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

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

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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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