Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D., is senior rabbi of Kehillat Israel Reconstructionist Congregation in Pacific Palisades, California. He is a nationally recognized expert in the field of moral education and is the recipient of numerous community awards, including the Micah Award for founding the largest full-service homeless shelter in Los Angeles. He is also a recipient of the Unsung Hero Award from the Youth Law Center in San Francisco.
Steven has contributed to a wide variety of publications as an author and composer. He has written numerous books, including Raising Children in a Contemporary World (1992); Raising Ethical Children (Prima Publishing, 1994), and Children of Character: Leading Your Children to Ethical Choices in Everyday Life (Canter & Associates, 1997), A Non-judgmental Guide to Interfaith Marriage (Xlibris Corporation, 2002), and There’s an Easter Egg on Your Seder Plate: Surviving Your Child’s Interfaith Marriage (Praeger Publishers, 2008). His latest book is Becoming Jewish – The Challenges, Rewards, and Paths to Conversion (2011 Rowman & Littlefield).
Steven holds two bachelor’s degrees, in philosophy and political science, from the University of California, Davis; a master’s degree in education from the University of Southern California; certification in aging and human development from the University of Georgia; a Ph.D. in religion from Sierra University; and two honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees. He was ordained in 1976 by the Hebrew Union College.
He also is past president of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California. Steven has served on the boards of many non-profit organizations, including Chrysalis, Global Children's Organization, I Have a Dream Foundation, and The Center for the Improvement of Child Caring.
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In addition to her pulpit work at KI, Rabbi Bernstein has a broad portfolio including teaching, working with the early childhood center, adult education, youth and Jewish Experience Center programs, sisterhood, Israel programming, all tikkun olam related committees and activities, seniors programming and more.
Rabbi Bernstein attended the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia for her rabbinic training which included one year as a visiting graduate student at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel.
Prior to coming to Los Angeles Rabbi Bernstein served as the rabbi of Temple Israel in Duluth, Minnesota for 13 years. As the only rabbi in the Northland Region Rabbi Bernstein represented the Jewish community to the greater Northland community. She served two terms as the President of the Arrowhead Interfaith Council and six years on the Board of Trustees of the College of St. Scholastica where she was also on the founding board of the Oreck/Alpern Interreligious Forum. She was a scholar in residence for the Jewish Chautauqua Society and lectured widely throughout the Northland.
Rabbi Bernstein lives in the Palisades with her partner, Judy, her daughter, Eliana, and their rescue Chihuahua, Olivia. She also enjoys performing and recording as part of the vocal trio Three Altos.
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In his quarter century as cantor of Kehillat Israel Reconstructionist Congregation, Chayim Frenkel has built an impressive career marked by a series of exceptional musical accomplishments. Blessed with a rich, warm tenor voice and an ability to nurture others' talents, Chayim has become a driving force in the world of modern Jewish music and cantorial practice, following in the very large footsteps of his late father, Hazzan Uri Frenkel.
Chayim has commissioned and produced numerous recordings, including "Nishmat Tzedek - A Righteous Soul," an orchestral and choral suite in honor of his brother Tzvi, of blessed memory. Chayim's dear friend, the acclaimed Cantor Meir Finkelstein, composed the work. The composition had its world premier at KI in 1994. Chayim and Meir expanded their recording into a book and compact disc package as a gift of healing to those who have lost loved ones in the ongoing terrorism that plagues our world.
In 1995, Chayim served as executive director of Cantor Finkelstein's moving oratorio, "Liberation," commemorating the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps.
In 1998, Chayim served as co-chair of the Cantors Assembly's celebration in honor of the State of Israel's 50th anniversary. As part of these festivities, he performed at Carnegie Hall and produced a concert in New York's Central Park, attended by over 10,000 people.
Cantor Frenkel sits on the board of directors of two worthy organizations: Promises Foundation and the local chapter of American Jewish Congress.
He lives in Pacific Palisades with his beloved wife, Marsi and two beautiful daughters, Mandi and Molli.
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