Rabbi Kenneth Carr

RabbikenRabbi Ken Carr, a native of Massachusetts, comes to Temple Chayai Shalom with fifteen years of experience as Rabbi of Congregation Or Ami in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania. He had previously served as Associate Rabbi at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, California. Following his undergraduate studies in psychology at Harvard, he earned a Masters Degree in Jewish Education while pursuing his rabbinical training at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. As a student rabbi, he served small congregations in Alberta and North Dakota, and coordinated programming for high school and college youth from across the country. He received a Wexner Foundation Graduate Fellowship for leadership, as well as awards in sermon delivery and academic achievement, and was ordained in 1996.

In his congregational life in Pennsylvania, he focused on creating warm and participatory services, developing lifelong learning, and strengthening community both inside and outside of the congregation. Rabbi Ken worked with the Education Director to provide many opportunities to meet the community’s goal of enhancing adult and family learning. He helped build the congregational community through exciting programming; among other adventures, he re-established a congregational culture of missions to Israel, alternating adult trips and family trips approximately every other year.

While in Pennsylvania, he developed connections with the broader community through involvement in interfaith activities, serving as the convener of the Plymouth-Whitemarsh Interfaith Ministerium and partnering in the creation of a multifaith social justice advocacy network.

Since he grew up in the Boston area, Rabbi Ken is a lifelong fan of the Boston sports teams!

He and his wife Rebecca have two children, 19-year-old Ari and 17-year-old Hanna, along with their dog Rafi.

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