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Our Clergy

 Moshe Bear, Hazzan
 Hazzan Moshe Bear received his cantorial ordination from           the Academy for Jewish Religion in New York City.  He has served as   Cantor at Temple Gates of Prayer (Flushing, NY) for over 13 years.     Cantor Bear is a Jewish educator for all age groups. Regarded a master
 teacher, his B’nai Mitzvah program has won a top award from the   United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. He considers this aspect   of his career to be perhaps the most satisfying of his work in the       Jewish  world; he believes that “building” Jews, to be both ritually
 self-sufficient and spiritually grounded (from the inside out), is the   most effective approach to creating and retaining congregants who lead Jewishly fulfilled lives. Cantor Bear believes that pastoral work - in cooperation with his rabbinic partners - is an essential part of being a hazzan. He loves being part of his congregants’ lives on happy and sad occasions, and treasures walking with them on their life-journeys.
 
Additionally, Cantor Bear is an accomplished performer, director, and producer. He is the former conductor of the Long Island Chapter of HaZamir, the International Jewish Teen Choir, performing at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Metropolitan Opera House. He himself has concertized in North America, Europe and Israel. A specialist in the performance of Yiddish song, he was the first singer to offer a concert of Yiddish music at Ellis Island.
 
For 24 years he has also served as the Passover “Chazzn” of the Yiddish Artists and Friends-Actors Club in Manhattan. In addition to television appearances as a singer of Jewish music, Cantor Bear has performed often at Cantors Assembly gatherings and on its missions to Poland and Israel and is featured in the film 100 Voices. He is renowned as a producer of Jewish music concerts of the highest caliber for over thirty years. A long-term chairman of its Metropolitan Region, he continues to be active in the Cantors Assembly also as a member of its Executive Council. Cantor Bear believes his very best work to be his two wonderful children Mia and Nathaniel.
 
 
 Steven Barr, Ritual Director
 Since 1974, Cantor Steven Barr has been working as Cantor, Ritual   Director, and Educator in sixteen different Conservative and Reform   congregations. He studied Literature, Music, and Education at The   University of Maryland and at The Cantors' Institute of The Jewish   Theological Seminary. His hobbies include martial arts, hiking, and   playing musical instruments.
 
 

 

 

Albert Thaler, Rabbi Emeritus
Rabbi Thaler served Temple Gates of Prayer for 37 years, from 1980 to 2017.  He was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary where he received a Masters degree in Hebrew Literature and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa.
 
Rabbi Thaler was director of the Ramah Day Camp in Nyack for 27 years.  While director, he educated and inspired a generation of children, teens, and young adults.
 
He served Temple Gates of Prayer with singular devotion, energy and enthusiasm.  He engendered a strong sense of community within our congregation. He encouraged us to become a child-friendly, family-oriented congregation.  He taught us how to celebrate and enjoy Jewish life.  Throughout his career, he strongly advocated for Conservative Judaism.
 
Sat, September 18 2021 12 Tishrei 5782