Sy was a graduate of the American Academy of Funeral Service and had been a funeral professional since 1955. From his early years on the Lower East Side, with his father-in-law Harry Buchbinder, Sy devoted his life to serving the Jewish Community in their time of need. The family tradition continued as Sy moved Sinai Chapels to Fresh Meadows, Queens in 1981, designing a state-of-the-art facility to bring compassionate personal service to a new generation of the Jewish Community. During his early career, Sy devoted much of his free time to many Jewish fraternal service organizations. He served the Community through his memberships in the Pythian Lodges, Odd Fellows, and Synagogue. We were fortunate to have Sy working with us at Sinai Chapels and benefited daily from his experience and wisdom.
Michael majored in Business at the University of Miami, Florida and graduated from the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in 1980. Michael has three decades of experience. He is a member of The Jewish Funeral Directors of America and KAVOD — The Independent Jewish Funeral Chapels. Michael has served twice as Chancellor Commander of Sam Harris Renaissance Lodge of the Knights of Pythias. He is a member and former officer of the Brandeis Lodge (Masonic Order) and serves as an active member of numerous fraternal organizations. Michael is a member of Shelter Rock Jewish Center.
Michael was honored for his community service in 2009 by the Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation as a recipient of a Parker Platinum Professionals award.
Rabbi Strasberg served for 27 years as the Spiritual Leader of the Israel Center of Hillcrest Manor. He provided dynamic and dignified leadership, always encouraging people to increase their participation in and commitment to traditional Jewish life, values, and observance. Rabbi Strasberg is a graduate of Columbia University (BA), JTSA (BHL, MA, Ordination), Wurtzweiler School of Social Work (MSW), and also has an Orthodox Semicha. As the Rabbi of a significant Congregation, he was dedicated to providing quality pastoral care and developing a caring and concerned community, skills which have enabled him to continue to serve the Community in his positions as Director of Pastoral Services at Sinai Chapels.