Rabbi Jason Holtz
Rabbi Holtz became Temple Kehillat Chaim's rabbi upon Rabbi Winokur's retirement in June of 2018. He served at Bromley Reform Synagogue in the UK from autumn 2013 through spring of 2018. Before that,
he was the associate rabbi at Temple Emanu-El in Tucson, Arizona. He was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2010. He is a member of both the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the Assembly of Reform Rabbis, UK.
Rabbi Holtz is caring, committed and progressive-minded. He believes that the best synagogues focus on creating and strengthening relationships in their communities.
Rabbi Emeritus Harvey Winokur
Rabbi Winokur founded Temple Kehillat Chaim in 1982. Born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island and in Buffalo, he received his B.A. at the SUNY at Buffalo, and his M.A. and Ordination at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a Facilitator/Trainer for Prepare-Enrich (www.prepare-enrich.com), a premarital/marital needs assessment organization. Rabbi Winokur is also a Jewish Spiritual Director (www.jewishspiritualdirection.com) and a Trainer/Facilitator for The Mussar Institute (www.mussarinstitute.org).
After forty two years as a rabbi, thirty six of which were at Temple Kehillat Chaim, Rabbi Winokur retired in June of 2018. He is our first Rabbi Emeritus, and continues to contribute to our congregation.
Alan Abrams, President
I enjoyed the incredible privilege to co-found our synagogue with Rabbi Winokur in 1982 and then serve as our first president.
Thirty-eight years later, I am humbled and excited to be entrusted as our temple’s president during these turbulent and unprecedented times. The community of life that Harvey and I envisioned all those years ago is what Temple Kehillat Chaim is today – vibrant, inclusive and supportive of each other, and welcoming to all to join, no matter their income, their sexual identity, their race, or the religion of their spouse!