Originally from Fairfield, New Jersey, Rabbi Steven I. Rein received his rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary where he also earned an M.A. in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Graduate School at JTS. He joined Agudas Achim Congregation in 2014 after five years as the Assistant Rabbi of Park Avenue Synagogue in Manhattan. Rabbi Rein is committed to building a caring community, fostering Jewish learning, and encouraging our members to turn words into action. He aspires to make Agudas Achim a true kehillah kedoshah, a holy congregation.
Outside of his synagogue responsibilities, Rabbi Rein is a reserve chaplain in the United States Air Force. Commissioned in 2005 he has served at Hanscom AFB, MA, the United States Air Force Academy, CO, Wright Patterson AFB, OH, Bolling Air Force Base, DC, Langley AFB, VA, and Joint Base Andrews, MD. Rabbi Rein was promoted to Major in October 2017 and currently serves as the Jewish Chaplain for Arlington National Cemetery. He has also served since 2011 as a member of the Religious Leadership Advisory Board of the Jewish Theological Seminary.
In his spare time, Rabbi Rein is an avid fan of the New York Yankees and New Jersey Devils. Rabbi Rein is married to Jodi Hirsch Rein, Principal of Gesher Jewish Day School. He and Jodi, along with their children, Ari and Ilan, are pleased to be part of the Agudas Achim family.