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Birthday Breakfast for Rabbi Jacknis Set for Sunday

The celebration takes place at South Huntington Jewish Center in Melville.

Rabbi Ian Jacknis of South Huntington Jewish Center in Melville. Credit: Courtesy Photo
Rabbi Ian Jacknis of South Huntington Jewish Center in Melville. Credit: Courtesy Photo

More than 300 members of South Huntington Jewish Center in Melville will gather Sunday at 10 a.m. in the synagogue’s ballroom to celebrate a special birthday for their longtime Rabbi, Ian Jacknis.

The “Sensational at 60” birthday breakfast festivities will begin even before anyone enters the building, with a guest appearance in the parking lot by the Melville Fire Department’s truck 2-5-1, a truck Rabbi Jacknis helped dedicate as the department’s chaplain. The fire department will kick off the ceremonies with an honor guard presenting the colors and making a presentation to the Rabbi, who is also celebrating his thirteenth year as its chaplain.

The morning will continue with a breakfast buffet, performances from the SHJC early childhood program, religious school and choir, led by Hazzan Brian Shamash, and presentations and proclamations from officials with the Town of Huntington and other dignitaries.

Rabbi Jacknis has served as the South Huntington Jewish Center’s spiritual leader for nearly 21 years. He is also a past president of the Rabbinical Assembly of Nassau-Suffolk as well as the Suffolk Council of Jewish Organizations. The Rabbi is married to Suri Jacknis, the associate director of congregational learning for The Jewish Education Project. Together, they are the parents of three children, Noam, Yael and Nava.

South Huntington Jewish Center is an egalitarian, family-friendly Conservative Jewish congregation located at 2600 New York Avenue in Melville, New York. Learn more at www.shjc.org.

With special thanks to Peri Schacknow.

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