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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.
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Rabbi Jonathan Fisch is grateful to be the Assistant Rabbi at Temple Judea in Coral Gables, Florida.  He began working at Temple Judea in 2014 after he completed his studies and obtained his smicha (ordination) from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles in May 2014.

Rabbi Fisch enjoys getting to know the community through outreach to families with young children, through a program called Torah Tuck-In, where he brings a Sefer Torah to their home and shares the beauty of its teaching with them.   Once a month he gathers 25-39-year-olds for drinks around town and around the Shabbos Table called Gen. J. (Generation Jew.) Rabbi Fisch is a proud member of the growing MENSCH club, formally known as the Brotherhood.  Since joining the Temple Judea community, Rabbi Fisch has found incredible community, surrounded by caring, welcoming, and compassionate congregants. 

Most of all, Rabbi Fisch looks forward to being a part of the life of Temple Judea families in any way that he can, through life cycle events, transitions, and going out for coffee and meals to get to know members on a personal level.  He gets asked often to perform weddings for congregants and non-congregants throughout the year.  This is one of his favorite parts of being a rabbi, welcoming a new couple into theirchuppah their marriage canopy.    Rabbi Fisch’s door is always open to discuss and learn with everyone.

Rabbi Fisch served the Southern California Reform Jewish community for over ten years in the capacities as: Regional Advisor of North American Federation Temple Youth (NFTY), Master Teacher at Congregation Or Ami, Director of Counselors-In-Training (CIT) at URJ Camp Newman in Northern California, Hospital Chaplain at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Rabbinic Intern and Traveling Promoter for Jewish Summer Camping. 

Rabbi Fisch received the Louis and Minnie Raphael Memorial Prize for his dedication to small synagogues in Southern California in 2012 after serving as the student rabbi in Victorville, California.  He graduated with Honors from California State University, Northridge where he was the first person to graduate with a degree in Modern Judaic Studies.  After college, he moved to Israel and spent two years exploring the land, studying, learning Hebrew, and riding his bike all over Eretz Yisrael. 

During his free time, he enjoys dancing, watching movies, riding and racing his bikes, going to the gym, and most importantly, spending time with his wife Abby and daughter Ayla. They have one dog, named Rashi, and even though Rabbi Fisch spent many years learning Rashi in Rabbinical school, he has yet to understand Rashi, their dog!

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.

Wed, July 17 2019 14 Tammuz 5779