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Marc Katz PhotoRabbi Marc Katz

Rabbi Marc Katz is the Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Beth Elohim and director of Brooklyn Jews.  Originally from Barrington, RI, Marc received a B.A. from Tufts University.  At Tufts, he studied comparative Religion while serving as the captain of his college swim team.  Before entering rabbinical school, Marc worked as a Legislative Assistant for the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.  At Congregation Beth Elohim, Marc teaches a weekly adult Torah study on Shabbat, directs Noar, CBE’s new evening High School program, leads services, conducts weddings and oversees a host of other programs and activities for Brooklyn Jews, including Shabbat Dinners, a Shabbat Basketball league, holiday programming and more. He can often be found exploring Prospect Park and eating at the host of Thai restaurants in the neighborhood. 

Jim Stoloff PhotoRabbi Jim Stoloff

Rabbi Stoloff graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Memphis in 2008 and was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in June, 2013 and that July 1 began his rabbinate as Assistant Rabbi at Temple Israel of the City of New York. Part of Rabbi Stoloff's portfolio is working with NYConnect, Temple Israel’s 20s and 30s group. NYConnect aims to network young professionals living and working in New York City. We meet for informal gatherings every month, to celebrate holidays, enjoy meals, and generally go out and have a good time.

Michael White PhotoRabbi Michael White

Rabbi Michael White has been Senior Rabbi of Temple Sinai of Roslyn for 17 years. Working together with several young adults in his congregation, Sinai in the City was formed 6 years ago and contains a membership of over 120 people. Sinai in the City holds several events a year, including discussions and museum visits on Jewish themes, Shabbat dinners and services, social action projects and mentoring evenings with Temple Sinai's teenagers.

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Rabbi Elizabeth Wood

Rabbi Elizabeth Wood has had the pleasure of working as the Associate Rabbi Educator at the Reform Temple of Forest Hills (RTFH) for the last 4 years. Her work in areas of outreach and engagement brings her into contact with a broad swath of the community, from young families and teens to the 20s and 30s population, and with the unaffiliated Jews in Queens. She is involved in all aspects of synagogue life, but with a particular twist on making sure that members and non-members feel engaged in what they get to do, Jewishly, both inside and outside of the synagogue.

The 20s and 30s community at RTFH is mostly comprised of unaffiliated members, many of whom are also recent converts to Judaism. Rabbi Wood works to integrate young adults into a variety of areas of the synagogue and to create fun and engaging young adult-specific opportunities for individuals of various ages and life stages across the community.

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Rabbi Ben Zeidman

Rabbi Ben Zeidman is Assistant Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El of the City of New York. Temple Emanu-El’s young adult community is called Saviv – a Hebrew word suggesting the circular and cyclical nature of Jewish life. With regular Shabbat and holiday gatherings, volunteer opportunities, and the chance to network and hang out, there are so many ways to get involved. Our goal is to be a community for those in their 20s and 30s who seek to explore authentic, progressive Jewish tradition and practice in an open, inviting atmosphere.