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Rabbi Judith l. siegal

Rabbi Jonathan Fisch

Cantorial Soloist Jodi Rozental

Rabbi Judith Lazarus Siegal is honored to be the senior rabbi of Temple Judea, a warm and inclusive Jewish community, which takes learning and worship seriously and engages in acts of love and kindness and social action all year long. Originally from New Orleans, Rabbi Siegal was ordained from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in May of 2006 with a Masters in Hebrew Literature. She also has a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Texas in Austin. She has served as a rabbi at Temple Judea in Coral Gables, FL since her ordination, and became the senior rabbi of Temple Judea July 1, 2014.

Rabbi Siegal enjoys building relationships, leading worship, creating meaningful life cycle moments, counseling, and teaching students of all ages at Temple Judea, from preschoolers in our Margaux Early Childhood School and their families to adult Torah study groups, new adult Hebrew students, and religious school students of various grade levels.

Rabbi Siegal currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Association of Greater Miami, on the board of the South East Area Council of the CCAR, and as the Vice President of Programming for the Central Conference of American Rabbis. She is a past chair of the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews Interfaith Clergy Dialogue. She has been a fellow for the Jewish Outreach Institute’s Big Tent Judaism Professional Affiliates and has studied at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem as well as the Mussar Institute and is always looking for new and interesting study opportunities.

Rabbi Siegal is married to Brian Siegal, who is the Director of the American Jewish Committee of Miami and Broward, and they have three children, Ben, Josh, and Ella. j.siegal@judeagables.org
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Rabbi Jonathan Fisch is grateful to be the Associate Rabbi at Temple Judea in Coral Gables, Florida.  He began working at Temple Judea as the Assistant Rabbi in June 2014 after completing his studies and obtaining his smicha (ordination) from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles in May 2014.

Rabbi Fisch was drawn to Temple Judea’s warm and welcoming atmosphere since first stepping foot inside in February 2014 when interviewing. Since then he is constantly inspired and driven by the innovative programming and community involvement. Since joining, Rabbi Fisch has helped create new programs within and outside the synagogue walls, ranging from helping brainstorm and develop programing for JPLEX (Sunday School) leading creative worship ideas for the Magaux Early Childhood School, helping plan young adult programs and plan opportunities for young families to celebrate Shabbat through the Friendly Family Friday. Rabbi Fisch is most proud of his Torah Tuck-In, and Mezuzah Make-Over, opportunities which allows him to come to your home with a Torah or new Mezuzah to teach, play and hopefully have a few home baked cookies with your children or loved ones. Often you can often find him on the preschool playground running around playing “tag,” partaking in religious school learning activities, trying to do magic with a Jewish twist, writing random schpeels, and gathering with members of the community at lunch or coffee. 

Rabbi Fisch is grateful for the opportunity to visit Israel with the Temple Judea and has been fortunate enough to go on various with teens from Temple Judea and appreciates the unique opportunity of being a part of many of the teens first visit to the holy land. Seeing the look on their faces when they experience Shabbat in the old city is priceless and brings him back to his experience from the two years he lived in Jerusalem. Rabbi Fisch is a proud Zionist and lover of Israel. Some of his favorite memories in Israel have been spending the night talking about God, experiencing and reveling in holy moments, late night cards on the streets of Jerusalem and discussing the proper way to eat falalfal!

Chaplaincy work has become an integral part of Rabbi Fisch’s community outreach. In 2016 Rabbi Fisch was sworn in as the second Chaplain for the Coral Gables Police Department (CGPD) and the force’s first rabbi. He finds great meaning in being a part of the CGPD, taking part in trainings, exploring the community through the officer’s eyes, working on safety measures, and seeing to the spiritual health and well-bing of the officers and personnel. You may see him riding along in a police car from time-to-time, but don’t get worried, he’s working!

Outside of his work as rabbi and chaplain, Rabbi Fisch enjoys biking, watching movies, eating cookies, and enjoying time with his wife, Abby and their two vivacious daughters, Ayla and Yael. 

j.fisch@judeagables.org

Jodi Rozental is very proud to be serving as cantorial soloist for Temple Judea since 2003. She brings to this congregation her passion for Jewish music and spiritual inspiration, finding much joy in nurturing the souls of this wonderful community through song.

Jodi was born in Philadelphia and moved to Florida with her family when she was 8 years old. Her family joined Temple Sinai of North Dade, which became her second home until she went away to college. She immediately joined the youth choir and participated under the direction of Cantor Irving Shulkes for 6 years. Cantor Shulkes became Jodi’s mentor, preparing her to begin leading services at the early age of 14 for both Friday evenings and Saturday mornings. That was the beginning of Jodi’s cantorial training. She filled in every summer for 5 consecutive years, singing a cappella as well as accompanying herself on guitar. During those same years, Jodi was a song leader and music director at Sinai Day Camp, and also became a song leader for SNFTY Youth Group.

Jodi received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts, beginning her studies at the University of Florida in Gainesville, and completing her last year at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. While attending school at UF, she was one of the founders of the Reform Jewish Student Organization, and lead High Holy Day Services for the students who were not able to go home for the holidays. Additionally, while in college, she was hired for a summer as the camp music program coordinator of Camp Shwayder, in Idaho Springs, Colorado.

After completing college, she moved back to South Florida, and became the music program director of Sinai Academy, teaching classes, holidays, and organizing the end of the year Shabbat School Production with the entire academy.

Prior to her start at Temple Judea, Jodi filled in as cantorial soloist at Temple Dor Dorim in Weston, Florida.

Currently, in addition to singing regularly for Shabbat, B’nai Mitzvah, festivals and holidays, Jodi is the director of Kol Malachim, Voice of the Angels, the extraordinary adult volunteer choir of Temple Judea; as well as the creator of The Rhythm & Jews Band. Both Kol Malachim and The Rhythm & Jews Band can be heard monthly at Shabbat services. Jodi is also a member of The Women Cantors Network.

When she is not on the bimah, Jodi sings in various cantorial concerts, performs at parties and weddings, and entertains audiences in the tri-county area with her one-woman show, Love Around the World, in which she sings 5 different languages and tells her comical story of her search for “a nice Jewish guy.”

Happily married to Ruben Rozental, Jodi lives in Fort Lauderdale. She has one step-daughter, Melanie, 4 four-legged furry felines: Pixsie, Midnight, Jimsy and Bubbaloo; and Maggie, a shepherd-lab mix.

j.rozental@judeagables.org

Sun, September 15 2019 15 Elul 5779