Bonnie and Barry Epstein will be honored by The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and Temple Beth Sholom (TBS) in Roslyn Heights at the annual breakfast to benefit JTS on Sunday, October 17. The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. and be held at the synagogue, Roslyn Road at Northern State Parkway. Rabbi David Hoffman, scholar-in-residence and a lecturer in JTS’s Department of Talmud and Rabbinics, will be the guest speaker.
Barry grew up in Great Neck. He attended Brandeis University, graduating with honors in Economics and Sociology. After commencement, Barry volunteered for a one-year program in Israel where he fell in love with the Jewish State, and made Aliyah in 1980. He served as a tank crewman in the Armored Corps of the Israeli Defense Forces. After completing his military obligation, he worked in banking and international purchasing. When he returned to the United States in 1985, Barry earned an MBA from New York University. He entered the financial services field in 1987, and is now the owner of The Epstein Company. The firm specializes in employee benefits, insurance, business succession, and estate planning. A committed member of TBS, Barry has served on the board of trustees and on the executive board as vice president of religious affairs; he is currently secretary of the executive board. Barry co-chaired the fund-raising drive for the religious school renovation and recently served on the search committee for the new assistant rabbi.
Bonnie grew up in Bayside, Queens. She attended New York University, where she graduated with a BA in Fine Arts. After graduation, Bonnie worked at ABC News 20/20, first as a production assistant and then as an associate producer. Bonnie served as the president of the Achot group of Hadassah, and later on the Nassau County Region Executive Board. Actively involved in her children’s education, Bonnie has been the chair of Temple Beth Sholom’s school board, and has participated in the leadership of the PTA at TBS and the Roslyn schools. Bonnie served as the director of senior services at the Sid Jacobson JCC, and then transitioned to JTS, where she started as the assistant director of the Long Island Region. Bonnie was quickly promoted to regional director, and then to senior director of Development.
The Epsteins have three children: Jacob, a recent graduate of Colgate University; Benjamin, a sophomore at Tulane University; and Sarah, a sophomore at Solomon Schechter High School. Both boys attended Machon Beth Sholom and USY summer programs
Bonnie and Barry are members of the Rabbi’s Circle and are original members of the Temple Beth Sholom JTS Torah Institute, currently in its ninth year of study. They are passionate about the Conservative Movement and its values, and are committed to ongoing Jewish education.
Rabbi Hoffman is a scholar-in-residence at JTS and a lecturer in the Department of Talmud and Rabbinics. He recently completed his PhD in Talmud, writing on notions of honor and anger in rabbinic literature. Rabbi Hoffman was appointed by Chancellor Arnold Eisen to serve on the Rabbinical Assembly’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, the halakhic (Jewish legal) authority for the Conservative Movement. A dynamic and engaging teacher who has taught widely in synagogues and Jewish institutions across North America, Rabbi Hoffman served many years as the director of JTS’s Eisenfeld-Duker Beit Midrash and as religious and academic adviser to the Mekhinah (preparatory) program of The Rabbinical School of JTS. Rabbi Hoffman was ordained by JTS, where he was a Wexner Fellow.