Young Israel of White Plains is expanding learning and youth activities with the hiring of Daniel Sobin for the newly created position of rabbinic intern. Both Sobin and his wife, Naomi Stanley, will work as youth directors. They take up their new positions at the synagogue in September.
“Two of our fastest-growing areas are learning opportunities and youth programming,” said Sim Shapiro, president of Young Israel of White Plains. “Daniel and Naomi will help us as we expand these activities.”
As rabbinic intern, Sobin will assist Rabbi Shmuel Greenberg as well as conduct classes and workshops, work with all segments of the congregation and deliver Divrei Torah. Sobin, a graduate of Yeshiva University with a major in Jewish history, is currently pursuing smicha and a master’s degree, also at YU.
Stanley—who, with Sobin, will serve as youth director—is a student in Touro’s Lander College for Women, studying psychology in pursuit of a nursing career.
“Daniel and Naomi continue our tradition of youth directors who combine knowledge and love of Yiddishkeit with knowledge and love of children,” said Shapiro. “It’s going to be another great year with both active Shabbat groups and programs throughout the week and the year.”
YIWP holds groups each Shabbat for toddlers through teenagers. Each group, as appropriate, includes prayer services, storytelling, games, outdoor activities and more. Special programs throughout the year include YIWP’s acclaimed Family Learning Night series, teen minyanim with hot Kiddush, holiday games and crafts, puppet and magic shows, baseball field trips and more.
“I’m passionate about education and inspiring children to be the best that they can be,” said Sobin.
“I love working with kids and teens of all ages and developing genuine relationships with them,” said Stanley.
Young Israel of White Plains, the caring shul, is one of Westchester’s most diverse Orthodox synagogues, home to Modern Orthodox, yeshivish, those learning to be observant and others from throughout the spectrum of Orthodoxy. The warm, family-friendly shul offers extensive children’s programming, adult learning at all levels, an active Zionist agenda, a full davening schedule, chesed opportunities and more. For more information about the shul, visit www.yiwp.org.
By JLBWC Staff