Rabbi Steven Bernstein
Rabbi Bernstein is the Rabbi of the Messianic Synagogue Aydat HaDerekh in Fort Myers, FL.
He was born in Lag B'Omer in Ann Arbor, MI; but he was raised in Gainesville, FL. Son of 2 professors at the University of Florida, Steve excelled in science at school. In addition to his normal academic studies, he continued his Jewish education by studying with many rabbis and professors of Jewish Studies at the University, including rabbis such as Abraham Joshua Heschel and Shlomo Carlebach. In the late 1970s, Steve moved with his family to Jerusalem, where his parents worked as visiting professors at the Hebrew University. In addition to continuing his academic studies while in Israel, he served in the Gadna division of the Israel Defense Forces. He also worked as a volunteer in some kibbutzim with the organizations Sherut Leumi, Magen David Adom and several archaeological excavations throughout Israel.
Upon returning to the United States, he entered Duke University, where he continued his education in Jewish studies and sciences. He studied 1st century Judea with Dr. Eric Meyers and historical Judaism with Dr. Kalman Bland. He earned his degree from the University of West Florida with a career in Philosophy and Religious Studies and New Testament Studies under the guidance of Rev. Dr. William Mountcastle. After college, Steve became a financial advisor and investment consultant. He worked at PaineWebber for 14 years and was appointed Financial Consultant Certified by the American College in Bryn Mawr, PA. In 2001, he joined the company Raymond James where he still practices today. Steve received his first semjah in 2005. Since then, he has been the Rabbi of the Messianic Synagogue Aydat HaDerekh in Fort Myers, FL, which is associated with the UMJC and the IAMCS. He is currently part of the provisional program at the IAMCS and the rabbinic program at the UMJC. He lives in Estero, FL with his wife Roni.