Brit Milah/Hatafat: Required with some exceptions made
Bet Din: Required (Reform rabbis and/or cantors, lay Jews)
Conversion Location: Orlando, Fla.
Other Languages: German, Hebrew
Students Accepted: Mitzvah, Chai, Scholarship
Conversion requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic
Brit Milah/Hatafat Dam Brit: Required (No change)
Mikveh: Required (No change)
Bet Din: Required (Virtual bet din via video conferencing is acceptable.)
I am happy to work with
Families with children
Interfaith or dual-faith relationships
I am currently the rabbi of Congregation Eitz Chayim, an unaffiliated Reform congregation with a Renewal flair, in Port Saint Lucie, Fla. I also teach World Religions, Religion in the US, and Ethics at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Fla. I have taught conversion and b’nai mitzvah online for many years, including with students in Italy, Germany, and Peru. I strive to consider every student and every situation for best scenarios and believe fixed policies interfere with considering the people involved; every situation has its potential, and I love finding effective solutions to challenges.
Before moving to Florida, I was the rabbi of Congregation Kol Simchah in Tucson, Ariz. Prior to studying for the rabbinate, I was a mechanical engineer at Goodyear in Ohio, and before that, I was a certified flight instructor. My hobbies include hiking, jewelry, photography (especially flowers and animals), watercolor, and traveling. I am comfortable working with students via distance and strive to answer emails and texts as quickly as I can.
Doctor of Philosophy, Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy, Education
Laura and Alvin Siegal College of Judaic Studies
Master, Judaic Thought
ALEPH Rabbinical Program
Smicha (Rabbinical Ordination)
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