Rabbi Michael Baum (“Rabbi Mickey”) was appointed Director of Education at Temple Beth Am in July 2007 and Head Rabbi of this year. A ceremony celebrating his installation as Head Rabbi was held earlier this month.
Rabbi Baum has been involved in Jewish education since 1987. He attended Hofstra University and was ordained from Tiferet Yisrael Yeshivah in 2006. He started teaching at Temple Beth Am in 1995. Through the years, he has taught all grades (k-12), helped train Bar/Bat Mitzvah students and has led P.A.C.T. (Parents and Children Together) workshops as well as teacher training sessions.
Rabbi Mickey is flanked by Hempstead Town Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney, at left, and Hempstead Town Supervisor-elect Laura Gillen, at right
Rabbi Mickey has taught adult education and adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah classes. He currently serves as the Immediate Past Chairman of LITE (Long Island Temple Educators). Rabbi Mickey is proud to be a member of the New York State Chaplains Task Force and to serve on the advisory board of Island Harvest.
Prior to becoming director of education, he taught at Temple Emanu-El of East Meadow, where he also served as youth director and was also youth director at the Suburban Temple of Wantagh.
At his installment ceremony, Rabbi Mickey said that “To say I am feeling a bit overcome with emotions at this moment is an understatement. While I knew this installation was coming, it is still quite a humbling experience. I am deeply honored and humbled to serve you as your rabbi. As your rabbi, I will be a guide and a teacher. I will continue to be an important and unique friend to all of you.
“We are a family and I look forward to growing closer with each and every one of you as we make this truly a Beit Am – a house of the people.”