On Thursday, January 4, Deval L. Patrick made history as the first African-American to be inaugurated the governor of Massachusetts, and only the second of any state in American history. Our own Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Founding Director of Just Congregations, gave the invocation (which was quoted by the New York Times).
Rabbi Stephanie Kolin, of Temple Israel in Boston is a native of New York City. She is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Brandeis University, and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Rabbi Kolin was ordained at Hebrew Union College in New York. As a rabbinical student she helped create the Jewish Funds for Justice Rabbinical Student Fellowship for Leadership in Public Life.
Rabbi Eric Gurvis
Rabbi Eric Gurvis became Senior Rabbi of Temple Shalom on July 19, 1999. His rabbinic career spans over 20 years including synagogues in New York City, Jackson, Mississippi, and Teaneck, New Jersey before coming to Temple Shalom.
Rabbi David Adelson is the spiritual leader of East End Temple and brings a unique, caring background through his pastoral work, expertise and interest in all phases of Temple life. His personal impact is felt at Shabbat Services, Religious School, Youth and Adult Education programs.
Rabbi Larry Bach has served at Temple Mount Sinai in El Paso, TX since July 1998. In addition to his commitment to the young adults and families, and the musical life of the congregation, Rabbi Bach has pioneered synagogue participation in community organizing,helping to find the organization Border Interfaith in 1999.
Rabbi Joshua Davidson is the Senior Rabbi of Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester. He is president of the Westchester Board of Rabbis, immediate past president of the Chappaqua Interfaith Council, and Chaplain of the New Castle Fire Department. From 2001-2006, he served as Chair of the Central Conference of American Rabbis' Committee on Justice, Peace and Religious Liberties and Vice-Chair of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism. Currently he chairs the Commission's task force on Israel and World Affairs.
Director of Lifelong Learning Temple Sinai Pittsburgh, PA
Rabbi Ronald Symons was ordained as Rabbi by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), New York, in 1994. He holds a BA degree in Judaic Studies and Hebrew from the State University of New York at Albany; an MA in Hebrew Literature from HUC-JIR, New York; and an MS degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Pace University, White Plains, NY. His studies included one year of undergraduate work at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the first year of Rabbinic School at the Jerusalem campus of HUC-JIR.
Rabbi Symons studies and experiences earned him the title of Reform Jewish Educator (RJE) granted by the academic, professional and congregational institutions of the Reform Movement. In the summer of 1999, he was included as one of 21 "Heroes of Jewish Education" in a national survey by the Jewish Forward.
Ron is a graduate of the Day School Leadership Training Institute of the Jewish Theological Seminary and the AviChai Foundation. He was fortunate to be trained by the Mandel Foundation in their Teacher Educator Institute. His work through the Melton Center of the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Progressive Association of Reform Day Schools has provided him with opportunities to collaborate with talented educators on curriculum development and institutional advancement around the country.
Rabbi Ronald Stern is originally from Morristown, New Jersey. He graduated cum laude from the University of Rochester and was ordained at Hebrew Union College in New York. He also attended HUC in Los Angeles. Rabbi Stern joined the clergy staff at Stephen S. Wise Temple in 1998 after serving as Associate Rabbi at Temple Ahavat Shalom in Northridge.
Rabbi Donald Goor is Senior Rabbi of Temple Judea in Tarzana, CA. He grew up in San Diego, California, as the son of a rabbi, and graduated the University of California at Berkeley. In 1987, he was ordained at the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. Rabbi Goor then joined Temple Judea, where he has reinvigorated worship services with new approaches that have brought Jewish traditions to life and have drawn people of all ages to pray and celebrate community together.
Associate Rabbi Paula Marcus has served Temple Beth El in Aptos, CA, since 1979. She was ordained as a Rabbi and received her MA in Hebrew letters in May, 2004 by the Academy for Jewish Religion in Los Angeles. Rabbi Paula received her BA in Judaic studies from SUNY at Binghamton. Involved in all aspects of the congregation, Rabbi Paula has served on the Regional Strategy Team for COPA, the local CBCO.
Rabbi London has served at Beth
Emet since July 2000 and will become the congregations senior rabbi in July
2010. At Beth Emet, Rabbi London has worked to strengthen ties to Israel
and to build bridges between Chicago-area Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Since
2007, Rabbi London has led Beth Emets participation in community organizing.
Rabbi Dara Frimmer is an Assistant Rabbi at Temple Isiah in Los Angeles. Her work centers on building a strong social action/social justice program for the Temple, including community. and overseeing committees, volunteers, leaders, and membership. She is a graduate of Stanford University and the Harvard Divinity School, and was ordained at Hebrew Union College in New York.
Rabbi Kenneth Chasen became the Senior Rabbi of Leo Baeck Temple in
2003. Prior to joining Leo Baeck Temple, he served as the Associate
Rabbi of Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, New York, where his
tenure was marked by significant innovation in the areas of religious
worship and lifelong Jewish education.
Rabbi Daniel Gropper is the spiritual leader of Community Synagogue in Rye where he has served since 2003. Ordained in 1998 from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York , Rabbi Gropper served congregations in California and Massachusetts and interned at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale. He holds a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters and another in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Jewish Education . Long having a passion for education and youth, Rabbi Gropper served as camp rabbi at various Jewish summer camps and now is on faculty at the URJ Eisner Camp. He also serves on the URJs National Youth Commission and Commission for Lifelong Learning. Rabbi Gropper has strong commitments to Israel having led four congregational trips and serves on the board of ARZA and as the chair of its travel committee. Locally, he sits on the board of trustees of the Rye Youth Council and is a founding member of the Rye Clergy Association. In addition, he is a Board member of Kavod a Tzedakah collective funding programs to help others live in dignity and honor. He and his wife Tamara reside in Harrison, New York with their sons Elijah & Shai and their daughter Noa.