Qabbalat Shabbat: Friday, 6:00 p.m. Torah Study: Saturday, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Weekday Minyan: 6:15 p.m.

Our Rabbis & Cantor

At Temple Israel, we are lucky to have an exceptionally talented and dedicated clergy team to teach, inspire, guide, and lead our congregation. Our doors are always open. Whether you are looking for connection, comfort, or an interesting conversation over a cup of coffee, the clergy of Temple Israel look forward to meeting and getting to know you. Click each photo to read more.

Rabbi Elaine Zecher

Senior Rabbi

Rabbi Elaine S. Zecher became Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel of Boston on July 1, 2016. She has served the congregation since 1990 and was the first female rabbi in the history of Temple Israel. She has touched the lives of Temple Israel’s congregants – from the very youngest to our most senior members in many significant and meaningful ways. Rabbi Zecher has been instrumental in adding to the spiritual richness of our congregation. She developed and implemented the Service for the Healing of the Soul. She created the Learner’s Minyan for teaching the fundamentals of the Shabbat Service to adult learners and also “Thank Goodness It’s Shabbat!” to teach our very youngest learners. She initiated Women’s Study Groups and started the Women’s Kallah. Her work reaches beyond the physical boundaries of the synagogue as she has created intergenerational experiences for our young adults and senior members. She has also developed original and innovative worship opportunities at Temple Israel’s High Holiday Services. Rabbi Zecher’s work extends beyond the congregation as she sits on the New England Regional Board of the ADL. She has been instrumental in the development of Mishkah T’filah, the Reform Jewish Movement’s  prayerbook for Shabbat, weekdays and festivals and the new Machzor, Mishkan HaNefesh. She is a Vice President for Leadership of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) and serves as the Chair of the Machzor Advisory Group. She served on the Board of a new Jewish startup called Tzedek America-a gap year program based in Los Angeles. Rabbi Zecher received a Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2013 and was ordained from HUC-JIR in 1988. Upon her ordination she became Program Director and Jewish Resource Director at the Striar Jewish Community Center in Stoughton. She grew up in Monroeville, Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Brandeis University. Rabbi Zecher is married to David M. Eisenberg. They have three children: Jacob, Benjamin, and Naomi.

Cantor Roy Einhorn

Cantor

Cantor Roy B. Einhorn recently celebrated his 31st year here at Temple Israel. He came to our synagogue after graduating from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion’s (HUC-JIR) School of Sacred Music in 1983. Cantor Einhorn coordinates the our B’nei Mitzvah Program and teaches in the Frances Jacobson Early Childhood Center, the Religious School, and Teen Education. Cantor Einhorn has produced Shabbat and Passover CD’s that are used in our community as educational tools.

Under Cantor Einhorn’s guidance of the Marilyn and Mike Grossman Caring Community (now known as TI Cares), families are now receiving calls of comfort following a loss, messages of congratulations following a birth or adoption, college students are receiving Chanukah treats, and seniors are the recipients of Purim Mishloach Manot gift packages prepared by the TI Cares team. TI Cares and the TI Technology group launched the Community Google group to nurture relationships and communication among our membership.

For the past ten years, Cantor Einhorn has been a member of the Joint Cantorial Placement Commission. This national commission has representatives from the Union of Reform Judaism, the Hebrew Union College and the American Conference of Cantors. The JCPC establishes policies and procedures while overseeing the placement process for congregations employing cantors.

Rabbi Matt Soffer

Rabbi Matthew V. Soffer was ordained as a graduate of the New York Campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, having previously served as a Rabbinic Intern here at TI. He has enjoyed a distinguished career as a student and student rabbi, having graduated from Muhlenberg College as a Phi Beta Kappa and having been awarded academic prizes at HUC in Halakhic Literature, Midrash and Hebrew, Liturgy and the prestigious 3-year Tisch Fellowship, which provides curricular enrichment in the fields of Congregational Studies, Personal Theology and Contemporary Religion in North America.

