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Rabbi Howard Diamond


Rabbi Diamond became the spiritual leader of Congregation B’nai Sholom-Beth David in August 2010. He brings years of experience in Judaic study, teaching and guiding congregations in maintaining traditional Conservative Judaism. 

Since becoming our Rabbi, Rabbi Diamond has enriched educational programs for all ages. He established a vibrant Wednesday night discussion group and an adult post-Bar/Bat Mitzvah study group, and he instituted the Korngold Connection, a Sunday morning study for Hebrew school parents, interfaith couples and those who want to delve into the Talmud. He also started a post Bar/Bat Mitzvah group for young adults as a continued connection to our Shul.

Together with other Rabbis on the South Shore of Long Island, he resurrected the Hebrew High School, which meets in our building. In addition, he has been an adult education instructor, Hebrew School teacher, and personally tutored scores of students through their Bar and Bat Mitzvah. Rabbi Diamond continues to teach adult Bar/Bat candidates so that they can experience the joy and pleasure of their own Bar/Bat Mitzvah experience. 

Prior to his tenure at Congregation B’nai Sholom-Beth David, Rabbi Diamond served as the Rabbi of Congregation Beth David (Lynbrook), Educational Director of Temple Beth El (North Bellmore) and Rabbi of Congregation Tifereth Israel (Greenport). In addition, he is Chaplain for the Village of Lynbrook Fire Department and a member of the Long Island Board of Rabbis.

Rabbi Diamond’s educational background includes the Talmudical Academy of Baltimore (High School), then the Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore, while also studying at The Johns Hopkins University. He is a graduate of Stony Brook University and he also attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He received his rabbinic ordination from the Orthodox Bet Din of Israel, and Yeshiva Tiferes Yisroel in 1993.

During his years as a student, he met and married Francine Marks. Together they have seven children and, at last count, 16 grandchildren.

Cantor Daniel Mendelson


Cantor Daniel Mendelson, a tenor, is the son of Cantors Jack and Fredda Mendelson. Naturally, he grew up around cantorial music (hazzanut) and opera. Cantor Mendelson has sung in Jewish concerts across the United States and Europe. He has performed cantorial duties at High Holiday services for over 10 years. He is featured in the movie about his dad, "A Cantor’s Tale," and the CDs Birthday of the World Part I, with Leonard Nimoy narrating, and "Hazzonos" with Frank London, as well as “Further Definitions of the Days of Awe” with The Afro-Semitic Experience. Cantor Mendelson graduated from New York City’s School of Visual Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film/Video Directing. His short film, "Rehearsing," was nominated for Best Film and Best Director at the 2006 Dusty Awards. His documentary, "Voice Teacher," was featured at the Syracuse International Film Festival, the Louisville Film Festival and the “World Eye” Jewish Film Festival in Ashkelon, Israel.

Richard Perlbinder – Ritual Director


Richard Perlbinder, the Ritual Director of Congregation B’nai Sholom-Beth David since 2001, is responsible for leading Daily Minyan and reading the Torah during services.

Richard was born in Brooklyn and raised in Valley Stream. His education includes a brief stop at the Hebrew Institute of Long Island (HILI) in Far Rockaway, then the Ivry Prosdor High School and the Hebrew High School of the Five Towns. He then lived on a kibbutz in Israel before returning to the United States to study at Cornell and Stony Brook.

Richard’s knowledge of and familiarity with the Torah enable him to chant the parshas flawlessly, his yad moving effortlessly over the text. He also chants the Megillah on Purim and leads services when the Cantor or Rabbi are unavailable. We are fortunate to have Richard participate as an integral member of our clergy.

Richard is a proud alumnus of Camp Ramah and a lifelong Zionist.

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