High Holidays Hazzan

Meet our 5783/2022 High Holidays Hazzan, Rabbi Kevin Bernstein!

Rabbi Kevin Bernstein recently began serving as Executive Director of Habonim Dror Camp Moshava, located in Street, Maryland. A graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2007, Rabbi Bernstein supplemented his studies for the Rabbinate as a teacher in the Perelman Jewish Day School system, as a branch coordinator for the Jewish Community High School of Gratz College, and for URJ’s Justice Works Mitzva Corps Program. Since his Rabbinical Ordination, he has consulted for the Mandel Center for Jewish Education of the JCC Association of North America and for Moving Traditions. He served as the Director of Education for Germantown Jewish Centre, for Beth David Reform Congregation and as school Rabbi for the Robert Saligman Middle School of the Perelman Jewish Day School. He has also served as interim Rabbi for Seaside Jewish Community in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, for Temple Beth El in Newark Delaware, and as Ba’al Tefilah for Melrose B’nai Israel Emanu El in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania.

Given the depth of his Rabbinic standing, many would be surprised to know that serving the Jewish community is a second career for Rabbi Bernstein. A respected veterinarian, Dr. Bernstein worked as both a small animal clinician, and a vaccine research scientist, in the USA, Holland, and Israel. He attended veterinary school at Purdue University, holds a BS in Animal Science, and an MS in Immunology and Virology, both from the University of Maryland.

Rabbi Bernstein is originally from the Washington DC area, and landed in Elkins Park Pennsylvania after living in The Netherlands, Lewes, Delaware, and Kfar Saba, Israel. He and his family proudly hold both Israeli and USA citizenship. Currently a resident of Rockville, Maryland (just across the street from his mother, as all Jewish sons should reside), his daughters live in Tel Aviv and South Philly. He has been an avid recreational softball player for the past 45 years, and even played for Israel’s National team in the 1996 World Fast Pitch Championships.