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
To contact Rabbi Reiner:
Deborah Katchko Gray
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
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
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: