Rabbi Diamond was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 1, 1955.
On August 15, 2010, Rabbi Diamond became the first Rabbi of Congregation B’nai Sholom-Beth David at Temple B’nai Sholom of Rockville Centre. He attended Public School, and Hebrew School at Temple Shalom of Philadelphia. His high school years were spent at Northeast High School in Philadelphia, and beginning in 1969 at the Talmudical Academy of Baltimore. he graduated with honors in 1972 and went on to Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore. At the same time, he attended Johns Hopkins University in that city. in addition, he studied at University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business. He attended from State University at Stony Brook, Long Island where he specialized in comparative studies, encompassing philosophy, biology and religious studies. he received his Rabbinic Ordination from the Orthodox Bet Din of Israel, and Yeshiva Tiferes Yisroel in 1993.
During his years as a student, he met and married Francine Marks; they have been married for 28 years and have seven children (six girls and one boy). Rabbi Diamond has had many professional affiliations and has served various temples in Philadelphia and Long Island in different capacities. He has been an adult education instructor, Hebrew School teacher, and has personally tutored scores of students through their Bar and Bat Mitzvah. he has served as the Educational Director of Temple Beth El (North Bellmore), Rabbi of Tiffereth Israel Synagogue (Greenport), Chaplain for the Fire Department (Village of Lynbrook) and Principal of Central Hebrew High School (Oceanside). He was the Rabbi of Congregation Beth David of Lynbrook since 1998, where he has spearheaded the exciting revitalization and rapid growth in membership of the 82 year-old institution. He re-established the Hebrew School, organized and led the first adult Bat Mitzvah class in the history of the synagogue, and created a number of ongoing children’s and teen programs, as well as many new educational, spiritual and cultural special events.
Cantor Daniel Mendelson, a tenor, who is the son of Cantors Jack and Fredda Mendelson. Naturally, he grew up around cantorial music (hazzanut) and opera. Cantor Mendelson has sung in Jewish concerts across the United States and Europe. He has performed cantorial duties at High Holiday services for over 10 years. He is featured in the movie about his dad, A Cantor’s Tale and the CDs Birthday of the World Part I with Leonard Nimoy narrating, and Hazzonos with Frank London, as well as “Further Definitions of the Days of Awe” with The Afro-Semitic Experience. Cantor Mendelson graduated from New York City’s School of Visual Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film/Video Directing. His short film Rehearsing was nominated for Best Film and Best Director at the 2006 Dusty Awards. His documentary Voice Teacher was featured at the Syracuse International Film Festival, the Louisville Film Festival, and the “World Eye” Jewish Film Festival in Ashkelon, Israel.