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Everyone looks for meaning in our lives.  Why?  Because when we feel we have a life’s work—a place in this world—we are more effective as workers, family members and as people.  When we feel we have a purpose in life, we are more effective and become fulfilled.

 

I am an ordained rabbi and I use the medium of Judaism to facilitate a spiritual regeneration that makes people more fulfilled.  My work is to not just lead a person through the various course of the Hebrew calendar and life cycle events, but to relate that to your own feelings of self-esteem and self-worth.  When we enhance our feelings of self-worth, it gives us more confidence to succeed and we lead a more satisfying life.

 

Please join with me in exploring your inner self.  Let’s see how we can use these milestones in life to make you a more self-actualized person who gets more out of life and feels more equipped to handle life’s challenges.

 

My Services For You

All Jewish Life Cycle Events 

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Brit Melah

Baby Naming

Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Weddings

Conversions

Spiritual Counseling

Funerals & Memorials

 

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Traditional & Non-Traditional

Affiliated & Non-Affiliated

Interfaith

Let’s Get Spiritual & Inspired

GET TO KNOW ME

I received S’micha from the transdenominational Rabbinical Seminary International, founded in 1955 by the Hungarian Chasidic Rabbi and Kabbalist Dr. Joseph H. Gelberman. I currently serve the local Jewish community in Southwestern Riverside County, CA and the surrounding areas of Los Angeles, Sandiego and Palm Springs. This, for me, is the pinnacle of my love for Judaism.  Ever since I was young, I had a strong connection to HaShem. This connection ultimately led to become a Rabbi. I have a very strong background in Judaism, having studied the Chumash (both Conservative and Orthodox), Talmud, Kabbalah (The Zohar).  I have been leading services for over 15 years and have facilitated at B'nei Mitzvot and Memorials.  No matter how large or small the event — I officiate ceremonies of all sizes and for every occasion.  My goal is to make your life cycle event one of the most special and wonderful experiences of your life.

 
LEARN ABOUT MY STORY

Leading Our Community in Worship

Ever since I was young, I discovered my strong faith in HaShem and the desire to pursue a life of service to others. As the most esteemed Rabbi in the southwest Riverside County area of Southern California, my religious service offerings were designed to suit everyone’s needs. Whether you’re looking for a certified Rabbi to officiate your next event, or simply want to gain more wisdom and learn about the Divine — I’m your number one source for all your religious needs. Call me today and see what I can do for you.

 
 

Videos

 
Conducting Zoom Services for TSO

Conducting Zoom Services for TSO

Friday Night Service 6/5/20

Friday Night Service 6/5/20

Friday Night Services 6/5/20

Friday Night Services 6/5/20

Friday Night Live

Friday Night Live

Connie Snyder's Funeral

Connie Snyder's Funeral

Shabbat Across America 5780

Shabbat Across America 5780

Wedding

Wedding

Brit Melah

Brit Melah

Signing the Ketubah

Signing the Ketubah

Officiating @ Hanukkiah Lighting

Officiating @ Hanukkiah Lighting

Lauren Weisberg Bat Mitzvah 4

Lauren Weisberg Bat Mitzvah 4

Lauren Weisberg Bat Mitzvah 5

Lauren Weisberg Bat Mitzvah 5

Bat Mitzvah young lady (r podium)

Bat Mitzvah young lady (r podium)

Baby naming

Baby naming

Performing Wedding

Performing Wedding

Rosh HaShannah with student

Rosh HaShannah with student

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Officiating Bar Mitzvah

Officiating Bar Mitzvah

A successful Bat Mitzvah

A successful Bat Mitzvah

Shabbat on the Lake

Shabbat on the Lake

Explanations during Bat Mitzvah

Explanations during Bat Mitzvah

Getting Ordained

Getting Ordained

Ordination Certificate

Ordination Certificate

Officiating Bat Mitzvah

Officiating Bat Mitzvah

Leading Sunday morning service

Leading Sunday morning service

Who is Mighty?

One who subdues their passions.      Proverbs 16:32

Hillel [also] used to say: "If I am not for myself, who is for me? But if I am for my own self [only], what am I? And if not now, when?"

