he held the rank of Major.

Rabbi Hecht is very involved with the Union for Reform Judaism Northeast Camps (Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, MA and Crane Lake Camp in West Stockbridge, MA.) Rabbi Hecht has also appeared on television on Channel 21 and was a consultant and featured expert in the History Channel’s production, Bible Battles. He has taught courses on Jewish History, Literature, and Holocaust at major universities, including Hebrew Union College, The Jewish Theological Seminary, Hunter College, SUNY Stony Brook and Hofstra University.

Rabbi Hecht is married to Gladys Rosenblum, and has three children, Deborah, Gabriel and Samuel. Rabbi Hecht welcomes your call and looks forward to helping all members and prospective members connect to Reform Judaism and Temple Chaverim. During most of the summer months, Rabbi Hecht spends time studying at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Israel, and teaching at Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, MA. Feel free to reach him through his assistant, at (516) 367-6100 ext. 112 or email Rabbi Hecht at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Rabbi Debra Bennet


Rabbi Debra Bennet was born and raised in New Jersey. She graduated from Brandeis University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Women’s Studies. She attended Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC) from which she received rabbinic ordination in May 2007. During her time at HUC, Rabbi Bennet served in a number of communities including: North Fork Reform Temple, Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple in New Brunswick, NJ, and Overlook Hospital in Summit, NJ. She was also the intern to the Associate Dean and on the committee of the HUC-JIR Soup Kitchen. HUC awarded her The Rabbi Herbert Hendel Memorial Prize (Awarded for General Excellence) and The Rhoda Malino Memorial Prize in Modern Hebrew Literature.

After ordination, Rabbi Bennet served as the Rabbi Educator at Temple Beth Torah. In addition to leading the religious school, shaping new curriculum and planning exciting learning opportunities, Rabbi Bennet worked to create a new, innovative high school program bringing together experiential and more formal opportunities for learning.

Rabbi Bennet also participated in the Second Cohort for the Leadership Institute for Jewish Educators. With educators from around the tri-state area, Rabbi Bennet delved into the study of educational principles, leadership development and pedagogic skills and created new programming for religious schools.

Rabbi Bennet lives with her husband, Marc, and three children, Eytan, Micah and Asher in Plainview. Rabbi Bennet can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cantor Bradley Hyman


Cantor Hyman came to Temple Chaverim in 2004, after previously serving a congregation in Glendale, CA. He is a graduate of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s School of Sacred Music. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Michigan State University. He has served as a Student Cantor in Mobile, AL, Charlottesville, VA, and New York City’s historic Central Synagogue. At Temple Chaverim, the Cantor is the keeper of our Jewish musical traditions. Cantor Hyman is also responsible for maintaining our very special Bar and Bat Mitzvah program, where our students are prepared to read and chant liturgy, Torah, and Haftarah portions. While not every student will begin their process with the cantor, he works personally with each and every student during the final 4-6 weeks of their preparation ensuring a strong relationship between the students and their Cantor.

Cantor Hyman is a product of the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) and has dedicated a large part of his cantorate to youth and youth work. The cantor has served as a song leader for three URJ summer camps, including the prestigious high school leadership academy, Kutz Camp in Warwick, NY. Currently, Cantor Hyman serves each summer as faculty at Crane Lake Camp in West Stockbridge, MA. Cantor Hyman is a recognized and published past board member of the American Conference of Cantors, is a member of the CCAR-ACC Joint Commission on Youth and has served as a frequent editor of music for Transcontinental Music, the publishing arm of the Reform Movement and the largest distributor of Jewish choral music in the world.

Cantor Hyman is happily married to Vicki and the proud father of Liora and Hannah. Cantor Hyman can be reached via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Temple Officers & Trustees 2017-2018 
Front row (l-r):
Immediate Past President, Karen Bressner
Past President, Shelly Wool

Back row (l-r)
Past President, Burt Minov
Anissa Wilensky
Trustee, Eric Horowitz
President, Gary E. Schreiber
2nd Vice President, Lloyd Abramowitz
1st Vice President, Russell Willens
Past President, Alan Borko

Not Pictured:
3rd Vice President - Rhonda Green
Secretary - Michael Zutler
Treasurer - Andrew Bernstein

Jodi Kirschner
Jill Schwartz

The leaders of Temple Chaverim give of their time and energy in a myriad of ways to make Temple Chaverim a wonderful place for us all. In this column, we will feature a rotating group of leaders, and share with you a little of their connection to this synagogue.



We are very easy to reach by car, but if you have any difficulty with these directions, just give us a call at (516) 367-6100 ext. 101.

From New York City:
Take the Long Island Expressway to Exit 46 (Sunnyside Blvd.). Stay on South Service Road .8 miles to Washington Avenue exit. Turn right on Washington Avenue and go 1.5 miles to the Temple on the right side of the street, just past St. Margaret's Church. OR take the Northern State Parkway to Exit 38 (Sunnyside Blvd.). Make a left and go to the third light (Expressway Service Road E.). Take Service road to Washington Avenue and make a right for 1.5 miles to the Temple on the right side of the street.

From Eastern Long Island:
Take Long Island Expressway to Exit 48 (Round Swamp Road). Make a left at the 1st light which becomes Old Country Road; go 2 blocks past the Post Office to E. Bethpage Road. Make a right. Go to the end and turn right on Washington Avenue. Go 1.5 miles to Temple on the right side of the street. OR take the Northern State Parkway to Exit 38 (Sunnyside Blvd.). Make a right and go to the next corner and make a right. Go 3 traffic lights to Expressway Service Road East to Washington Avenue. Make a right for 1.5 miles to the Temple on the right side of the street.

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Temple Chaverim is located at:

1050 Washington Avenue
Plainview, NY 11803
Tel: (516) 367-6100, ext. 101 for the Main Office
Fax: (516) 692-0208
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