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


Cantor Roy Einhorn


Rabbi Matthew Soffer


Rabbi Suzie Jacobson


Rabbi Jen Gubitz


Senior Scholar

Rabbi Bernard H. Mehlman

Rabbi Mehlman headshot

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 Mehlman has actively participated in a long list of communal activities, including but not limited to being Chair of the Jewish Community Relations Committee of Boston’s Committee on Interfaith Relations, Adjunct Professor at Brandeis University, and President of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Alumni Association. Rabbi Mehlman served as Vice President of the Central Conference of American Rabbis from 2005-2006, and was part of the Editorial Committee of “Mishkan Tefila” from 2005-2007.

As Senior Scholar, Rabbi Mehlman continues to play an important role in our community, from study to life cycle events.

Rabbi Emeritus

Rabbi Ronne Friedman

Ronne Friedman

Rabbi Ronne Friedman is a native of Washington, D.C. and served as the Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel of Boston from 1999 – 2016. Previously, Rabbi Friedman served North Shore Congregation Israel in Glencoe, Illinois and Temple Beth Zion of Buffalo, NY. 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. He was awarded a Doctorate (honoris causa) from the same institution in 2000. Rabbi Friedman currently serves on the Joint Placement Commission of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, the Central Conference of American Rabbis and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, which he chaired for 15 years and as a member of the Reform Pension Board. He also served as a member of the Board of the CCAR for 18 years and chaired the Joint Rabbinic Placement Commission of the Reform Movement (URJ, CCAR and HUC-JIR) for 15 years and served for many years as a member of the UAHC’s (now URJ) Commission of Synagogue Affiliation. His service on national and regional boards has included the National Conference for Community and Justice (formerly the National Conference of Christians and Jews), The Central Conference of American Rabbis, The American Jewish Committee (N.E. Region), The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston and Meretz. He has also taught as Adjunct Clinical Faculty for the H.U.C.-J.I.R. For the past fifteen years, he was the host of a monthly television show, Jewish Perspective, which aired on Boston’s WHDH (Boston’s NBC affiliate). Rabbi Friedman has been actively and passionately engaged in the work of Jewish Education, the pursuit of Social Justice, the resettlement of Southeast Asian and Soviet Jewish immigrants, efforts to establish Equal Marriage in Massachusetts and to ensure the full inclusion of GLBTQ Jews and their families in the larger Jewish and secular community and the establishment of Interfaith Dialogue. His interest in the use of the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory has led him to create workshops and programs using the MBTI as a tool for teambuilding. He has been married to Irene (Neumann) Friedman since 1972 and they are the parents of two sons, Zachary and Jesse (z’l).

Recommended Reading

suggestions from our clergy

Past Senior Rabbis

Joseph Sachs

Joshua Loth Liebman

Joseph Shoninger

Abraham J. Klausner

Solomon Schindler

Roland B. Gittelsohn

Charles Fleischer

Bernard H. Mehlman

Harry Levi

Ronne Friedman

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