Brian Land, President
Bret Pearlman, Vice President
Michael Reisman Treasurer
Eric Brotman, Recording Secretary
Lisa Weiner, Past President
Ben Braunstein, Michael Falkove, Marcia Glick, Nancy Krosser, Andrew Levine, Nancy Rosenberg,
Oren Simon, Jonathan Siskind, Edra Tepper, Kathy Weiss, Brenda Wilensky
We are proud to share with you the future of Congregation L’Dor V’Dor!
The former Oyster Bay Jewish Center had provided a place of worship for more than 50 years, building a strong Jewish community on the north shore of Long Island. As a result of the recent merger with the Jewish Congregation of Brookville, we now have a vibrant, growing Reform congregation that we can pass along from "generation to generation."
Mission Statement of Congregation L’Dor V’Dor
Working together, the Board and the Rabbi have outlined our Congregational Vision and Guiding Principles. We believe it covers the expectations of who we are and the path that we as a congregation are looking to take together.
To bring meaning and healing to our lives and the world.
We are a warm, welcoming and inclusive community. Through our engagement with Torah we add meaning to our lives.
We strive to instill a love of Jewish learning in our children and our children’s children.
Through joyful and uplifting prayer, we celebrate life’s blessings and bring healing to our souls and those struggling with illness, loss or despair.
Our synagogue is our spiritual home enabling us to come together.
We seek to better our community and the world by strengthening relationships and reaching out to others.
We strive to balance Jewish commitments with the demands of modern life in new and creative ways.
Talya Smilowitz began her tenure at our congregation in June of 2009.
It is her love and passion for singing and music, Yiddishkeit, building community, embracing her Jewish heritage and teaching that has drawn her to a career as a cantor.
She was was born and raised in West Hartford, Connecticut where her parents instilled in her a love and passion for Jewish life. Talya’s vocal talent was evident in the many shows she participated in during her formative years culminating in the Tanglewood Summer Institute after her junior year in High School, and her bachelors and masters degrees in vocal performance from The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, respectively.
Talya has appeared in prestigious venues all over the world, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, The Broadway Stage, Opera and Symphony Halls all over China, Cabaret venues, nightclubs and sang the National Anthem at Citifield for the New York Mets. Versatile in various musical styles and genres, Talya has toured France performing with a Klezmer ensemble. Talya is now the lead singer of a Jazz ensemble called “Thread of Blue” and continues to perform in a variety of diverse venues around the tri-state area https://www.reverbnation.com/threadofblue.
Talya has found teaching and working with children to be very rewarding. Her current work teaching Hebrew, as well as interacting with children, watching them grow and achieve their goals has been extremely fulfilling. Talya is also a certified yoga instructor, and is interested in exploring the interplay between Judaism and yoga.
Talya Smilowitz lives in Sea Cliff, NY with her husband, Yoni Komorov and their children Eliana and Ilan.