The Hollis Hills Bayside Jewish Center is an egalitarian congregation in northeast Queens, New York, created as a result of a consolidation of two congregations – Hollis Hills Jewish Center and Bayside Jewish Center. These two congregations have merged over 50 years of tradition and service to their congregations and the Northeast Queens Jewish community. We are a warm embracing congregation with an emphasis on learning and prayer. We are affiliated with United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism with an active nursery school, Hebrew school, daily minyan (twice a day), award winning youth group, and a vibrant adult education program. Our congregation is led and inspired by Rabbi David Wise and Cantor Sol Zim. Visit their website >

SPARK Team Members

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Rabbi David Wise is in his 13th year as the spiritual leader of the Hollis Hills Bayside Jewish Center in Queens. He previously led Temple Beth El of Somerset, NJ. Rabbi Wise has led his community through the Strategic Planning Pilot Cohort of USCJ and the Re-imagine program of the Jewish Education Project. He was ordained by JTS in 1996. He has served on many committees for the Rabbinical Assembly, as an officer in two RA regions, and is a graduate of the NY Global Justice Fellowship of AJWS. He is married, and is the proud father of one current and one future IDF Lone Soldier.

Rabbi David Wise

Team Leader


I work in the financial services sector focusing on marketing and customer experience.  I have been active with the Hollis Hills Bayside Jewish Center for the past few years and have 2 kids - ages 6 and 9.

Alexis Ludwig

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Arthur Liederman is a partner in NE regional law firm specializing in insurance related practice representing London and Germany based insurers. He is presently President of synagogue for second go around. He just completed chairing of Strategic Planning Committee. He is married with two adult sons.

Arthur Liederman

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Born & raised in the New York area, I graduated from New York University and then spent nearly a decade living and working as an educator and writer/editor in Tel-Aviv, Israel. I currently reside in Bayside, Queens with my husband, toddler & another on the way. Right now I am fully immersed in motherhood and cultivating a pluralistic, inclusive and cultural Jewish lifestyle within which to nurture my family that is vastly different from my own rigid ultra-Orthodox upbringing. I love swimming, reading to my daughter and chai lattes.

Tara Herman