By: Sharon Aron Baron
Reform Synagogue Temple Beth Orr of Coral Springs welcomes a new Rabbi July 1.
Rabbi Laura Rappaport, who will be leading their congregation and her first service at Temple Beth Orr, will be held via zoom on Friday, July 3, 2020.
Rabbi Rappaport served as the Associate Rabbi and Educator at Temple B’nai Shalom in Fairfax, Virginia, where she shared her passion for Jewish growth, learning, and values. She has a background as a pulpit rabbi, a Director of Congregational Learning, a board-certified hospital chaplain, a director of nonprofits, an adjunct college faculty member, an educator for all ages in many settings, and the mother of two.
Michael Koss, President of Temple Beth Orr, said that Rabbi Rappaport has been described as “very caring, welcoming, and gets involved with each member of the congregation.”
Congregants from her former Temple say, “She is very easy to talk to, and she has a great ability to connect with people of all ages” and “she makes Torah relatable, and she makes Judaism relevant to her audience.”
Rabbi Rappaport grew up in rural Northwest New Jersey and received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She received her M.A.H.L. and Rabbinic Ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (Jerusalem and Cincinnati campuses).
She has also completed Masters’ level courses in Bioethics from Rush University and the University of Washington and Doctoral level courses in Jewish Studies from Spertus College in Chicago.
Rabbi Rappaport has two daughters, Tanya and Rosa. Tanya is a Registered Dietician, working for a nonprofit in Seattle that advocates for a socially equitable and ecologically-sound food system. Rosa is an Environmental Resource Engineer, currently living in Tel Aviv.
She enjoys running, working out, indie, alternative music, listening to The Moth and This American Life, hiking, occasionally playing the hammered dulcimer, and discovering cultural, educational, artistic experiences that seem cool, quirky and interesting.
Rabbi Rappaport replaces Rabbi Marci Bloch, who began leading the Temple in 2017.
Temple Beth Orr is a multi-generational and multi-ethnic community, made up of singles, couples, and interfaith and gay and lesbian families located at 2151 Riverside Drive Coral Springs, FL 33071.
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