Meet our Rabbi Candidates

Rabbi Ilyse Kramer, January 8th & 9th

Friday Evening Shabbat: 6pm - 7:15
Saturday Morning Services: 10am - 11:30 (Rabbi Kramer will give the d'var Torah)

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Rabbi Ilyse Kramer currently serves as Gesher Director, Lifelong Learning at Beth El Temple and Chisuk Emuna Congregation, Harrisburg, PA (Conservative). She has extensive experience in Jewish education for children and adults and has also taught in academic environments at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her duties include leading Shabbat and holiday services using traditional and creative davening styles, and giving divrei Torah. She received rabbinic ordination and a Master of Hebrew Letters from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, PA, and an M.A. in Foundations of Education from Temple University in Philadelphia. Her studies also have included an educational fellowship at the Melton Center for Jewish Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Rabbi Kramer resides in Columbia, MD. She states: “I bring…a warmth and passion for living Jewish life in its myriad of traditional and creative possibilities; an openness and capacity to welcome people in community wherever they personally might be on their journey; a genuine interest in placing relationships and pastoral care at the core of one’s rabbinate—and, much success at working with all ages of people in a collaborative fashion.”

Rabbi Mitchell Levine, January 15th & 16th

Friday Evening Shabbat: 6pm - 7:15
Saturday Morning Services: 10am - 11:30 (Rabbi Levine will give the d'var Torah)

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Rabbi Mitchell Levine most recently served as Senior Rabbi of Congregation Agudas Achim (Conservative) in Bexley, OH, and is currently the congregation’s Educator in Residence, working with adults and children. He previously headed the Jewish Community Day School of Columbus. Prior to his tenure in Ohio, Rabbi Levine was rabbi at Congregation Beth Sholom in Providence, RI, where he also served as a rabbinic associate at Brown University Hillel and taught at the Providence Hebrew Day School and New England Academy of Torah High School. His rabbinic ordination is from the Chief Rabbinate of the State of Israel and from Rabbis Shlomo Riskin and Chaim Brovender. He has also studied at the Pardes Institute and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and was a Fellow at the Day School Leadership Training Institute of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Rabbi Levine grew up in Raleigh, NC and currently resides in Columbus, OH. He states: “As a rabbi and educator, I have an established track record of serving unaffiliated Jewish institutions like CBI. I prioritize community engagement through a strategy of building relationships and designing stimulating educational experiences.”