Assistant Rabbi Search
Two Assistant Rabbi candidates, Simeon Cohen and Bryan Wexler, will be visiting TBS. Please see below for the dates and their bios. Come hear them teach on Friday night and Shabbat morning.
Assistant Rabbi Search Committee Co-Chairs: Margie Dannenbaum and Yale Asbell
Committee Members: Jamie Arking, Gregg Bannett, Vivian Barnett, Howard Becker, Drew Burach, Stephanie Cahn, Bernie Coval, Bonnie Friedman, Dennis Glass, Emily Gottschalk, Robyn Greenberg, Stephanie Krause, Melissa Landay, Susan Bass Levin, Deborah Liben, Naomi Mirowitz, Lee Podolnick, Shawn Ravitz, Jamie Richman, Brad Schwartz, Marv Sellers, Mark Shapiro, Amy Spiegel, Alvin Stern, Ann Sundstrom, Michele Warren, Erika Wolf
TBS visit: March 3-5
Simeon Cohen is a senior rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS). He completed his undergraduate work in the Joint Program between Columbia University and JTS, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Columbia and a Bachelor of Arts in Jewish Thought from JTS. In addition to rabbinic ordination, he is also pursuing a Masters Degree at the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education. Simeon is passionate about Torah, rabbinic literature, and Jewish philosophy, and has taught extensively on medieval and modern Jewish thought and Jewish ethics. He hopes to draw upon his love for the Jewish tradition to inspire others to embrace Jewish learning and living in personally meaningful ways.
As a rabbinical student, Simeon has worked in many communities, including the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale University and the Forest Hills Jewish Center, where he was mentored by Rabbi Gerald Skolnik. Currently, Simeon and his wife Ariel serve as the Resident Directors of the Goldsmith Residence Hall at JTS, where they have helped to shape the undergraduate experience for 120 students.
When Simeon is not studying the writings of Maimonides or Heschel, he can be found playing guitar, listening to classic rock or jazz, reading fantasy literature and spending time with his wife Ariel and their new puppy.
TBS visit: March 24-26
Bryan Wexler is a senior rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is currently a rabbinical intern at Park Avenue Synagogue in New York. Bryan is a Wexner Fellow as well as a UJA- Graduate Fellow and a Lefell-AIPAC Fellow.
In addition to his position at Park Avenue Synagogue (PAS), Bryan tutors bnei mitzvah privately and leads Kabbalat Shabbat services at the Atria Senior Living Center on the West Side. Prior to coming to PAS, Bryan was a Rabbinic Fellow at B'nai Jeshurun (BJ). He has also worked as a chaplain at Mount Sinai Hospital, a Rosh Edah at Ramah Berkshires, and a Rabbinic Fellow at T'ruah. He has spent time learning at Mechon Hadar in New York, Pardes in Jerusalem, and the Middlebury Hebrew Summer Language School in Vermont. In the last six years, Bryan has led High Holiday services at Temple Beth Shalom in Pittsburgh, PA, B'nai Israel Congregation in Rockville, MD, and Beth El in Allentown, PA, as well as at BJ and PAS.
Bryan graduated from Brandeis University in 2009 with a major in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Philosophy, and Hebrew. Before beginning rabbinical school, Bryan worked for two years as the Youth Director and Community Educator at Temple Aliyah in Needham, MA.
Bryan is married to Rebecca Sturgis Wexler. They are the proud parents of newborn twins born in August, 2016.