Rabbi David Levy Reiner, MAHL

Rabbi David Levy Reiner has been serving as the rabbi of Temple Shearith Israel since July 2013, having previously served Temple Beth-El in Geneva, NY, and as Hillel campus rabbi at the University of Rochester. A cum laude graduate of the University of Rochester, Rabbi Reiner earned the highest honors from the Department of Religion and Classics and was ordained at Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, from which he also received a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters.

An enthusiastic and kindhearted man, Rabbi Reiner is hard at work building our synagogue community, deepening relationships among our members, inspiring the future of Judaism through creative adult and youth educational programs, and developing new and meaningful approaches to Jewish tradition and worship.
Rabbi Reiner enjoys serving the Jewish people and spending time with his wife, Ashley, their puggle (dog), Pancake, and, of course, their toddler, Samson, born in October 2014!

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Rabbi Marcus L. Burstein, D.Min.

Rabbi Marcus L. Burstein has been serving as the rabbi of Jewish Family Congregation (now Congregation Shir Shalom) since July 2013, having most recently served as a Rabbi at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, New York.

Previously, Rabbi Burstein served as a “Union Rabbi” for The Union for Reform Judaism where, among other responsibilities, he provided guidance to congregations in the areas of visioning and leadership development.

Rabbi Burstein served Temple Har Shalom in Warren, NJ for four years as Rabbi on Staff. Before that, he served Temple Rodef Shalom of Falls Church, Virginia for eight years, where he created a multi-year Biblical Hebrew program for adults and a Group Conversion Class.

Rabbi Burstein grew up in Westfield, NJ, and graduated with honors from Rutgers College. He attended the Jerusalem and New York campuses of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and was ordained in 1999. His rabbinical thesis was on Ladino songs, which enabled him to combine his love of Judaism, music, and his Spanish-speaking abilities. He also earned a Doctor of Ministry degree in Pastoral Counseling from HUC-JIR in 2004.

Prior to ordination, Rabbi Burstein served congregations in Hillsborough and New Brunswick, NJ; Kansas City, MO; Lock Haven and Bradford, PA; San Jose, Costa Rica, and as a Chaplain Candidate at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado.

Rabbi Burstein is fluent in Spanish and also sings and plays the guitar. He and his husband Eric live in Dobbs Ferry, NY, and have three children.

Cantor Deborah Katchko-Gray

A fourth generation cantor, and the second woman ever to have served a conservative synagogue, Cantor Debbie joined Temple Shearith Israel (now Congregation Shir Shalom) in l999. Deborah founded the Women Cantors’ Network in 1982, a national organization of 300 members, and she is committed to enhancing and inspiring Jewish life through sharing her love of music with others.

In 2014, Cantor Debbie released four recordings: A Musical Reunion: Kalisz to California, Hanukkah Songs of Light and Hope, A Suite Shabbat (with the Tourmaline String Quartet), and Shabbat Jam (with the Talented Teens of TSI). Past recordings include Kindersongs, Jewish Soul, Passover Seder Songs, Katchko: Three Generatons of Cantorial Art, and A Sacred Spirit. Her recordings are included in the Spirit Series of the Cantors Assembly, and her songbook, Katchko, is used at the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

When she is not leading services, teaching music, or in the recording studio, Cantor Debbie enjoys Jewish Huck Embroidery, using Swedish Weaving to create heirloom tallitot, and serving as a member of the Clergy Task Force of Jewish Women International, and as a cellist with the Danbury Community Orchestra. Cantor Debbie has four sons, and has raised six sons and welcomed one grandson with her husband, Dr. F. Scott Gray. Elie Wiesel has said of her, "Listen to her. Debbie will enable you to hear and feel the exquisite beauty of Jewish melodies that must never be forgotten."

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Rabbi Emeritus Jon R. Haddon, D.D.

Rabbi Jon R. Haddon was invested at the Cantorial School of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1972 and was ordained a Rabbi in 1980. He was a Cantor in Rye, NY, and the first director of the School of Sacred Music at HUC. He has also served pulpits in White Plains, NY, and Newington, Connecticut. Rabbi Haddon is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the American Federation of Cantors, the Rabbinic Council of The Jewish Federation and the Pastoral Advisory Committee of Danbury Hospital. Rabbi Haddon is a former president of the Ridgefield Clergy Association. He is also the founder of the WREF radio program, "Moments of Inspiration," and has written for many local newspapers. His article, ''The Need to Teach Goodness,'' appeared in the Readers Digest in November, 1998. Rabbi Haddon served Temple Shearith Israel from 1987 - 2008. During that 21 year period membership rose from 65 families to nearly 300 at the present time.

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