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Congregation Beth Shalom welcomes Rabbi Siegel

Posted: September 23, 2009 12:14 p.m.
Updated: September 23, 2009 6:00 p.m.

Rabbi Howard Siegel has joined Congregation Beth Shalom.

 
Following a vigorous and rewarding selection process, Congregation Beth Shalom of the Santa Clarita Valley is proud to welcome Rabbi Howard Siegel, who will serve as the Conservative temple's interim clergy for the next year.

"It is with great pleasure and happiness that I announce that Rabbi Howard Siegel is our new Interim Rabbi!" said Arlene Gold, president of the Congregation's Board of Trustees.

"We are so fortunate to be able to have such an experienced and knowledgeable rabbi. CBS will certainly reap the enormous benefits of having such a skillful leader."

Rabbi Siegel officially began his role as the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Shalom on September 1. He and his wife, Ellen, currently live in Houston and will be relocating to Santa Clarita.

 During this next month of transition, Rabbi Siegel will be on the bimah every Shabbat and will lead the Congregation's High Holy Days services this fall. (The High Holy Days begin September 18 with Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, and end Oct. 10 with Simchat Torah, a celebration marking the conclusion of the annual cycle of the reading of the Hebrew Bible.)

Rabbi Siegel is an experienced congregational rabbi with proven success in education, outreach, and community building. He has served as a pulpit rabbi, Jewish educator, and is an innovator of Jewish outreach.

Rabbi Siegel was born in Los Angeles and moved to Spokane, Washington, at a young age. His motivation to become a rabbi came from his involvement in Jewish camps. He became a public school teacher and then went to the University of Judaism.

He moved on to the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York where he earned his Master of Arts in Judaica in 1978 and later his Doctor of Divinity (honoris) in 2005.

Rabbi Siegel is the Founding Director of the Jewish Information Center of Houston, Texas, an outreach program to unaffiliated Jews and non-Jews seeking a better knowledge of Judaism.

Additionally, Rabbi Siegel brings a plethora of experience to us through his service as congregational rabbi at Congregation Brith Shalom in Bellaire, Texas; B'nai Emet Synagogue, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Beth Tikvah Synagogue, Richmond, British Columbia.

Further, Rabbi Siegel brings a wealth of educational experience as the Founding Director of the Solomon Schechter Day School of St. Louis, Missouri; as the Interim Hillel Director for the University of Minnesota; as the Assistant Rabbi/Educational Director of Congregation Beth Israel in Vancouver, British Columbia; and as a teacher at Cleveland High School in Portland, Oregon.

Rabbi Siegel has been widely published and he has served in many professional organizations such as the Rabbinical Assembly; Houston Rabbinical Association; Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education; National Rabbinic Cabinet of Israel Bonds, National UJC Rabbinic Cabinet; and Chancellor's Rabbinic Cabinet of the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Rabbi Siegel has adult children living in Houston and Vancouver.

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