Rabbi Block was ordained and awarded a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, OH in 1982, receiving numerous awards for academic distinction, writing, and sermonic excellence. Upon ordination, he was chosen Rabbi of Greenwich Reform Synagogue, Riverside CT. In 1986, he received the Humanitarian Award of the Council of Churches and Synagogues of Lower Fairfield County, CT, for community leadership "worthy of esteem and commendation" that "made a significant difference in his community and in our whole region."
Rabbi Block was Senior Rabbi of Congregation Beth Am, Los Altos Hills, CA, from 1987-1999. He received the Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco's 1999 "FAMMY" Award, "in appreciation of extraordinary caring and dedicated community service." Hebrew Union College conferred upon him an honorary doctorate in 2007 and, in 2008, Newsweek recognized him as "one of the top 25 pulpit rabbis in America."
Rabbi Block is the Immediate Past President of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), which represents more than 2000 Reform Rabbis throughout North America and beyond. It is the rabbinic leadership organization of Reform Judaism. In that capacity, he represented the CCAR on The Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, the Oversight Committee of the Union for Reform Judaism, and the Reform Movement's Pension Board. He served as president of the World Union for Progressive Judaism and the Greater Cleveland Board of Rabbis. He is a member of the executive committee of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. His many publications include Sacred Pilgrimage A Jewish Reflection on Life, Death and Eternity, and How I Wish I Could Fish!, a children's book.
Prior to his rabbinical studies, Rabbi Block graduated with honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal. He was a law clerk to a US District Court judge and served on active duty in the US Navy's Judge Advocate General's Corps, including a term as a Special Assistant US Attorney. He and Susie Block, a community volunteer, have been married since 1969. They have two sons, Joshua and Zachary, and are also blessed with two wonderful daughters-in-law, Kimberly and Rachel, and five delicious grandchildren: Jordan, Solomon, Jack, Walter and Marni.
Rabbi 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 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 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 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.