Steven Bayar received his BA in religious studies and an MA in Biblical Studies and Medieval Jewish Philosophy from the University of Virginia. He was ordained at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and served in congregations in Greenbelt, Maryland and Chestnut Ridge, New York before coming to Congregation Bnai Israel, Millburn, New Jersey in 1989. He is the author (with Francine Hirschman) of Teens & Trust: Building Bridges in Jewish Education (Torah Aura), Rachel & Mischa (Kar-Ben Copies, with Ilene Strauss), And You Shall Teach Them Diligently to Your Children: Transmitting Jewish Values from Generation to Generation (Town House Press, with Naomi Eisenberger). He authored the Ziv/Giraffe Values Curriculum (Righteous Persons Foundation) and as Co founder of Ikkar Publishing has written over 50 curricula in use in over 800 schools and educational institutions throughout the world. A hospice chaplain, He currently serves as Chair of the Rabbinic Advisory Committee of the Golda Ochs Hebrew Academy, President of the Millburn Clergy Association and is a Chaplain for the Millburn Police Department.