A graduate of Columbia College and ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary where he was a Wexner Graduate Fellow, David Lerner has served as the rabbi of Temple Emunah of Lexington for the last eight years. He brings a unique blend of warmth, outreach, energetic teaching, intellectual rigor and caring for all ages.
Since joining the Temple Emunah family, Rabbi Lerner has focused on three areas: strengthening Shabbat offerings, new learning initiatives and community-building projects. Among these are: SYNAPLEX, monthly Carlebach Friday night services, Shabbatonim, meditation and yoga classes, Shabbat Minhah singing and learning, adult classes on Psalms, the Siddur and the Prophets, Ikkarim for parents of young children, the CJP camping initiative, Israel trips, informal educational opportunities, breakfast classes, lunch and learn sessions, learner's services and sports for teens and adults. He initiated a Sunday morning Family Education learning experience for 7th graders and their parents which includes prayer and study ("Texts and Traditions," a textbook and course he authored). He performed the first same-sex aufruf and wedding in the congregation. Through the use of Skype, Rabbi Lerner initiated a program where Jews from around the world can participate in Temple Emunah's daily minyan, reciting the Mourner's Kaddish.
Rabbi Michael Mauricio Fel is proud to serve as the Associate Rabbi of Temple Emunah. Originally from Miami, Florida, Rabbi Fel earned a bachelor's degree in Business from the University of Miami. He went on to receive his ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary where he learned as a Schusterman Rabbinic Fellow and earned a Master's Degree in Midrash and Scriptural Interpretation.
Through his varied work with children and adults, Rabbi Fel has led community service missions to Buenos Aires, Argentina; Muchucuxcah, Mexico (pronounced Mucha-kooch-ka); Philadelphia; Washington DC and New Orleans. In addition to his work in the community, Rabbi Fel also regularly updates his Twitter account: TheTweetedTorah, through which he teaches Torah to over 275 individuals on a daily basis. For four summers, Rabbi Fel worked at Camp Ramah in Nyack, NY where he served as the camp's Program Director and the Director of Woodworking.
Rabbi Fel and his wife, Shayna (past NERUSY president), enjoy cooking, cycling, speaking Spanish (Rabbi Fel's family is from Argentina) and exploring the outdoors.
Feel free to schedule an appointment to learn with or schmooze with Rabbi Fel.