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Rabbinical Candidate Interview Weekend - Rabbi Mathew Marko (1/14-1/16)

Past Sessions
Sunday, January 16, 2022 14 Shevat 5782 - All Day
Saturday, January 15, 2022 13 Shevat 5782 - All Day
Friday, January 14, 2022 12 Shevat 5782 - All Day

The Rabbi Search Committee has be active and very busy for the past 6 months. Many of you participated in the survey that we sent out and with the in person and the online Town Hall Meetings. Now the hard work is coming to fruition. We have interviewed several rabbinical candidates and narrowed our selection to the top candidates.

To date, we have three confirmed weekends:

  • We are hosting Rabbi Mathew Marko the weekend of January 14th-16th.

Rabbi Mathew Marko has been serving as Senior Rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel of Greenville, SC for 6 years. He hails from Brooklyn NY and spent 20 years in Los Angeles. His career adventures have included acting professionally at the Hippodrome State Theatre in Florida, various theaters in New York City, and The Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles, development and fundraising, teaching students as a much-demanded substitute teacher in LA’s school district, and the proprietor of a fine carpentry and custom furniture shop in Los Angeles. This is all precedent to realizing his calling: Torah, Jewish community, tradition balanced with spiritual modernism, social justice and Israel.

Rabbi Matt has also been combining his love of Torah and creativity in teaching nagarut/woodshop at Camp Ramah for the past 9 years, as well as custom crafting sacred synagogue furniture in his spare time. Rabbi Matt holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Performance from the University of Florida at Gainesville with a minor in Hebrew. He earned his Master of Arts in Rabbinic Literature and rabbinic ordination from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles.

Rabbi Matt’s other interests include scuba diving (certified instructor), sky diving, bicycling, motorcycling, playing music, traveling the world, and being a creative kosher chef of international cuisine (what he dubs “kosher treiff”). Rabbi Matt owes his success to the support of his best friend and wife Marie. Marie and Matt are absolutely thrilled at the possibility of permanently relocating back to beautiful southern California.

  • We are hosting Rabbi Tal Sessler the weekend of January 7th-9th. 
  • We are hosting married couple, Rabbis Rami Pavolotzky and Daniela Szuster the weekend of January 21st - 23rd.

We will provide an update schedule of the visits with opportunities to attend in person and online in the upcoming weeks. Please try to attend services or participate in any manner that you can.

Your feedback is an essential part of the process, and will help us to finalize our recommendation.

Thank you,

Bruce Levine Chair of the Rabbi Search Committee Congregation Ner Tamid

Daniel Klerman President, Congregation Ner Tamid

Rabbi Search Committee Members: Adam Feingold Warren Sterling Steve Rome Sebastian Kessel Edna Hyatt Michelle Finkel Katie Hubert Vanderhal Amy Ball Steve Gold Jerry Sisk

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Thu, January 27 2022 25 Shevat 5782