Rabbi Ira Ebbin, 35, grew up in Brooklyn, and attended rabbinical school at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) of Yeshiva University in the city. Rabbi Ebbin received his rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University in 2001.
Since then he has completed his Bachelors of Arts, Psychology from City University of New York-Brooklyn College and his Masters’ Degree in Public Administration, for non-profit organizations, at Baruch College in NY. Asked why he pursued this particular Masters’ he replied, “In order to fill the needs of a religious congregation in today’s world, being a knowledgeable Torah scholar and teacher doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll know how to manage an efficient organization. Working together with lay people and building relationships with individuals and other institutions are key factors in forming the finest product to best fit the needs of your community.”
His career took him to synagogues in Westchester and Connecticut, and for the last three years he's been at Temple Beth Zion in Montreal, Quebec Canada, where he oversaw 600 family member units
The Brooklyn native, arrived in Merrick on July 9th 2010 to assume the pulpit of Congregation Ohav Sholom, replacing Rabbi Jeremiah Wohlberg after his 47 year tenure. Rabbi Ebbin, his wife Chevi, and their three girls, Shlomit, Shira and Anat are thrilled to be able to call Merrick their new home. To add to this excitement the Ebbin’s welcomed a new baby boy, Issac on Wednesday October 13 2010.
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