Direct Line: (240) 450-3485
Email: MIsrael [at] OhrKodesh [dot] org
Rabbi Israel oversees and integrates the programs and curricula for the religious schools, youth, and continuing education opportunities for adults. Prior to this position, he served as the Director of the Union for Reform Judaism Kesher College Department, where he built partnerships between the Reform Movement and Hillel to build vibrant Reform Jewish communities on campus and assist congregations in preparing and maintaining relationships with students entering college and university life.
Rabbi Israel has also served as the Director of Congregational Relations at the Religious Action Center, planning its numerous seminars and conferences and training over 2000 people each year in effective ways to pursue a more just society. In addition, Rabbi Israel has written and edited program material and other publications for congregational social action and college activities. He was a contributing editor for "Packing for College: Where Does Judaism Fit?", a curriculum for high school students preparing for Jewish life on campus as well as an editor of "Lirdof Tzedek: A Guide to Synagogue Social Action" (UAHC Press, 2001)
Rabbi Israel was ordained a rabbi by HUC-JIR in 1998 and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1992. He lives in Chevy Chase, MD with his wife Abbey Frank and children, Elianna, Micah, and Oren.
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