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Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein Named Director of Jewish Community at 92Y


Rubinstein to Serve as 92Y’s Spiritual Leader and Director of Bronfman Center for Jewish Life

NEW YORK, NY: April 29, 2014 – Henry Timms, newly named executive director at 92nd Street Y, today announced the appointment of Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein as Director of Jewish Community and the Bronfman Center for Jewish Life at 92Y. Rabbi Rubinstein, currently Senior Rabbi at Central Synagogue, will join 92Y in September.  Rabbi Rubinstein will oversee 92Y’s Jewish programming and serve as a spiritual leader for the organization.

We are honored to welcome Peter Rubinstein to 92Y,” said Stuart J. Ellman, President of the 92Y Board of Directors. “Peter has been at the vanguard of making certain that Jewish tradition remains relevant and vibrant for our modern world and for generations to come. His lifelong commitment to teaching and learning, his steadfast leadership in the Jewish community, his work on defining the Rabbi’s role for the 21st century and his dedication to interfaith dialogue speak eloquently to 92Y’s Jewish identity.  I am so pleased that Peter will be joining Henry and his extraordinary team. I know that with Henry’s exceptional leadership and Peter nurturing 92Y’s Jewish spirit, they will inspire us to always aim higher, deepening and expanding our service to the entire community.”

"As a visionary congregational rabbi, Peter has dedicated himself to the Jewish communal world. He is a thought leader who brings tremendous experience, wisdom and enthusiasm to the task of strengthening Jewish life and today’s Jewish community,” said Matthew Bronfman, 92Y Board Member and past President, Chair of the Bronfman Center for Jewish Life and Chair of the Program Committee. “We want to welcome Peter to the 92Y family, and we look forward to the myriad ways in which our community will benefit from his considerable knowledge and expertise.”

“We are thrilled to have Peter join our team,” said Timms. “His remarkable energy, enthusiasm and experience will bring so much to 92Y and our community. We are looking forward to him taking our work to new heights.”

“I’m excited to begin my next chapter with 92Y, a historic institution with an outstanding reputation in New York City and beyond,” said Rabbi Rubinstein. “I’m looking forward to working with Henry and the whole team at 92Y in maximizing the potential of 92Y as a thought leader and convener of Jewish community in the city.”

Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein, Director of Jewish Community and the Bronfman Center for Jewish Life, graduated from Amherst College and was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in New York where he received a Master of Hebrew Letters degree with honors.  Prior to joining Central Synagogue, he served as the Rabbi of Woodlands Community Temple in White Plains, N.Y., and at Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo, California.  Throughout his career, Rabbi Rubinstein has taught at Manhattanville College, Colgate University, San Jose State and the HUC-JIR in both New York and Cincinnati. In addition to his professional affiliations and responsibilities, Rabbi Rubinstein is a founder and Chair of the Rabbinic Council of the World Union of Progressive Judaism and Co-chair of the Partnership of Faith in New York City.  He is the Founder and Chair of the Rabbinic Vision Initiative aimed at the evolution of Reform Judaism in North America and he is a frequent lecturer on the role of a Rabbi now and in the future.  Rabbi Rubinstein has been involved on the Boards of several prominent organizations, including Auburn Theological Seminary (of which he is the immediate past Chairman of the Board), the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, UJA-Federation of New York, United Way of New York, and the Rabbinic Council of HUC-JIR.  He is recognized as a leader in the changing face of the Jewish community and was ranked number 3 in Newsweek’s 2012 list of “America’s 50 Most Influential Rabbis.”  He has been on the list since its inception. His writing has been included in several books, including Our Rabbis Taught (1990), How Can I Find God (1997), Restoring Faith (2001), and Shine by Star Jones (2006). Rabbi Rubinstein is married to Kerry Rubinstein.

About 92Y

92Y is a world-class nonprofit community and cultural center that connects people at every stage of life to the worlds of education, the arts, health and wellness, and Jewish life. Through the breadth and depth of 92Y’s extraordinary programs, 92Y enriches lives, creates community and elevates humanity. More than 300,000 people visit 92Y in New York City annually and many more connect through digital and social media, live webcasts of events, and an extensive archive of stage programs and original content produced for the web, all available on

92Y’s Bronfman Center provides a place for people of all ages, at every stage of life to discover and follow pathways to meaningful, joyous and proud Jewish journeys. The Center offers a vibrant mix of Jewish community activities and learning opportunities for adults and children, including: Shababa, a thriving network of multigenerational programs for families; Connect, 92Y’s Jewish after-school; Jewish holiday celebrations throughout the year; and talks and seminars where leading thinkers, cultural figures, artists and politicians provide a huge range of perspectives on everything from current events to ancient Jewish wisdom..

A proudly Jewish organization since its founding in 1874, 92Y embraces its heritage and enthusiastically welcomes people of all backgrounds and perspectives. For more information, visit


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