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.
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
Cantor Roy B. Einhorn recently celebrated his 36th year here at Temple Israel. 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 coordinates our B’nei Mitzvah Program and our music program as well as teaches in the Frances Jacobson Early Childhood Center, the Religious School, and The Tent. Cantor Einhorn’s experience at TI has been deeply enriched by the opportunities to be with our families for all life cycle events and in pastoral moments during times of illness.
Cantor Einhorn is the clergy liaison to the Marilyn and Mike Grossman Caring Community (now known as TI Cares). TI Cares reaches out to families following a loss, and to families after a birth or adoption. TI Cares sends gifts to our college age students during Chanukah and to our seniors on Purim.
Cantor Einhorn also serves as the clergy liaison 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.
For the past 14 years, Cantor Einhorn has been a member of the Joint Cantorial Placement Commission (JCPC). This national commission has representatives from the URJ, 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.
Cantor Einhorn earned his Doctor of Music from the Hebrew Union College on April 30, 2008. Together with his wife, Cantor Jodi Sufrin of Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, Cantor Einhorn has two daughters, Laura and Jessica, and is now thrilled to have the name of Poppy as the grandfather to his grandson, Kai.
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
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 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.
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Past Senior Rabbis
Joshua Loth Liebman1939-1948
Abraham J. Klausner1949-1953
Roland B. Gittelsohn1953-1977
Bernard H. Mehlman1977-1999
- 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