Our Story

“Prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud. Somebody who may not look like you. Black, white, Asian, Spanish-speaking, Native American, gay, straight, everybody. May not call God the same name you call God — if they call God at all. I may not dance your dances or speak your language. But be a blessing to somebody.” – Dr. Maya Angelou, Poet/Author/Legend

Our Story

Kleinberg Funeral Services founder and managing director Steven J. Kleinberg has dedicated his career to service: as a funeral director, United States Air Force veteran, DMORT federal disaster team mortuary officer, recognized lifesaver, and City of New York Fire Department [FDNY] Rescue Paramedic.

Steve moved to the New York City area in 1999 and became affiliated with funeral establishments in Manhattan and Queens. In 2004, he co-founded and co-operated Eternal Light Funeral Directors of New York located in the Sheepshead Bay section of Brooklyn. Steve’s longstanding business relationship came to an end in December 2018, when he decided it was time to create his own firm.

Steve’s childhood dream was to become a paramedic. In 2005, he realized his dream when he was hired by the Fire Department City of New York (FDNY) as an Emergency Medical Technician [EMT]. Through continual training, hard work, and perseverance, Steve eventually earned the elite credential of Rescue Paramedic. Steve worked two full-time jobs: as a funeral director and FDNY Rescue Paramedic until he retired from the fire department in August 2020.

In March 2019, Steve established his professional roots closer to home, on the south shore of Long Island, as sole-proprietor of Kleinberg Funeral Services, Inc. At his new location in Island Park, Steve continues to provide New York City and Long Island families with the qualities he is best known for: highly attentive, personal, and compassionate funeral and cremation services.

Before we opened our doors, Steve considered whether using a Jewish surname would give the perception he only served Jewish families, something he was very experienced with but not wanting to limit himself to. Steve, who is Jewish, has worked for Jewish funeral homes for many years and continues to provide Jewish services would like you to know:

Kleinberg Funeral Services warmly welcomes the opportunity to serve you and your family, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual preference.

The rapid and indiscriminate arrival of COVID-19 in early 2020 quelled Steve’s earlier concerns as families of every complexion from across the Tri-state area contacted Kleinberg Funeral Services. Desperate for assistance, they were greeted with open arms; no one was turned away.

Our core values are best embodied in the words of poet and author Dr. Maya Angelou: “Be a Rainbow in Someone Else’s Cloud.” “Be a blessing to someone else and in return, they may be a blessing to you.”

Kleinberg Funeral Services, Inc.
3930 Long Beach Road, Island Park, NY 11558
Phone: (516) 400-5580

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