Pirkei Avot 1:14

CONTACT RABBI STEPHEN

Rabbi, Serving Southwest Riverside County and all of Southern California

951-526-4012

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Upcoming Events
Kol Nidre/Erev Yom Kippur
Sun, Sep 27
Zoom and Facebook Live
Sep 27, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PDT
Zoom and Facebook Live
We start Yom Kippur with Kol Nidre
Yom Kippur Shachrit (Morning) יום כפר
Mon, Sep 28
Zoom and Facebook Live
Sep 28, 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM PDT
Zoom and Facebook Live
Yom Kippur Morning Service
Yom Kippur Minchah/Neilah (Afternoon) יום כפר
Mon, Sep 28
Zoom and Facebook Live
Sep 28, 4:45 PM – 7:15 PM PDT
Zoom and Facebook Live
Yom Kippur Afternoon Service
Erev Sukkot I/ סוּכּוֹת Shabbat שבת Services
Fri, Oct 02
Online Zoom
Oct 02, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM PDT
Online Zoom
Erev Sukkot/Shabbat Services held on Zoom. RSVP for links.
Sukkot I/ סוּכּוֹת Shabbat שבת Services
Sat, Oct 03
Online Zoom
Oct 03, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
Online Zoom
Sukkot I/Shabbat Services held on Zoom. RSVP for links.
Erev Sukkot II/ סוּכּוֹת Services
Sat, Oct 03
Online Zoom
Oct 03, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM PDT
Online Zoom
Erev Sukkot II Services held on Zoom. RSVP for links.
Sukkot II/ סוּכּוֹת Services
Sun, Oct 04
Online Zoom
Oct 04, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
Online Zoom
Sukkot II Services held on Zoom. RSVP for links.
Erev Shabbat שבת/Shmini Atzeret / שְׁמִינִי עֲצֶרֶת Services
Fri, Oct 09
Online Zoom
Oct 09, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Online Zoom
We will be holding Erev Shabbat/Shemini Atzeret Services on Zoom RSVP for links.
Simchat Torah / שִׂמְחַת תּוֹרָה Services
Sat, Oct 10
Online Zoom
Oct 10, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
Online Zoom
We will be holding Simchat Torah services on Zoom. RSVP for links.
Shabbat שבת/Shmini Atzeret / שְׁמִינִי עֲצֶרֶת Services
Sat, Oct 10
Online Zoom
Oct 10, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Online Zoom
We will be holding Shabbat/Shemini Atzeret Services on Zoom RSVP for links.
Erev Simchat Torah / שִׂמְחַת תּוֹרָה Services
Sat, Oct 10
Online Zoom
Oct 10, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Online Zoom
We will be holding Simchat Torah services on Zoom. RSVP for links.

My Services To You

All Life Cycle Events:

-Brit Melah/Baby Naming

-B'nai Mitzvot

-Weddings

-Conversions

-Funerals and Memorials

-Spiritual Counseling

Affiliated and Non-Affiliated

Traditional and Non-Traditional

Interfaith

 
 

Background

RABBI

August 2020 - Present          Rabbi                    Temple Sholom of Ontario

September 2019 – Present   Ordained Rabbi   Independent Congregation   Lake Elsinore, CA

Leading independent, non-affiliated Conservative congregation.  Conducting High Holiday and Shabbat services.  Serving the community conducting Life Events for affiliated and non-affiliated, traditional and inter-faith couples.

July, 2017 – August, 2019    Ordained Rabbi     Congregation B’nai Chaim    Murrieta, CA

July, 2014 – June, 2017  Lay Rabbi     Congregation B’nai Chaim    Murrieta, CA

Conducting regular Friday night and Saturday morning services for Conservative Congregation. Services are accompanied by my guitar playing which has lead to other congregants accompanying me playing violin and guitar as well.  I  officiate Family Services once a month in which our students from our school lead the service. Leading High Holiday services chanting appropriate nusach.  Conduct holiday services that fall on New Moon and other holidays.  Able to read directly from Torah scroll.  Familiarity with both Torah and Haftorah cantillations.  Trained four adults in Hebrew and Torah chanting for first all-adult B’nai Mitzvot conducted for Saturday Shabbat Mincha-Ma’ariv.  Have trained numerous B’nai Mitzvot for both traditional Haftorah and Maftir Torah.  Taught Hebrew and Prayers & Torah Classes for Adults.  Currently teaching Hebrew school class for B’nai Mitzvot students.  Have organized many events for synagogue including NJOP’s Shabbat Across America 2019 with Rebbetzin. Active in fund raising for the synagogue. Since I became rabbi two years ago, membership has more than doubled.

-Continuously studying Artscroll (Orthodox) and Soncino (Conservative) Chumashes.

-Studying Talmud for 15 years as part of “Daf Yomi” program using the Artscroll Talmud Series

-Studied Kabbalah reading Zohar edited by David Matt

-Consistently pray all three services daily including tefillin during secular mornings.

PART OF "BEIT DIN"/RABBINICAL TEAM

September 2007 – June 2012  Co-lead lay congregation for "Conservadox" congregation.  Participated in leading Shabbat and High Holiday services, including reading Torah and Haftorah.  Also conducted periodic Sunday morning themed Talmud studies on various topics such as the Role of Women in Judaism and Astrology.

 

CONGREGATION MEMBER

June 1999 - June 2007    Murrieta, CA  
Served on board for seven years including President of the congregation for two years.  Also assisted rabbi’s in conducting services and substituting during their absences.  Conducted Torah study for adults.  Instituted and led

 once-a-month Shabbat Shachrit junior congregation. 

PSYCHIATRIC TECHNICIAN

February, 1986 -December, 1991 Served on Nursing staff of psychiatric facility.  Individual and group counseling

ctivities; assistant charge nurse.  Worked with variety of demographics: adolescent behavior and chemical dependency; adult chemical dependency; eating disorders; personality disorders including multiple personality disorders; psychotic and delusional disorders.

EDUCATION

 

Rabbinical Ordination, Rabbinical Seminary International, New York, NY  June 2017

MBA, Business Management    University of Redlands, Redlands, CA

BA, Psychology   State University of New York, College at Oswego

AS, Psychiatric Technology     Saddleback Community College, Mission Viejo, CA

 
 
 

Address

Lake Elsinore, Riverside County, CA 92532 USA

Serving San Bernardino and Riverside Counties and All of Southern California

Contact

951-526-4012

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