Rabbi Matthew Berger was drawn to Temple Emanuel because of its proud and distinguished history as a leading congregation in the Reform Movement.
A native of New England and an avid Red Sox fan, Rabbi Berger was raised in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, where his family affiliated with Sinai Temple, a Reform congregation. Rabbi Berger attended Emory University in Atlanta,Georgia where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. In May 2003,he was ordained as a rabbi by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Instituteof Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Prior to his appointment at Temple Emanuel, Rabbi Berger served for six years as the Associate Rabbi of Temple Chai in Long Grove, Illinois.
He is an accomplished musician and composes Jewish liturgical music with voice and guitar. Rabbi Berger comes to Worcester with his wife Ida, son Avi and daughter Meital. Most importantly, he is thankful to have found a calling in which he feels at home. He believes it is an honor to serve as an integral link in the chain of Jewish tradition and serve as the spiritual leader of Temple Emanuel Sinai.
Rabbi Berger is nurtured and sustained by the love of his spouse, Ida and his two children, Avi and Meital.
Cantor Kim Singer is delighted to be serving Temple Emanuel Sinai, and looks forward to blending the congregation’s musical legacies, and to building harmony both on and off the bimah.
Before embarking on her career in Jewish music and education in the late 1980s, Kim was a founding member of World Mother Goose Children’s Theater in the Seattle area. Indeed, it was this experience that led to her being tapped to fill a vacancy in a first grade religious school classroom, setting the stage for her decision to enter the cantorate.
Kim makes good use of her theater background writing Purim Shpiels and conducting Tot Shabbat services with a precocious brown bear named Kimbu. She directs our volunteer choir and Friday Night Live band. She is also an accomplished composer, whose work ranges from original children’s music to pieces for choir, organ and flute, and often incorporates melodies from traditional nusach and cantillation.
Kim has been active in the Guild of Temple Musicians and the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education, serving in positions at the national level in both organizations. She has taught and performed at national Jewish education and cantorial conferences.
Kim is a native of Seattle, WA, and holds a Bachelors degree in Drama from the University of Washington. She has served a number of congregations in Washington, Florida and Massachusetts over the past 20+ years. Her Cantorial Ordination, Masters of Jewish Education and Certificate in Family Education are from Hebrew College. In 2010 she was awarded the title of Reform Jewish Educator (RJE) which recognizes excellence in synagogue education within the Reform movement.