Rabbi Richard A. Block

RABlockPhoto2012smallerRabbi Block has served as Senior Rabbi of The Temple – Tifereth Israel in Cleveland, OH since 2001. Designated by Newsweek “one of the top 25 pulpit rabbis in America,” Rabbi Block is a passionate, widely recognized advocate for Israel and the US-Israel strategic alliance. His recent writings have appeared in Time, The Jewish Daily Forward, Tablet Magazine, Huffington Post, The Times of Israel, The Tower Magazine, JTA, The Jewish Week, Haaretz and elsewhere, and are widely shared on social media. His publications include Sacred Pilgrimage: A Jewish Reflection on Life, Death, and Eternity and How I Wish I Could Fish! a book for children and parents. In 2007, HUC-JIR conferred upon him an honorary doctorate.

He is a Past President of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the rabbinic leadership organization of Reform Judaism. As its president, Rabbi Block represented it on The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and chaired the Reform Leadership Council, comprised of the top lay and professional leaders of the CCAR, HUC-JIR and URJ. He is a past president of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, the international umbrella organization of Reform, Liberal, Progressive, and Reconstructionist Judaism.

Rabbi Block served as President of the Greater Cleveland Board of Rabbis, and on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Cleveland Jewish Federation. On the Federation’s behalf, he chaired PACT, an international partnership of Jewish Federations and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee that assisted more than 10,000 Ethiopian-Israeli children and their families. He also chaired Federation’s Black – Jewish Relations Task Force. He was a public representative on the board of the Cleveland Bar Association. In 2012, he was honored by the Jewish Free Loan Association, Cleveland, as its “Man of the Year.” He is a member of the President’s Visiting Committee of Case Western Reserve University.

As Senior Rabbi of Congregation Beth Am, Los Altos Hills, CA, Rabbi Block inspired a national partnership for educational innovation, the Experiment in Congregational Education, integrated nearly a thousand families from the former Soviet Union in Jewish life, and Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco presented him its 1999 “FAMMY” Award, “in appreciation of extraordinary caring and dedicated community service.”

Rabbi Block was ordained at HUC-HIR in 1982, receiving awards for academic distinction, writing, and sermonic excellence. While leading Greenwich Reform Synagogue, Riverside, CT, he served as President of the Greenwich Fellowship of Clergy and founded Jewish Community Services of Greenwich. He received the Humanitarian Award of the Council of Churches and Synagogues of Lower Fairfield County for leadership "worthy of esteem and commendation" that "made a significant difference in his community and in our whole region."

Rabbi Block graduated with honors from the Wharton School and from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal. He was a law clerk to a federal judge and spent four years on active duty in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps, including assignments as a Special Assistant US Attorney and a faculty member of the Naval Justice School. He and Susan G. Block, a community leader and volunteer, have been married since 1969. They have two sons, Joshua, President and CEO of The Israel Project, and Zachary, a Vice President of Conde Nast. They are also blessed with two wonderful daughters-in-law and six beloved grandchildren.

Rabbi Rosette Barron Haim

RBHPhoto2012smallerRabbi Rosette Barron Haim joined The Temple-Tifereth Israel clergy in June of 1988. Ordained the same year by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Rabbi Haim earned her Master in Hebrew Letters in 1987, and received her Doctorate of Divinity celebrating 25 years of service in 2013.

Rabbi Haim is involved in the full spectrum of congregational life, including life cycle events and holiday celebrations; supervision of various affiliate groups including The Temple Family Connections, The Temple Women's Association, and TING (The Temple's Next Generation). The former Regional Outreach Director for the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, Northeast Lakes Council, Rabbi Haim maintains a commitment to interfaith families and guides individuals through the conversion process. Additionally, Rabbi Haim has organized the Adult B'nai Mitzvah biennially since 1996.

A past president of the Greater Cleveland Board of Rabbis, she currently serves as a member of several boards of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, and the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland for community planning, and The Cleveland Jewish News. Beyond the Cleveland Jewish community, Rabbi Haim is a founding member of the Rabbinic Placement Committee Mentoring Program of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. She also serves on the CCAR Liturgy and Reform Jewish Practices Committee. A strong supporter of Israel, Rabbi Haim is a member national and local boards of AIPAC and Vice President of National Rabbinic Board of Israel Bonds. Since 2006, Rabbi Haim has led a congregational family trip to Israel every other year. Rabbi Haim spearheaded our involvement in the Gay Games 2014; leads interfaith seders for The AJC, and is a participant on many interfaith panels and gatherings. Of particular interest are the Turkish and Latino communities because of her Turkish family heritage and fluency with Ladino (a Spanish dialect spoken by Turkish Jews).

