Dr. Rabbi of Dobbs Ferry

The Jewish Theological Seminary in NYC, the intellectual center of Conservative Judaism, recently awarded honorary doctorates to 11 Conservative rabbis from the New York area who have served for at least a quarter century.

rabbi2.jpgAmong them was Rabbi Barry Kenter of the “Greenburgh Hebrew Center”:http://www.g-h-c.org/ in Dobbs Ferry. He’s a good guy who is a devout believer in Conservative Judaism (one of his two sons is studying for the rabbinate at JTS).

Kenter is a member of the Board of Governors of the NY Board of Rabbis. And he’s also very active in the interfaith world, as a founding board member of the Center for Jewish-Christian-Muslim Understanding in Irvington.

So congratulations to Dr. Kenter.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.