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Rabbi Eric M. Berk is honored to serve as the Rabbi of Temple B’nai Sholom, Alabama’s oldest synagogue in continuous use. He and his wife, Shira, married in October 2018 and moved to Huntsville from Los Angeles, CA in the summer of 2018. Prior to his arrival, Rabbi Berk served Congregation Beth Knesset Bamidbar in Lancaster, California for seven years while simultaneously working in the hospice field, serving eight years as Spiritual Counselor, Spiritual Care Coordinator, and Chaplain for Los Angeles’ only non-profit, Jewish hospice: The Skirball Hospice, A Program of the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging.

 

He was ordained in 2008 as a Rabbi within Judaism’s Reform Movement at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, in Los Angeles. As a Rabbinical Student his professional development included having served multiple years as the Rabbinic Intern for Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas, CA as well as Congregation Kol Ami in West Hollywood, CA, in addition to two years as the Student Rabbi of Temple Beth El in Santa Maria, CA. His Rabbinic Thesis focused on the final work of Modern Israel’s greatest poet, titled: Yehuda Amichai’s Open Closed Open and Ecclesiastes: An Autumnal Intertextual Relationship, which utilized his own translations of both texts. A version of his thesis was then published in the academic journal Hebrew Studies as Opening And Closing With Qohelet: The Late Work Of Yehuda Amichai: A Discussion Of Patuah Sagur Patuah (Open Closed Open) and can be accessed online.

 

Prior to Rabbinical School, Rabbi Berk earned a Master of Arts in Hebrew Studies from The University of Texas at Austin in 2001, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Television Production from New York University in 1998. He continues to be creative in visual mediums such as photography and enjoys live music. He has lived all over the world, and especially loved living in Israel. He grew up in Dallas, Texas which his parents and younger brother still call home.

 

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