Rabbi David Levy Reiner

Rabbi David Levy Reiner comes to Temple Shearith Israel from Temple Beth-El in Geneva, NY, as well as the University of Rochester where he was the Hillel rabbi. Graduating cum laude from the University of Rochester, Rabbi David 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 looking forward to building a synagogue community, fostering creative adult and youth educational programs, and serving in a host of leadership roles in the area. He 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 David Reiner was recently married to Ashley Susan Heller, a software consultant for Ariba.

We are all looking forward to an exciting new chapter at TSI.

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Cantor Deborah Katchko Gray

A fourth generation cantor, and the second to serve a conservative synagogue, Deborah has served Congregation Beth El in Norwalk and The Conservative Synagogue of Westport. Since l999, Temple Shearith Israel in Ridgefield has been her spiritual home. Deborah founded the Women Cantors’ Network in l982, a national organization of 300 members. Her archives are housed in the National Museum of American Jewish History where two items are permanently displayed. The American Jewish Archives houses her complete archives.

Deborah’s recordings include Kindersongs, Jewish Soul, Passover Seder Songs, Katchko -Three Generatons of Cantorial Art, and A Sacred Spirit. Her recordings are included in many of the Spirit Series through the Cantors Assembly. Deborah founded the CT Cantors Connect group. Her songbook, Katchko, is used at the Hebrew Union College’s cantorial school. She teaches hazzanut via Skype for the European Academy of Jewish Liturgy. She has published Jewish Huck Embroidery, using Swedish Weaving to create heirloom tallitot. Her classes, "Stitch and Kvitch" have inspired dozens of people to make tallitot.

She is an International Vice President of Cantors for Women of the Wall, a member of the Clergy Task Force of Jewish Women International and active with MERCAZ, an Israel Advocacy group of United Synagogue. Cantor Debbie is a cellist with the Danbury Community Orchestra.

Deborah has four sons, and with her husband, Dr. F. Scott Gray, they have raised 6 sons, and have welcomed one new grandson . 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." www.cantordebbie.com


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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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