Rabbi Marc Schneier

Schneier Stepping Down; Will Focus On Relations Between Jews And Muslims

Led star-studded Hampton Synagogue, amid controversy, for 26 years.

04/19/2016 - 16:59

“I’m looking for new challenges,” says Rabbi Marc Schneier. “It’s time for a transition.” JTA

Rabbi Marc Schneier, who built The Hampton Synagogue into a star-studded congregation that attracted the likes of Steven Spielberg and Ronald Perelman, announced last Thursday that he is stepping down after 26 years leading the Modern Orthodox congregation.

Schneier Stepping Down; Will Focus On Relations Between Jews And Muslims

Led star-studded Hampton Synagogue, amid controversy, for 26 years.

04/15/2016 - 09:19

Rabbi Marc Schneier, who built The Hampton Synagogue into a star-studded congregation that attracted the likes of Steven Spielberg and Ronald Perelman, announced Thursday that he is stepping down after 26 years leading the Modern Orthodox congregation.

Rabbi Marc Schneier, founder of The Hampton Synagogue, announced that he will be stepping down after the summer. JTA

Hampton Synagogue's Rabbi Marc Schneier To Step Down

In letter to congregation, says this summer will be his last, after 26 years at the helm.

04/14/2016 - 17:13
Deputy Managing Editor

This afternoon, Rabbi Marc Schneier, founder of The Hampton Synagogue, announced that he will be stepping down after the summer, with a new rabbi starting Jan. 1. Below is his letter to his congregation:


April 14, 2016

Dear Friends,

Rabbi Marc Schneier. JTA

Westhampton Beach Eruv To Stand

Last East End municipality drops its fight over halachic boundary.

03/11/2016 - 10:28
Staff Writer

The Village of Quogue dropped its fight this week against the erection of an eruv or religious boundary to accommodate congregants of The Hampton Synagogue in Westhampton Beach, L.I.

An eruv is strung across phone lines to create a halachic boundary.

‘Behavior Unacceptable For A Rabbi’

Hamptons rabbi blames expulsion on mail snafu, not affair.

06/15/2015 - 20:00

If Rabbi Marc Schneier’s account of his expulsion from the Rabbinical Council of America is to be believed, he owes his ouster to failures of the U.S. Postal Service.

Rabbi Marc Schneier said he is “very, very hurt” by expulsion from the Rabbinical Council of America. JTA

Hamptons Rabbi Blames Expulsion On Mail Snafu

Schneier says RCA must not have received his letter apologizing for his affair, citing bipolar disorder.

06/14/2015 - 20:00

If Rabbi Marc Schneier’s account of his expulsion from the Rabbinical Council of America is to be believed, he owes his ouster to failures of the U.S. Postal Service.

Rabbi Marc Schneier speaking at a benefit for the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding in New York in March 2007. JTA

Making A Pitch For Hamptons-Style Zionism

East End rabbi’s Herzliya condo project aimed at those who want to ‘own a piece of Israel.’

12/01/2014 - 19:00

If they buy it, they will come.

That’s the philosophy behind a new luxury apartment project in Israel called The Hamptons in Herzliya Pituach that’s attempting to link two very swanky locales in the service of strengthening diaspora Jews’ connections to Israel — and selling high-end apartments.

A seaside marina in Herzliya Pituach as seen in video ad for The Hamptons condo project. Courtesy of The Hampton Synagogue

Shoah Statement Is ‘Significant Benchmark’

Rabbi Marc Schneier met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.

04/28/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Rabbi Marc Schneier, spiritual leader of the Hampton Synagogue on Long Island and president of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, was in Israel for Passover when he was invited to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.

Rabbi Marc Schneier and PA President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. Mahmoud Alian

‘The Real Challenge Is To Love The Stranger’

A local rabbi and imam try to bridge a wide gulf.

12/23/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Rabbi Marc Schneier is the founder and president of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, an organization that works internationally to promote understanding and cooperation between Jews and other ethnic communities. He recently published with Imam Shamsi Ali “Sons of Abraham: A Candid Conversation about the Issues That Divide and Unite Jews and Muslims” (Beacon Press), featuring a foreword by President Bill Clinton. The book, written in alternating chapters, grows out of an unusual friendship: Rabbi Schneier, the 18th in a rabbinic line and founding rabbi of the Hampton Synagogue on Long Island, and the imam, the son of an Indonesian farmer who studied in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia and now leads the Jamaica Muslim Center, both embrace pluralism, promote compassion and denounce all forms of hateful behavior.

Imam Shamsi Ali, left, and Rabbi Marc Schneier. Frederic Brenner

Take The Jitney: Selichot In The Hamptons

08/26/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

At a time when some congregations schedule the Selichot service that ushers in the High Holy Days for just after the end of Shabbat or join with a neighboring congregation to increase attendance, The Hampton Synagogue on Long Island’s east end is attracting worshippers from as far away as Flatbush.

Cantor Netanel Hershtik
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