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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

Innovation in ritual and prayer, profound engagement in social action, leadership, scholarship and a palpable love of Jewish life are hallmarks of Rabbi Elaine Zecher’s rabbinate.   As the senior rabbi of Temple Israel of Boston, she leads the largest congregation in New England, forging close personal relationships within the congregation and the larger community.

Rabbi Zecher is outspoken on matters of justice and liberty, a tireless worker in interfaith partnerships, and an advocate of progressive legislation and policy. She is noted as well for personal warmth, deep humanity, quick wit and humor.  She is an engaging teacher who makes scholarship accessible and engaging.

Active as well in the national Reform Jewish movement, she was instrumental in developing new prayer books for Shabbat and weekdays, as well as the Machzor, which is used on the High Holidays.  Additionally, she served as Vice President for Leadership of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR).

A graduate of Brandeis University, she was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1988.  She is married to Dr. David Eisenberg and has three adult children.

Cantor Alicia Stillman

Cantor

Cantor Alicia Stillman is happily returning to Boston, where all the delicious tidbits of city life vibrantly await. A native New Yorker, Alicia received her training and was ordained in 2013 at the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music of the Hebrew Union College. She has an extensive background in theater and music, and holds a master’s degree from HUC as well as a Bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University, after which she performed professionally in such theater favorites as Fiddler on the Roof, Grease, Annie, 1940’s Radio Hour, Into the Woods, and The Threepenny Opera.

Almost 20 years ago, following the birth of her oldest son, Ben, she sought a different kind of ‘opening night’ moving her passions to the childbirth world, becoming a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and Certified Doula, supporting mothers and families through that wonderful and delicate time of pregnancy and birth. Having had her second son, Coby in Florida saw a merging of her passions: supporting families, Judaism, and music. She began her Jewish professional life teaching music and Judaic Enrichment at the JCC of the Greater Palm Beaches and energizing their Shalom Baby welcome program, which quickly blossomed into a Parenting Center and ‘Tot’ Shabbat services throughout the community. Over time, this lead to a wonderful partnership with the 92nd Street Y, where she now mentors, bringing their popular inter-generational Shabbaba program to her youngest member families.

Rabbi Dan Slipakoff

Please join us in welcoming Rabbi Dan Slipakoff to the Temple Israel community! Rabbi Slipakoff grew up in Philadelphia where he was very active in the Reform movement. He attended the URJ Camp Harlam where he met his wife, Alison. After studying at University of Pittsburgh for his undergraduate degree in Religious Studies, he went on to earn a Master of Social Work before entering HUC-JIR.

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.

Cantor Roy Einhorn

Cantor Emeritus

Cantor Roy B. Einhorn served as Cantor of Temple Israel from 1983-2020. He came to our synagogue after graduating from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion’s Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music in 1983. Cantor Einhorn coordinated our B’nei Mitzvah Program and our music program as well as taught in the Frances Jacobson Early Childhood Center, the Religious School, and The Tent. Cantor Einhorn was the clergy liaison to the Marilyn and Mike Grossman Caring Community (now known as TI Cares) and to Temple Israel’s Green Team. Known as TI’s “recycler” he has been a strong advocate for changes to lower the carbon footprint of Temple Israel and the homes of our congregants.

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
  • Matthew V. Soffer, 2010-2019