Rabbi Suzie Jacobson

Rabbi Suzie Jacobson serves as Education Director at Temple Israel, a community that has long been her home. Before receiving rabbinic ordination and an MA in Jewish education from Hebrew College, she served in numerous roles at TI including: Rabbinic Intern, Community Organizer, Curriculum Writer, and educator in the Religious School and teen program. Her experience with Jewish education has been rounded out by her roles as education director at Temple Beth Zion in Brookline, curriculum director at BBYO’s teen summer program “Kallah,” and curriculum consultant and trainer for Keshet, a national organization working for full inclusion of LGBT Jews in Jewish life.

Rabbi Jen Gubitz

Rabbi Jen Gubitz is deeply honored to join the Temple Israel clergy team and is most excited to connect to young professionals as Director of the Riverway Project. Ordained at HUC-JIR in New York in May 2012, Rabbi Gubitz was a Bonnie and Daniel Tisch Rabbinic Fellow and served congregations in Mahwah, NJ, Steubenville, OH, Palo Alto, CA, and Congregation Beth Elohim’s Brooklyn Jews community for young professionals. She trained in chaplaincy at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center which led to her rabbinic thesis entitled “Helping Jewish Children Live with Death.”

RABBI BERNARD MEHLMAN

Senior Scholar

Rabbi Mehlman was ordained from Hebrew Union College in 1963 and began his rabbinic practice as a United States Army Chaplain at Fort Hood, Texas and Frankfurt, West Germany. His first pulpit position was as Assistant Rabbi at Temple Shaaray Tefila in New York, from 1965-1967, which was followed by becoming Rabbi at Temple Micah in Washington, D.C. During his time as Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel (1978-1999), Rabbi Mehlman was the moderator of The Jewish Perspective on WHDH-TV, Channel 7.

RABBI Ronne Friedman

Rabbi Emeritus

Rabbi Ronne Friedman served as the Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel of Boston (1999 – 2016) and has served North Shore Congregation Israel in Glencoe, Illinois and Temple Beth Zion of Buffalo, NY as well. He graduated with a B.A. with distinction in English Literature from Lafayette College in 1969, and received his Masters of Arts in Hebrew Literature from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion from which he was ordained in 1975.

Recommended Reading

suggestions from our clergy

Past Senior Rabbis

Joseph Sachs
1854-1856

Joshua Loth Liebman
1939-1948

Joseph Shoninger
1856-1874

Abraham J. Klausner
1949-1953

Solomon Schindler
1874-1894

Roland B. Gittelsohn
1953-1977

Charles Fleischer
1894-1911

Bernard H. Mehlman
1977-1999

Harry Levi
1911-1939

Ronne Friedman
1999-2016

Past Clergy

  • Samuel Wolk, 1923-1929
  • Lawrence W. Schwartz, 1929-1930
  • Beryl D. Cohon, 1930-1939
  • Leo. A. Bergman, 1940-1942
  • David B. Alpert, 1943-1946
  • Albert A. Goldman, 1946-1948
  • Irving A. Mandel, 1948-1950
  • Earl A. Grollman, 1950-1951
  • Maurice L. Zigmund, 1951-1954
  • Leon A. Jick, 1954-1957
  • Robert W. Shapiro, 1957-1960
  • Charles A. Kroloff, 1960-1963
  • Harvey J. Fields, 1963-1968
  • Larry J. Halpern, 1967-1970
  • Frank M. Waldorf, 1968-1971
  • Paul J. Menitoff, 1970-1973
  • James B. Rosenberg, 1971-1974
  • Murray Simon (Cantor), 1972-1983
  • Paul J. Citrin, 1974-1983
  • Ronne Friedman, 1978-1994
  • Jeffrey A. Perry-Marx, 1983-1985
  • William L. Berkowitz, 1985-1990
  • Ruth Alpers, 1994-1999
  • Jonah D. Pesner, 1999-2006
  • Stephanie Kolin, 2006-2010
  • Jeremy Morrison, 2001-2016