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Rabbi Michael Feshbach

Prior to our very recent arrival in the Virgin Islands, I served for sixteen years as the Senior Rabbi of Temple Shalom of Chevy Chase, Maryland. Before returning to Washington, close to where I had grown up, I was a rabbi in Boca Raton, Florida; Erie, Pennsylvania; and Buffalo, New York.

I help people find their own voice within the Jewish world. I believe that a Jewish community should be a place for openness, for inclusiveness, welcoming Jewish families in all the varied forms in which they come today. I shape a space of energy and engagement and ideas, a place where ‘a thousand flowers bloom.’

I am a Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of Jerusalem, Israel. I have been blessed to learn and work with teachers and colleagues from all streams of Jewish life. I participated in the development of online outreach, through “Ask a Rabbi” responses for the Union for Reform Judaism, Moment Magazine, and in the early days of America Online. 

My publications and articles include:

  • “Obedience to Which Commander?: An Examination of a Jewish Soldier’s Right to Disobey Immoral Orders” (with Rabbi Peter Schaktman)

  • “In God’s Image: Judaism and Homosexuality”

  • “A Name for Ourselves: Infertility, Meaning and Hope”

  • “In Every Generation: A Jewish Approach to Genetic Research, Testing and Screening, and Gene Therapy”.

I am married to Julie Novick.
We have three children: Benjamin, Daniel and Talia.

 

EDUCATION
HEBREW UNION COLLEGE-JEWISH INSTITUTE OF RELIGION
Jerusalem, Israel; Cincinnati, OH and New York, NY
M.A.H.L (Cincinnati).
Rabbinic Ordination (New York).
D.D.H.C. (Doctor of Divinity honoris causa)

BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY – Waltham, MA
Graduate School, Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies:
Biblical Studies.

HAVERFORD COLLEGE – Haverford, PA
B.A. in English and Creative Writing.

HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM – Jerusalem, Israel
Rothberg International School: Undergraduate Study Abroad Program.

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Upcoming Events

  • With great sorrow we will be unable to off Selichot Services this year.
  • Revised High Holy Days Schedule will be posted soon.
  • Erev Shabbat Services will be held Friday, September 15th at 5pm in order to be off the roads by curfew.
  • There will be no Shabbat morning worship Saturday September 16th.