Clergy

Rabbi Orrin Krublit

(631) 421-3224, ext. 13

Rabbi Orrin Krublit joined the Melville Jewish Center on August 1, 2021 as our spiritual leader. He was born in Florida, attended the American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina, the University of Florida, and the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he received Ordination in 2017. He came to New York from Orlando, where he served as the Rabbi at the Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation.

Rabbi Krublit met his wife Meira Cohen, a Long Island native, while attending the Seminary. They fell in love over a shared passion for Judaism, Indian Food, and Comedy, and were married in St. Louis, where Rabbi Krublit was the Assistant Rabbi at Congregation B’nai Amoona. They have a toddler son, Asher, and all are thrilled to be part of such a loving and heimish community here at the Melville Jewish Center. Rabbi Krublit believes that “the synagogue should be a place where you can find friendship, community, and inspiration. “Building and strengthening relationships and connections between one another transforms our synagogues into holy communities,” says Rabbi Krublit. “Our kehillot, congregations, are places where we can join together to celebrate the joys in our lives, and to find comfort and help whenever we need it.”

Contact Rabbi Krublit – (631) 421-3224 x 13, mail to , or on his cell phone, (407) 453-4601.

Click here for article in Newsday featuring Rabbi Krublit.

Rabbi Krublit met his wife Meira Cohen, a Long Island native, while attending the Seminary. They fell in love over a shared passion for Judaism, Indian Food, and Comedy, and were married in St. Louis, where Rabbi Krublit was the Assistant Rabbi at Congregation B’nai Amoona. They have a toddler son, Asher, and all are thrilled to be part of such a loving and heimish community here at the Melville Jewish Center. Rabbi Krublit believes that “the synagogue should be a place where you can find friendship, community, and inspiration. “Building and strengthening relationships and connections between one another transforms our synagogues into holy communities,” says Rabbi Krublit. “Our kehillot, congregations, are places where we can join together to celebrate the joys in our lives, and to find comfort and help whenever we need it.”

Contact Rabbi Krublit – (631) 421-3224 x 13, mail to , or on his cell phone, (407) 453-4601.

Click here for article in Newsday featuring Rabbi Krublit.

Dr. Leah F. Cassorla, Cantor/Educator

(631) 421-3224 ext. 12

Cantor Leah officially joined our Melville JC family on August 1, 2023. 

Dr. Leah F. Cassorla was born in Israel and raised both there and in the US. The third of four siblings, Cantor Leah is currently studying for dual ordination as Cantor-Rabbi at the Academy for Jewish Religion, which will make her the 9th generation of rabbis on her father’s side. With an equal lineage of military service on her mother’s side, Cantor Leah served at the Naval Academy in the US and in the National  Service program in Israel. As an adult in Israel, she 

had the opportunity to study jazz at Rimon School of Music, the only worldwide partner to the Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA. Cantor Leah has worked as an educator in higher education as well as in religious education for more than two decades. She works hard to bring compassion, curiosity, and joy to her teaching, modeling for her students the love she has for lifelong learning and for Judaism, both of which were fed from a young age by her studies at the Phoenix Hebrew Academy, as well as her father’s pulpit, where she was given the opportunity to teach and to practice Hazzanut (prayer leading). It is in leading prayer and in teaching that Cantor Leah finds her greatest joys. Cantor Leah is accompanied by her therapy dog, Boobah, a 10 (ish) year old, one-eyed, Lhasa-Apso-Shih-Tzu mix her students often turn to for comfort and calm.

Rabbi Emeritus Ian S. Jacknis

After 28 years of devoted service as Rabbi of South Huntington Jewish Center, Rabbi Ian S. Jacknis has retired and is now our esteemed Rabbi Emeritus.

Rabbi Jacknis brought his love of Judaism and unique blend of warmth and spirituality to South Huntington Jewish Center in the summer of 1993, and quickly became known, both inside the synagogue and throughout the surrounding communities, as being welcoming, responsive, insightful and compassionate. During his tenure he fostered a renewed feeling of unity and enthusiasm in the congregation. Shabbat services, especially, were infused with his special spirit. He brought a variety of new initiatives to SHJC.

We wish Rabbi Jacknis and his beloved wife, Suri, a retirement filled with good times, good health and love of family and friends.

Our synagogue is honoring the legacy of the Jacknis family with the naming of our library and youth lounge The Rabbi Ian S. And Suri Jacknis Library and Youth Lounge. For more information, click here.