Rabbi David Levy Reiner
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 is the son of Rabbi Fred N. Reiner, Rabbi
Emeritus of Temple Sinai in Washington, DC and the late
Dr. Sherry Levy-Reiner who for many years was the
Development Director at the Religious Action Center of
the Union for Reform Judaism.
Rabbi Reiner enjoys serving the Jewish people and spending
time with his wife, their puggle (dog), Pancake, and,
of course, their newborn son, Samson, born in October 2014!
To contact Rabbi Reiner:
Deborah Katchko Gray
fourth generation cantor, and the second to serve a
conservative synagogue, Cantor Debbie has served
Temple Shearith Israel since 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."
To contact Cantor Katchko-Gray:
Rabbi Emeritus Jon R.
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.
To contact Rabbi Haddon: