Rabbi Ian Jacknis

Rabbi Ian Jacknis


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 has fostered a renewed feeling of unity and enthusiasm in the congregation, as well as a marked increase in membership. Shabbat services, especially, are infused with his special spirit, and he has brought a variety of new initiatives to SHJC.

Rabbi Jacknis is highly respected by his congregants and his peers. He is a Past President of the Rabbinical Assembly of Nassau-Suffolk as well as the Suffolk Council of Jewish Organizations. The Rabbi also serves as the Jewish Chaplain to the Melville Fire Department.

Rabbi Jacknis attended the undergraduate Joint Program of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and Columbia University, receiving two Bachelor Degrees in 1977. He later attended the Seminary’s Rabbinical School, taking classes at the University of Judaism (now the American Jewish University) in Los Angeles, at Neve Schechter in Jerusalem and at the Seminary’s main campus in Manhattan. In May of 1983 he received both his Master’s Degree and Rabbinic Ordination. Recently, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Upon ordination, Rabbi Jacknis assumed the pulpit of Congregation Tifereth Israel in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he devotedly served the local Jewish (and non-Jewish) community.

In 1988 he returned to New York, desiring to be closer to his family and a larger Jewish community, and to grow professionally. He became the Assistant Rabbi to Rabbi Joseph P. Sternstein at Temple Beth Sholom in Roslyn Heights, his boyhood synagogue, where he maintains strong ties to this day. Rabbi Jacknis credits Temple Beth Sholom and his involvement in the Conservative Movement’s youth program, United Synagogue Youth, with his early and enduring interest in Judaism.

Rabbi Jacknis is married to our incomparable Rebbitzen, Suri Jacknis, who serves as Director of Educator Networks at The Jewish Education Project.  She is a progressive leader in the Jewish world, and we are so fortunate to have the two of them as the leaders of our community.

Together, Suri and Rabbi have three children, a son Noam (married to Candace), a daughter Yael, and another daughter Nava (married to Natanel Fuchs).  Noam and Candace are the proud parents of Rabbi & Suri’s first grandchild Ethan Leo!

Contact: Rabbi Jacknis, (631) 421-3224 x13, mail to: rabbi@shjc.org