RABBI DAVID STRAUS
David Straus is our Senior Rabbi. He was appointed in July, 1998. He is only the fourth rabbi to serve in this position at Main Line Reform Temple. Under his leadership, the congregation has begun many new and innovative programs and services, including a child-parent religious school program where parents learn and attend school weekly with their children. Rabbi Straus is active in the Jewish and non-Jewish community. He is a past president of the VAAD: The Philadelphia Board of Rabbis, and served as chair of the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Community Relations Council from 2010-2014. He is a co-convener of the Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia, and serves on the board and executive committee of the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia. He is the chair of the National Council of Synagogues which meets regularly with members of the US Catholic Conference of Bishops, National Council of Churches, and the Evangelical Community. He has served on the board of Philabundance and the advisory committee of Eldernet of Lower Merion, and the Jewish Community Federation of Philadelphia.
Prior to coming to Main Line Reform Temple, Rabbi Straus served congregations in Trenton, NJ (Har Sinai Temple), Cleveland, OH (Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple) and Washington, DC (Washington Hebrew Congregation). He was ordained in 1983 at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, OH, and earned his BA from Northwestern University. He is married to Lynne Breslau, and they are the proud parents of Julia and Max, who are both in graduate school.
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RABBI GERI NEWBURGE
Rabbi Geri Newburge was ordained as a rabbi in May 2003 from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (Cincinnati). She is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR). Rabbi Newburge is currently a rabbi at Main Line Reform Temple. Previously, she served as the Associate Rabbi at Temple Emanuel in Cherry Hill from 2003 to 2013. As a rabbi, she is highly involved with creating connections with congregants, innovating liturgy, social action, youth and religious school programming. Rabbi Newburge grew up in South Florida and graduated from the University of Miami with a B.A. in Religious Studies in 1994; then, in 1995, she moved to California to pursue a M.A. in Religion at the Claremont School of Theology, receiving her degree in May 1997. Rabbi Newburge is married to Rabbi Eric Goldberg, Rabbi Educator at Congregation Shir Ami in Newtown, PA, and they are proud of their son, Jay.
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CANTOR FARYN RUDNICK
Cantor Faryn Rudnick is honored to be serving as Cantor at Main Line Reform Temple. Prior to joining the MLRT family, she served as cantor at Temple Beth-El in Northbrook, IL, where she began her cantorial career after her ordination from the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at Hebrew Union College in NYC in 2013.
Cantor Rudnick is passionate about creating community, specifically for those with disabilities. In 2015, Cantor Rudnick was the co-recipient of Chicago Federation’s Annual Samuel A. Goldsmith Award for her work in the field of inclusion. She represents the American Conference of Cantors on the Jewish Disabilities Network, and works with many organizations nationally, including: Chicago’s Synagogue Federation’s Commission Inclusion Program Committee, The Union for Reform Judaism, CCAR, and ACC, working to make the Jewish community a community of belonging for all people.
Cantor Rudnick enjoys reading a good book, exercising, going for a good walk, listening to West Wing Weekly, and baking. Cantor Rudnick and her husband, Jack, welcomed their first child, Hannah, in August, 2016.
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Administrative & Office Staff
Kat Bentley, Finance Assistant
Sally Brown, Librarian
Davida Chornock, Director of Marketing & Communications
Keshia Cortez, ECE Coordinator
Jojuan Johnson, Facilities Manager
Andy Heller, Music Director
Beth Lloyd, Assistant to Executive Director
Gil Marder, Membership Engagement and Program Manager
Cynthia Marshall Domosh, Assistant to Rabbi Straus, Webmaster,
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