A product of the Reform Movement, Rabbi Haim was on the leadership staff of Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute Camp, Wisconsin, and Brandeis Bardin Camp Alonim, California, and Israel year abroad with Machon Greenberg program. During her educational years at HUC, Rabbi Haim served student pulpits in Snellville, GA; Hudson, OH and Seminole, OK; and was the HUC Youth Programmer from 1986-88.

Rabbi Haim was born and raised in Galesburg, Illinois, and attended University of Georgia, Columbus campus. Rosie and her husband, Marshall Barron, are the proud parents of Shira Barron, and reside in Beachwood, Ohio.

Rabbi Roger C. Klein

RKleinPhoto2012smallerRabbi Roger C. Klein received his B.A. from Dartmouth College and earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Chicago with a dissertation on Plato. He was ordained by The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion where he also received a Master of Hebrew Letters degree. He studied for a year at The University of Tubingen in Germany as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow and for a year at The Pardes Institute in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Klein has served congregations in Indiana and Columbus, Ohio and has taught at The University of Kentucky, Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and at The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem. He has lectured widely at synagogues, churches and universities around the country on Bible, Jewish Thought, Jewish Philosophy and Jewish History, Christian-Jewish Relations, Jewish Humor, and Music. He also presents pre-concert talks for The Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and The Cleveland Chamber Music Society.

Dedicated to lifelong learning, Rabbi Klein plays a pivotal role in The Temple's adult learning programs and conducts a well-attended Torah Study class every Shabbat morning. In addition, he cultivates relationships with other religious and educational institutions in Cleveland and around the country. He is intensely involved in the congregation's life-cycle events, works closely with individuals and families, and oversees The Temple Brotherhood, The Temple Seniors, Adult Learning, and The Temple's Caring Congregation Initiative.

Rabbi Klein joined The Temple-Tifereth Israel as a full-time rabbi in July 1999 after serving part-time for six years while teaching at The Laura and Alvin Siegal College of Judaic Studies.

Rabbi Klein grew up in Shaker Heights and graduated from Shaker Heights High School. He played varsity baseball in high school and in college and is a life-long, avid tennis player. He has three grown children and two grandchildren.

Rabbi Stacy Schlein

Schlein120pxRabbi Stacy Schlein brings a passion for learning and hands-on experiences to all the work she does throughout our congregation. She has been teaching for over twenty years in both formal and informal settings. Rabbi Stacy Schlein joined our congregation in 2007 as Director of the Shabbaton – Weekly Family Education Program. A year later she began to oversee the Social Justice Initiatives. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of Greater Cleveland Congregations - a non- partisan coalition of faith communities and partner organizations in Cuyahoga County working together to build power for social justice.

Immediately after Rabbinical School she worked for two years as the Rabbi of Chavurat Tikvah in Rye, New York. After returning to Cleveland in 2003, she served as a Chaplain for The Jewish Federation of Cleveland and led Reform Prayer Services at Stone Gardens Assisted Living Residence and Wiggins Place. A native Clevelander, Rabbi Schlein graduated from Indiana University in 1994 with a B.A. in Journalism and Sociology and a Certificate in Jewish Studies. In 2001, she was ordained at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. She served as rabbinic intern in Beachwood, Ohio; South Bend, Indiana; New York, New York; and Rye, New York.

She also has served as a consultant to children's author Jean Marzollo for her series of books on the bible and had a story published in Three Times Chai: 54 Rabbis Tell Their Favorite Stories by Laney Katz-Becker. Rabbi Schlein enjoys biking, running, swimming and most of all spending time with her husband Jeremy Sosin and three beautiful children.

Cantor Kathryn Wolfe Sebo

ksebo120Cantor Kathryn Wolfe Sebo joined the clergy staff as the inaugural cantor of The Temple - Tifereth Israel in July 1999. Cantor Sebo has served as a cantor since 1985 and studied with renowned hazzan, Dr. Max Wohlberg (of blessed memory) of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Cincinnati's Conservatory of Music. In addition to her ongoing pulpit responsibilities, Cantor Sebo oversees the B'nai Mitzvah program and teaches in The Temple Religious School. She officiates in life cycle events and coordinates with the rabbis to develop and implement The Temple's musical programming and liturgical needs for worship services. Cantor Sebo can be heard on The Temple - Tifereth Israel's recordings, "Songs of Shabbat", "Songs of The High Holy Days" and "Rock My Soul Shabbat." Her serene voice and caring manner spiritually transcends through prayer. Cantor Kathy is married to Rommie Sebo. They are the proud parents of Zachary, Joshua, Rebecca and David.


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