Rabbi Jack Dermer is thrilled to be joining the Merrick Jewish Centre following his ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Originally from Southwest Florida, Rabbi Dermer brought his love of learning to Brandeis University, where he earned a BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies. Upon graduating from Brandeis, Rabbi Dermer followed his religious calling to the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, where he decided to devote his life to Torah, spiritual growth, and serving the Jewish community.
While at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Rabbi Dermer built upon his interest in philosophy, earning an MA in Jewish Thought with a focus on Chassidic and Kabbalistic mysticism, and twice receiving the Seminary’s Rubenovitz Prize in Theology. As a rabbinical student, Rabbi Dermer worked as a chaplain for Holocaust survivors, created a program to host Shabbat meals for isolated senior citizens, and enjoyed spending numerous summers as a teacher and special needs inclusion counselor with Camp Ramah.
Rabbi Dermer is a lifelong guitar player and a lover of the outdoors. He is excited to share his warmth, music, and passion for Torah with the Merrick Jewish Centre and the larger community.
Email Rabbi Dermer at [email protected], or call 516-379-8650