Our Clergy

Temple Beth-El’s rabbinic team features two heart-centered rabbis who are prominent visionaries in Jewish spirituality.

Rabbi Shohama Wiener was the first female president of any Jewish seminary in history, the Academy for Jewish Religion in New York, and also served for 15 years as Rosh Hashpa’ah (Head of Spiritual Direction) and member of the Vaad (Academic Council) for the ALEPH Ordination Programs.  Under Rabbi Shohama, Temple Beth El became a “training synagogue” for the renewal of Judaism.

Rabbi David Markus is North America’s only pulpit rabbi also to hold an oath office, weaving the spiritual and secular while staying faithful to both.  Rabbi David is a prominent educator, writer and administrator who co-chaired ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, umbrella organization for the Jewish Renewal legacy of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z”l.

Today Rabbi Shohama and Rabbi David co-lead Temple Beth El’s rabbinic team, bringing together strands of Jewish spirituality and practice — tradition and innovation, words and music, text and dance, sound and silence, mitzvah and mysticism — to enrich community life in all its forms.

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