Rabbi Jessica Rosenthal
Rabbi Rosenthal grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. For her undergraduate degree, she attended New College, the honors college of Florida, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.
In 1999, she moved to Cleveland, Ohio where she worked at Temple-Tifereth Israel as an Educator. During this time, she also received a master’s degree in Jewish Education, graduating with Distinction from Siegel College of Jewish Studies. At Siegal, she received the Aaron Intrater Award for excellence in Jewish Education.
Wanting to further explore the connections between education, liturgy, ritual, Torah, and Jewish life, Rabbi Rosenthal entered Rabbinical School in 2008. She served as President of the Rabbinical Student Association, was chosen as one of eight Day School Externs to learn about and advocate for Jewish Day Schools, was selected for a Jewish Foundation Service Learning Fellowship in 2012 and was nominated as a participant for the American Jewish World Service trip to Mexico in January 2010. Upon Ordination, she received the Robert L. Adler Prize for excellence in contributions to the community.
Rabbi Rosenthal first served as the Rabbi at Temple B’rith Shalom in Prescott, Arizona in 2013. While there, she worked to make Judaism personal, vibrant, and modern focusing on Social Justice, the arts, visioning, interfaith connections and creating meaningful and personal life cycle events.
She is very excited to be the Rabbi at B’nai Israel Reform Temple and looks forward to introducing and building upon these themes as well as the feeling of family and community that is core to the congregation’s identity.
Rabbi Rosenthal, her husband Chad, and children Isaac and Solomon are humbled and honored to be a part of B’nai Israel Reform Temple family.