Rabbi William M. Strongin, has been the spiritual leader of Kehillat Ahavat Achim, the Jewish Congregation of New Paltz, since 1984. (He has so far officiated at two weddings for children of members that he had named as babies over thirty years ago.) Rabbi Bill reckons his relationship to our congregation as essentially a marriage in which rabbi and congregation face all joys and sorrows together.


In addition to his pulpit at JCNP, Rabbi Bill holds a B.A. from SUNY, Stonybrook, a M.T.S., from Harvard and a M.A.H.L. and a D.Div. from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Rabbi Bill has been a member of the History and Jewish Studies faculties of SUNY New Paltz since 1988, and Director of the Program in Jewish Studies since 2007.


He has written many articles and book reviews in magazines, newspapers and scholarly journals on such subjects as ancient and medieval Jewish history, Biblical and Talmudic studies, comparative theology, science and religion, and Holocaust studies.  Including "Science and Religion in Sobel's Galileo's Daughter" in Science Spectra; "On the Nature of Evil" in Reconstructionist Today and "Prophets and Loss" in Raayanot Rabbinical Journal.


He is, however most proud of a number of liturgical works he has authored. A collection of four Haggadot (three for Pesach and one for Tu B’Shvat); an extensive supplement for the Days of Awe, services for Slichot, Tisha B’Av, and for the House of Mourning, and the congregation’s regular Shabbat and weekday siddur: Siddur Shir Hadash (Prayerbook of the New Song).