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 Shohama announced that she will transition as Rabbi Emerita as of December 1, 2019.
Rabbi David Markus is North America’s only pulpit rabbi also to hold an oath office, weaving spiritual and secular while staying fully faithful to both. Rabbi David is a prominent educator, serving on the rabbinics faculty of the Academy for Jewish Religion and spiritual direction faculty of ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, where he also served as co-chair of the umbrella organization for the Jewish Renewal legacy of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z”l. The congregation unanimously promoted Rabbi David to Senior Rabbi effective July 1, 2019.
Rabbi Shohama and Rabbi David bring 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.