Rabbi Todd Chizner serves as the spiritual leader of Temple Judea of Manhasset. His rabbinate is defined by his love of learning and teaching, his focus on creating a warm and welcoming environment in the synagogue, and his pursuit of a strong sense of spirituality for himself and the membership of his congregation.
Rabbi Chizner teaches a weekly Bar/Bat Mitzvah class and personally works with each of our Bar/Bat Mitzvah students. His first hand knowledge of each child is reflected in a warm and personal Bar/ Bat Mitzvah ceremony.
In addition, Rabbi Chizner takes great pride in the privilege of teaching our 10th grade confirmation class, our 11th grade class and our 12th grade class.
Rabbi Chizner leads an Adult Torah study class on Mondays from 10:30 am -11:30 am. And several times a year Rabbi Chizner offers adult classes on Sunday mornings or weekday evenings.
Rabbi Chizner has a particular love for the State of Israel and often arranges for programs and speakers, which keep our community up-to-date on the Jewish Homeland. In addition, Rabbi Chizner shares with us his passion for Israel in inspiring sermons from the Bima. Rabbi Chizner has also led our temple on trips to Israel in 2009 and 2011 and is looking forward to future trips.
Rabbi Chizner is an active board member of the New York Board of Rabbis. He is a supportive member of the Partners in Community Care program through the Sid Jacobson JCC. He regularly attends Synergy meetings. He also is an active participant in the Manhasset Clergy Association.
Rabbi Chizner earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he majored in Psychology. He received a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Los Angeles. As a rabbinic student, he studied in Jerusalem, Los Angeles and New York, and received prizes for his work in Jewish History. Rabbi Chizner was ordained at HUC-JIR New York in 1999.
Rabbi Chizner previously served at Temple Beth Torah in Melville, NY.
Rabbi Chizner was born and raised on Long Island, and is married to Lauren who is a graduate of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education and a native of Houston, TX. They are the proud parents of Jacob, Jed and Rachel and their dog “Cookie”.
Shalom U’Veracha – With Peace and Blessing,
Rabbi Todd Chizner