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Rabbi Mitchell M. Hurvitz

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Rabbi Mitchell M. Hurvitz (Rabbi Mitch) first became part of the Temple Sholom family as an assistant rabbi in 1995, and was promoted to associate rabbi three years later. In 2001, Rabbi Mitch succeeded Hillel Silverman, now our esteemed Rabbi Emeritus, as Senior Rabbi. Rabbi Mitch is a scholar, teacher, community activist and preacher, and is recognized as one of the prominent religious leaders in the Greenwich area and beyond. A frequent guest speaker at synagogues and churches, study groups, community institutions, and universities, he is a charismatic personality, who engages individuals and stimulates hearts and minds. His weekly teachings can be found in the Greenwich Citizen, the Connecticut religion blog Creedable, and in other local and national publications.

Rabbi Mitch is a noted authority within the Conservative movement on how to create a welcoming environment for intermarried families in congregations. An author of numerous popular and scholarly articles, he has also written the “Introduction to the Jewish Faith” and the Encyclopedia of Judaism for publisher Facts on File. Rabbi Mitch is a Past President of the Greenwich Fellowship of Clergy and the Co-Founder of The Sholom Center for Interfaith Learning & Fellowship.

Rabbi MItch was born in Boston and raised in Palo Alto, California. He earned a BA in History at UCLA, a Master of Hebrew Letters from the University of Judaism, and a second MA degree in Jewish Studies and rabbinic ordination with a concentration in Rabbinic Literature and Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Rabbi is blessed with his wife of twenty-four years, Roseanne, and their four wonderful children.

 

Rabbi David Saiger, Assistant Rabbi

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Rabbi David Saiger (Rav David) joined our clergy staff at Temple Sholom as the Assistant Rabbi in July 2011. He was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in May 2011, where he also completed an MA in Jewish Literature. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Rav David earned his BA in philosophy at Emory University in Atlanta. Over the course of his studies at JTS, Rav David worked at NYU Hillel, Camp Ramah in California and at a number of synagogues as a Jewish educator and rabbinic figure.

Rav David is married to his Ramah sweetheart, Elizabeth Jefferson. 



 

 

Cantor Asa Fradkin

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Cantor Asa Fradkin graduated from the H.L. Miller Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary in May 2007, where he was class president and Founder and Chair of the School's Tzedakah Concert Committee. He has an undergraduate degree in Vocal Studies from Indiana University's School of Music. 

While obtaining his degrees, the Cantor worked part-time as a High Holiday Hazzan, B’nai Mitzvah tutor, Choir director and song leader at several conservative synagogues and at Camp Ramah. In addition, Cantor Fradkin has performed numerous times in cantorial concerts at Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Opera, and various Tri-state area synagogues. 

Cantor Fradkin and his wife Sarah frequently sing together at special Temple services and events. They are blessed with a daughter, Dafna, and a son, Noam.




Rabbi Hillel E. Silverman, Rabbi Emeritus

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Rabbi Hillel E. Silverman, was born in Hartford, CT. He is the son of the late Rabbi and Mrs. Morris Silverman. Rabbi Silverman graduated from Yale University. He was ordained a rabbi at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York in 1949, and in 1952 achieved a Doctorate in Bible Studies. In 1974, he received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the University of Judaism. Rabbi Silverman served as senior Rabbi of Temple Sholom from 1981-2001, when he announced his retirement. 

In addition to his pulpit duties, Rabbi Silverman is a recognized author and lecturer. During his tenure in Greenwich, he served on the Board of Directors of the Greenwich UJA/Federation, Jewish Family Services, Greenwich Emergency Medical Service, and other local civic agencies. He has also served as president of the Greenwich Fellowship of Clergy.

 

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