We are affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, the association of Conservative congregations in North America.
Rabbi Emeritus William Berman was the spiritual leader of the Commack Jewish Center from June 1, 1979, through June 30, 2011, at which time he retired and was made Rabbi Emeritus. Prior to serving CJC, he served the Conservative Synagogue of 5th Avenue in Manhattan and the Jewish Center of Island Park, Long Island.
A member of the Rabbinical Assembly and the Suffolk Board of Rabbis, Rabbi Berman holds a B.A. from Yeshiva University, a Masters of Hebrew Literature and Ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Rabbi Berman has taught Biblical Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary on both the undergraduate and the graduate level and was a founder of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Suffolk County. Rabbi Berman has a passion for teaching and has for years taught communally and in CJC where he has had ongoing classes with excellent attendance over a period of years.
He has a working knowledge of the French language, is fluent in modern Hebrew and keeps abreast of events in Israel through the Hebrew Press. Through the years, he has led more than a dozen trips to Israel involving hundreds of people of all ages. Rabbi Berman’s scholarly interest focuses on critical study of the Hebrew Bible. He is also familiar with much of the literature on the relationship of Judaism and early Christianity.
Rabbi Berman’s other interests include baseball and as a teenager he was offered a minor league pitching contract. As a child, he was an avid Brooklyn Dodger fan and more recently some of those emotions have been transferred to the Boston Red Sox!
He lives with his wife Patricia in Dobbs Ferry, New York and Scottsdale, Arizona. He is the father of four and grandfather of Zachary, Natalie, Lindsay, Sydney and, newest arrivals, Hayden and Harrison, born June 19. He is also co-guardian of two extraordinary Basset Hounds, Harvey and Dudley.