My Service To You
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.
WORSHIP WITH MODERN RABBI STEPHEN
Here to Serve All Your Spiritual Needs
all of Southwest Riverside County, CA
As a Rabbi, I work with people to facilitate all life cycles events:
Conversions (Full Process)
I can help make your event memorable and special. Please contact and let's plan a wonderful time.
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.
"Who is mighty? One who subdues their passions"
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.
September 2019 – Present 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.
-Studied Talmud for 5 years as part of “Daf Yomi” program. Currently still involved in Talmud study. Have read about 50 of the Artscroll Talmud Series (70%)
-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
July, 2007 - June, 2012 Congregation Lake Shalom Canyon Lake, CA
Co-lead lay congregation for “Conservadox” congregation. Participated in leading Shabbat and Holiday services, including reading Torah and Haftorah. Also conducted periodic Sunday-morning themed Talmud studies on various topics such as the Role of Women and Astrology.
June, 1999 - June 2007 Congregation B’nai Chaim 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/Saturday morning junior congregation.
February, 1986 - December, 1991 Served on nursing staff of psychiatric facility. Individual and group counseling; activities; assistant charge nurse. Worked with variety of population demographics - adolescent behavior and chemical dependency; adult chemical dependency; eating disorders; personality disorders including multiple personality disorders; psychotic and delusional disorders.
Ordination, Rabbi and Teacher Rabbinical Seminary International, New York, NY
MBA, Business Management University of Redlands, Redlands, CA
BA, Psychology State University of New York, College at Oswego
AS, Psychiatric Technolgy Saddleback Community College, Mission Viejo, CA