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Lorinda Weinstock

Abbe Center for Jewish Life Director and Hillel Adviser

Community Affiliations:

  • Finger Lakes Chapter of Hadassah, President
  • Avodah Committee at Temple Beth-El, Chair
  • Geneva Historical Society, Member

"I love Friday night Shabbat dinners and the cycle of Jewish life - starting the New Year in the fall, the lights of Hanukkah in the Winter, thinking about springtime in Israel in January/February when we celebrate Tu B'Shevat. The Jewish community at HWS represents a wide variety of Jewish backgrounds and experiences. I enjoy the closeness of a small community, and the chance it affords to get to know people."

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Michael Dobkowski

Professor of Religious Studies

Professor Dobkowski is the coordinator of the Holocaust Studies minor as well as the HWS organizer for the yearly "March for Remembrance and Hope," a week-long European excursion that teaches students the dangers of intolerance through the study of the Holocaust. Dobkowski is an expert in terrorism and genocide and has written "The Tarnished Dream: The Basis of American Anti-Semitism," "The Politics of Indifference: Documentary History of Hologaust Victims in America," "Jewish American Voluntary Organizations," and co-authored "Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear States & Terrorism." Read more about Professor Dobkowski's work.


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Jo Beth Mertens

Associate Professor of Economics
Trustee and Past President of Temple Beth-El
2005 New York Professor of the Year

"We're always looking for ways to engage students more and more each year. We work with Hillel on programming, have some HWS students teach in our religious school and would love to have students lead some services, like a havdallah or a Friday night service, in the future."

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Rabbi David Reiner

Temple Beth-El

Rabbi Reiner was ordained in 2009 at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. He served as a student rabbi and intern for congregations in Louisiana, Florida, Michigan, Illinois, North Carolina and Massachusetts before coming to Geneva. Reiner also spent two summers at the Religious Action Center, a Reform Jewish lobby in Washington, D.C., and was invited to speak before a gathering of congressional staffers at the United States Capitol.

"There is such a warmth and energy in the Geneva Jewish community. Everyone knows everyone, and they're all very excited to explore Judaism."