Congregation Emanu-El Names Beth and Jonathan Singer as Senior Rabbis


San Francisco, CA -- March 20, 2013 -- The Board of Directors of Congregation Emanu-El, the largest Reform synagogue in Northern California, today announced the appointment of Rabbi Beth Singer and Rabbi Jonathan Singer as the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Senior Rabbis.  While the Singers’ precise start date has not been set, Congregation Emanu-El expects the Singers to assume their duties in the late summer or early fall.  The Singers currently serve as Co-Senior Rabbis at Temple Beth Am in Seattle, Washington, and will succeed Senior Rabbi Stephen Pearce, who will be retiring this summer after twenty years of dedicated service to the congregation.

The selection of Rabbis Beth and Jonathan Singer culminated a year-long national search. “The Board had one overriding goal in seeking a successor to Rabbi Pearce -- to hire the best Senior Rabbi we could find,” noted Steven Dinkelspiel, President of the Board of Directors of Emanu-El.  “It became clear that the best candidate was not a single individual but was instead an extraordinarily talented team of two.  We were impressed and moved by the Singers’ passion, warmth, intellect, and energy and are confident that under their dynamic leadership our synagogue will thrive. ”

During the Singers’ tenure at Temple Beth Am, membership grew from 375 to more than 900 families, and Beth Am has become a vibrant religious, cultural, spiritual, and social center serving a broad range of the Seattle Jewish community.  Commenting on the Singers’ appointment, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, said, “Rabbis Jonathan and Beth Singer are exceptionally gifted religious leaders and have demonstrated an exciting new model of rabbinic leadership.  They have shaped dynamic spiritual community in each of the congregations they have served.” 

Rabbis Beth and Jonathan Singer both graduated from Pomona College and were ordained by Hebrew Union College in1989.  Rabbi Jonathan Singer began his rabbinical career at Temple Israel in New Rochelle, New York, where he served as Assistant Rabbi and then as Associate Rabbi.  He joined Temple Beth Am in Seattle as the Senior Rabbi in 1995.  Before joining Temple Beth Am as an Associate Rabbi in 1997, Rabbi Beth Singer served as an Assistant Rabbi and then an Associate Rabbi at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, New York, and as an Associate Rabbi at Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Seattle.  In 2009, Rabbi Beth Singer became Co-Senior Rabbi at Beth Am.  The Rabbis Singer are married and have three children.

 About Congregation Emanu-El

Founded in San Francisco in 1850, Congregation Emanu-El is one of the oldest Reform synagogues in the western United States and the largest in Northern California. Congregation Emanu-El is dedicated to advancing its members' lifelong involvement in Judaism through worship, learning, good deeds, and congregant‐to‐congregant connection.


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