Rabbi Micah Becker-Klein

Rabbi Micah Becker-Klein

About Rabbi Micah 

Here is some background about Rabbi Micah Becker-Klein before he became full time Rabbi at Temple Beth El.

Rabbi Micah Becker-Klein grew up in Blue Bell, PA, where he was active in his local Conservative synagogue and in the youth group where he served as regional president for United Synagogue Youth.

Following a one-year study in Israel, he enrolled in the joint program at the Jewish Theological Seminary and Columbia University. After graduating with honors in 1993, Rabbi Becker-Klein’s love of music and love of Israel brought him to Jerusalem, where he began graduate studies in ethnomusicology with a focus on Jewish liturgical music in the United States.

When he returned to the U.S., he taught and led singing and services in a number of synagogues, summer camps, day schools, and community centers throughout the North East. In 1995 he became one of the original members of "Shabbat Unplugged," a musical troupe formed in Philadelphia.

Rabbi Becker-Klein’s grounding in Judaism combined with his belief in the Reconstructionist movement, led to his decision in 1995 to attend the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia.

As assistant editor for the High Holy Day Prayerbook published by the Reconstructionist Press, Micah's musical and liturgical leadership have inspired hundreds of Jews to enter the world of Jewish prayer and song throughout North America, Europe, Israel, and Africa. Micah's music and songwriting embraces the Jewish Reconstructionist spirit by bringing new melodies and contemporary meaning to ancient sentiments and Jewish life.

Rabbi Micah has taught at Keene State College, and served as an advisor to the Keene State Holocaust Education Center. Followng his stint at Keene, he was the director of Jewish Life and Education at the Springfield Jewish Community Center in Springfield, MA. In addition, Rabbi Micah helped launch Camp JRF and currently serves on the Camp JRF board as the RRA representative.

 

Sun, 26 February 2017 30 Shevat 5777