Clergy Advisory Council

Meet our advisory council

Advisory Council

Cantor Nancy Abramson

New York, NY

Cantor Nancy Abramson is director of the H. L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music of The Jewish Theological Seminary. She trains future hazzanim in prayer, nusah (the sacred music of prayer), and religious leadership She...

Rabbi Lester Bronstein

White Plains, NY

Rabbi Lester Bronstein has served as the Rabbi at Bet Am Shalom in White Plains New York since 1989. A native of Texas, Rabbi Bronstein has a Bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a Master’s in Education from Boston University...

Cantor Jack Chomsky

Tel Aviv, Israel

Cantor Jack Chomsky served Congregation Tifereth Israel of Columbus, Ohio for his entire career – from 1982 to 2020. Cantor Chomsky was co-founder and director of KOLEINU, the Jewish Community Chorus of Columbus, and a leading activist...

Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Ph.D

Los Angeles, CA

Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Ph.D is American Jewish University’s Rector and Sol & Anne Dorff Distinguished Service Professor in Philosophy at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. For more than thirty years as a Visiting Professor, he has...

Rabbi Amy Eilberg

St. Paul, MN

Rabbi Amy Eilberg is the first woman ordained as a Conservative rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. She currently serves as the director of the Pardes Rodef Shalom (Pursuer of Peace) Communities Program, helping...

Rabbi John Friedman

Durham, NC

Rabbi Friedman led Judea Reform Congregation for more than 30 years until he retired in 2015. He was born in Kansas City, and he studied at the Hebrew Union College — Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem and Cincinnati, where he...

Rabbi Dr. David M. Gordis

Albany, NY

Dr. David M. Gordis is President Emeritus of Hebrew College, founding Director of The National Center on Jewish Policy Studies and founder of the Interreligious Center on Public Life. Over the 15 years of his leadership, Hebrew College...

Rabbi Arthur Green

Boston, MA

Arthur Green, PhD, is recognized as one of the world’s preeminent authorities on Jewish thought and spirituality. He is the Irving Brudnick Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Hebrew College and rector of the Rabbinical School, which...

Rabbi Steve Gutow

New York, NY

Rabbi Steve Gutow just completed a six-year position as a visiting scholar at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He is also a political advisor for J Street to advise on certain Congressional races in the 2016...

Cantor Evan Kent

Jerusalem, Israel

Cantor Evan Kent moved from Los Angeles to Jerusalem where he currently lives with his husband Rabbi Donald Goor in July 2013. Evan received his ordination as a cantor and his Master’s in Sacred Music from Hebrew Union College in New York..

Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, D.D. Senior Rabbi

New York, NY

(Photo credit: Harold Levine) Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum serves as spiritual leader of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah. She was installed as CBST’s first rabbi in 1992, arriving at the height of the AIDS crisis when the synagogue was...

Rabbi Charles Kroloff

New York, NY

Rabbi Charles Kroloff served as Senior Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El of Westfield, NJ, for 36 years. He is the past president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the largest rabbinic organization in the world. Rabbi Kroloff is a...

Rabbi Julie Saxe Taller

San Francisco, CA

A Jewish educator who believes deeply in our responsibility to help repair the world, Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller joined the clergy at Congregation Sherith Israel in July 2004, shortly after she was ordained at the New York campus of Hebrew...

Rabbi Amy Small

Burlington, VT

Rabbi Small has served congregations in New Jersey, Michigan and Indiana. She is a past president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, where she served on the board for many years. She is a fellow of Rabbis Without Borders...

Rabbi Toba Spitzer

Newton, MA

Rabbi Toba Spitzer has served Congregation Dorshei Tzedek since she was ordained in 1997 at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC). Rabbi Spitzer is a popular teacher of courses on Judaism and economic justice, Reconstructionist...

Rabbi David Teutsch

Philadelphia, PA

Rabbi David Teutsch, Ph.D., directs the Center for Jewish Ethics at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) and is a widely known author and organizational consultant. His books include A Guide to Jewish Practice: Shabbat and...

Rabbi Lennard Thal

New York, NY

From 1973 to 1982, Rabbi Lennard Thal served first as Assistant Dean and then Associate Dean at the L.A. campus of HUC. In 1982, he assumed the position of Regional Director of the UAHC (now URJ) for its Pacific Southwest Council, based ...