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Background

RABBI

August 2020 - Present          Rabbi         Temple Sholom of OntarioOntario, CA

Officiating at Conservative, United Synagogue-affiliated congregation.  Conducting Shabbat services (currently on Zoom due to Covid restrictions). Teaching Hebrew School and Adult Ed. Torah Study online.  Teaching Miller Course, Introduction to Judaism.

Ordained Rabbi   Independent Congregation/"Shteibel"  Lake Elsinore, CA

September 2019 – August 2020

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.

 

Ordained Rabbi                         Congregation B’nai Chaim    Murrieta, CA

July, 2017 – August, 2019

Lay Rabbi/Religious Leader     Congregation B’nai Chaim    Murrieta, CA

July, 2014 – June, 2017

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  Canyon Lake, CA

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 activities; 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