Resolution J81-2013

Commending Rabbi Steven Moss for his 40 years of devoted service to B'nai Israel Reform Temple

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  • Jan 15, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 15, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jan 10, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commending Rabbi Steven Moss for his 40 years of
devoted service to B'nai Israel Reform Temple of Oakdale, New York

WHEREAS, The character and richness of religious and community  life  in
this  noble Empire State is nourished and fulfilled through the faithful
concern and selfless devotion of those who would commit  their  energies
and purpose to the ministry of others; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to bring full recog-
nition  and just tribute to those individuals who distinguish themselves
and the ministry through their unremitting commitment and preeminence of
service; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to commend Rabbi Steven
Moss for his 40 years of devoted service to B'nai Israel  Reform  Temple
of Oakdale, New York; and
  WHEREAS, Rabbi Steven Moss conducted his first service for B'nai Isra-
el at the High Holy Days in 1972, and became the Temple's first ordained
Rabbi in June of 1974; and
  WHEREAS, Continuing over the next few years, under the luminous direc-
tion  of Rabbi Steven Moss, the congregation grew in membership, from 23
families to over 300; the services went from single to double  Holy  Day
services,  first  in the Idle Hour Boulevard building and then at nearby
Dowling College; and
  WHEREAS, Rabbi Steven Moss, a true community leader, ministers to  the
Jewish life cycle needs of the congregation and the surrounding communi-
ty;  he  has  chaired  the  Suffolk County Human Rights Commission since
1992, and is co-chair of the Suffolk County Anti-Bias Task Force as well
as chair of the Islip Town Anti-Bias Task Force in  the  battle  against
anti-Semitism and other bias crimes; and
  WHEREAS,  Furthermore,  he  is  Director  and  Founder of STOPBIAS, an
educational program for bias/hate crimes offenders;  he  has  served  as
chaplain  to  the Suffolk County Police Department since 1986, and holds
the rank of Deputy Chief; and
  WHEREAS, Rabbi Steven Moss is President of the Suffolk County Board of
Rabbis and is past-President of numerous local and county organizations;
he is also Vice-Chair of the Center for  the  Holocaust,  Diversity  and
Human  Understanding  located  in  the  library  of the Selden Campus of
Suffolk Community College; and
  WHEREAS, A student of Kabbalah and meditation, Rabbi Steven  Moss  has
led  workshops in these areas of Jewish life and study; moreover, he has
had articles printed in the Journal of the CENTRAL CONFERENCE OF  AMERI-
CAN  RABBIS,  and  in other publications; he is also the longest sitting
member on the Islip Town Board of Ethics; and
  WHEREAS, Currently, Rabbi Steven Moss  is  enrolled  in  a  Doctor  of
Ministry  Program for Pastoral Psychotherapy at the Hebrew Union College
Jewish Institute of Religion and Post-Graduate Center for Mental  Health
in New York; and
  WHEREAS, Rabbi Steven Moss has brought to his ministry an overwhelming
spirit  of  charity and compassion, acting from vision and enlightenment
in conducting his administrative  and  spiritual  duties,  while  always
displaying  the highest standards of personal and professional integrity
and dedication; and
  WHEREAS, This distinguished man of God has always given enlightenment,
guidance and wisdom to the many entrusted to his care and  has  adminis-
tered abundantly and unstintingly to the spiritual and corporal needs of
all; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is the sense of this Legislative Body that when a person
of such noble aims and accomplishments is brought to our attention it is

appropriate to publicly and jubilantly proclaim and commend  that  indi-
vidual for the edification of others; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commend Rabbi Steven Moss for his 40 years of devoted service  to  B'nai
Israel  Reform  Temple  of Oakdale, New York, noting his unremitting and
compassionate faith and his exemplary  service  to  God,  man,  and  his
community, and extending to him the heartfelt best wishes of this Legis-
lative Body for a future of purposeful success and well-being; and be it
further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Rabbi Steven Moss.

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