Rabbi Arnold L. Bienstock

Rabbi Arnold L. Bienstock comes to Salisbury by way of Carmel, Indiana where he was rabbi at Congregation Shaarey Tefilla for thirteen years. Before that, he was rabbi at Temple Bnai Israel in Toledo, Ohio and spent four years at Temple Israel in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in the early 1980s. At each congregation, he developed programs in music and education and trained numerous bar and bat mitzvah students, both thirteen year olds and adults.

He has also taught Bible study and Biblical Hebrew at various colleges and universities including Butler University, Ball State University and the Christian Theological Seminary. He has written several articles and has been published in The Indianapolis Star, The Jewish Post and Opinion and other publications.

Rabbi Bienstock holds an honorary Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) from the Jewish Theological Seminary, New York. He earned his rabbinical ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary and well as an MS in Jewish studies and a BHL in Talmudic Studies. His B. A. is in anthropology, earned at Columbia University where he was magna cum laude. He has also studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Center for Jewish Education in the Diaspora.

Rabbi Bienstock is involved with communal activities on the Eastern Shore.  He is an active member of the Interfaith Ministerial Alliance which represents the religious denominations of Salisbury.  He is a volunteer rabbi to the Jewish congregation at ECI -  Eastern Correctional Institution - the largest prison in the State of Maryland.  He is an active member in the Greater Baltimore - Washington Region of the Rabbinical Assembly.   He has spoken to many Eastern Shore church and civic groups about Judaism.

He has four lovely daughters of whom he is immensely proud.

In August of 2010, he brought all that energy and experience to Beth Israel in Salisbury, Maryland; we're looking forward to growing together.

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