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Rabbi Halina Rubinstein

Rabbi Halina RubinsteinRabbi Halina Rubinstein was born and raised in Mexico City.  After high school she spent time in Israel studying Hebrew in Jerusalem and working in a Kibbutz in the Galilee. Upon returning to Mexico she graduated from the Hebrew Teachers Seminary in Mexico City and taught in one of the Jewish day schools.  At the same time, she completed an MA in Anthropology at the Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia.

 After her arrival in the United States, Rabbi Rubinstein attended the Jewish Theological Seminary where she earned both MA and MPhil degrees in Jewish studies and Jewish Philosophy. She was recruited to work in the Education Department of the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism as the dean of the Teachers Development Institute, a project to train teachers for synagogue schools.

 During her tenure as the Education Director of the Pelham Jewish Center she started attending rabbinical school and was ordained by the Academy for Jewish Religion, a pluralistic rabbinical and cantorial school.  Until recently, she served on the board of the Academy as the Alumni representative.

 Rabbi Rubinstein is a founding member of the Rosh Pinah Chavurah of the Rivertowns, a Conservative egalitarian member-led group in Hastings-on-Hudson.  She started, and still leads, a Rosh Chodesh women’s group that has met uninterruptedly for six years. One of her great pleasures is her weekly lunch meeting with a group of women she prepared for their Bat Mitzvah, celebrated three years ago, who continue studying with her.

In her very limited free time, Rabbi Rubinstein enjoys knitting and loves to read mystery novels – in the three languages in which she is fluent—and, through the years, has accumulated a vast knowledge of the genre. Both she and her husband are big music and opera devotees.

Rabbi Rubinstein is married to Dr. Boris Rubinstein, a child psychiatrist in Westchester who teaches at Columbia University. They have three children: Rachel, a professor of American Literature and Jewish studies at Hampshire College, Noam, a project manager in business and finance, and Cantor Dannah Rubinstein, who has just been engaged by Ohr Tzion congregation in Scottsdale, Arizona, as their new cantor.  


Tue, March 26 2019 19 Adar II 5779