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Rabbi Barth - Visited February 23rd to 25th
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Rabbi Samuel Barth believes deeply in the congregation as the place where Jewish souls, hearts and minds are connected; connected with each other, and with God. Currently serving as the Interim Rabbi for Beth Israel Center in Madison WI, Rabbi Barth has served communities in Brooklyn, Austin, TX and Gloucester MA. He is known for a calm presence, a deep commitment to pastoral presence whenever needed, and for creative programs that engage existing members of all ages, and bring in new families and individuals.
“Rabbi Sami” has created programs for families with young children sitting on the Bimah singing and telling stories, and has taught classic rabbinic texts to members with deeper background in text study. He has taken teens kayaking on the ocean to hear the shofar and been rabbinic leader of a family journey to Israel. Interest in music and the arts have led to a summer festival of Jewish Arts, and to a major Foundation grant to explore music in community life.
Rabbi Israel - Survey Closed
Rabbi Israel and his family visited us during the weekend of February 9th to the 11th.
Rabbi Marc Israel currently serves as the Associate Rabbi at Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El in Wynnewood, PA. In addition to his pulpit responsibilities, he also directs all religious educational programs. During Rabbi Israel's tenure, the religious school enrollment increased by 30% and he led the efforts to create a consolidated Hebrew high school program for the four Conservative congregations on the Main Line. Additionally, he is the primary staff member working with the synagogue's Inclusion Committee, which aims to make every aspect of the congregation more accessible to people with disabilities. Rabbi Israel regularly presents at regional and national Conservative movement programs on topics such as Disability Inclusion, Reinvigorating your Friday Night Service and Integrating Day School Families in Synagogue Life. He spends time each summer at Camp Ramah in the Poconos and has been the head of the Ropes Course at Camp Ramah in New England for most of the past 10 summers.
Prior to his move to Philadelphia from the Washington, DC area, Rabbi Israel served for 8 years as the Rabbi Educator at Ohr Kodesh Congregation in Chevy Chase, MD. Previously, Rabbi Israel worked for the Union for Reform Judaism to engage college students in Jewish life on campus and help strengthen synagogue social action. In addition to running programs for over a thousand students each year, he served as contributing editor for Packing for College: Where Does Judaism Fit?, a curriculum for high school students preparing for Jewish life on campus, and as editor of Lirdof Tzedek: A Guide to Synagogue Social Action (UAHC Press, 2001).
Ordained a rabbi by HUC-JIR in 1998, Rabbi Israel is also a graduate of the University of Michigan where he earned a BA in Political Science. Since joining the Conservative Movement’s Rabbinical Assembly in 2007, Rabbi Israel has been a member of its Social Action Commission, co-chair of the 2013 Resolutions Committee and is currently the treasurer for the Philadelphia regional cluster. He also has served as a regional president for the Jewish Educators Assembly.
Rabbi Israel is married to Abbey Frank, Associate Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Philadelphia. They have three children, Elianna (17), Micah (14), and Oren (11), all of whom are students at Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy.
Rabbi Weintraub - Survey Closed
Rabbi Weintraub and his family visited us for the weekend of February 2nd to the 4th.
Rabbi Philip Weintraub, Board Certified Chaplain, inspires communities to greater participation, create deep connections, and discover the holiness in life. Using extensive pastoral skills and training, he meets people where they are, listens to their stories, and helps them grow their Jewish journeys. Working across the generations, Rabbi Weintraub brings people to love their faith, to celebrate what makes them unique, and to find the power of our holy traditions. The rabbinate is about relationships.
"Whether in shul, chaplaincy, or in the community, I believe the Jewish world is best served one on one. Inspiration comes not just from the pulpit, but from speaking truth, being a mentsch , and recognizing the Divine Spark, the holiness in each one of us. In every human interaction, I strive to remember and remind that we are all created B'tzelem Elohim, in the image of the Holy One."
You can see much more about Rabbi Weintraub on his own website: www.rabbiweintraub.com