Rabbi Dennis Ross
RABBI DENNIS S. ROSS is Intentional Interim Rabbi at Monroe Temple in Monroe, New York. He has served congregations in Manhattan, Chappaqua and Albany, New York, Washington, D.C., Potomac, Maryland, and Pittsfield and Worcester, Massachusetts.
Rabbi Ross is author of When a Lie Is Not a Sin: The Hebrew Bible’s Framework for Deciding (Jewish Lights), All Politics Is Religious: Speaking Faith to the Media, Policy Makers and Community (SkyLight Paths), and God in Our Relationships: Spirituality between People from the Teachings of Martin Buber(Jewish Lights). He has written for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Forward, and other publications.
He directs Concerned Clergy for Choice at Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts and he serves on the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Clergy Advocacy Board.
Rabbi Ross graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School with a specialty in architectural design and drawing, earned a B. A. in Psychology from Queens College of the City University of New York, and an M. A. in Hebrew Literature and rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. He is a Licensed Clinical Social worker with the Master of Social Work degree from New York University and the Primary Certificate in Rational-Emotive Therapy from the Albert Ellis Institute. An honorary Doctor of Divinity from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion recognized his advocacy for reproductive rights and stem cell research.
He has taught at Hebrew Union College, Williams College and was an Associate of the Faculty of the University of Massachusetts Medical School where he taught bio-medical ethics. He is a media consultant on religion and the media, and travels frequently to speak about ethics, spiritually, reproductive rights, and church-state separation.
His website is www.DennisRoss.net.
A Message From Rabbi Ross
I’ve just started at Monroe Temple and I look forward to us getting to know each other as our congregation enters a new and exciting era!
It has been a delight to be so warmly welcomed to the Temple, where I have been impressed by your commitment to building and sustaining a vibrant Reform Jewish community for the greater Monroe area. Even as visitors and guests are invited to “come as you are” and check us out, our social, educational, cultural and religious programs serve our members so very well. I am particularly taken by the Temple’s programs for children, from our MentschMakers pre-school to Torah School and Torah Academy for teens.
Please make an appointment to come in and see me by being in touch through RabbiRoss@MonroeTemple.org. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn — we can come to get to know each other so very many different ways. And whether you are new to the community or have been here for a while, please join us at Shabbat services or one of our many other programs.
I look forward to our time together!
Rabbi Emeritus, Garry Loeb
Our Rabbi is our teacher and spiritual leader. He is available to every congregant for counseling and and guidance on religious matters and other issues. with our Temple leadership and Auxilliary groups, our Office Staff, our Torah School principal, our Mentsch Makers pre-school, and our Temple committees. The Rabbi guides us in the conduct of worship services and life cycle events. He is our primary teaching resource.Rabbi Loeb came to Monroe Temple Beth-El in the summer of 1985 with his wife, Jewish educator Sorel Goldberg Loeb, and their son and daughter. Prior to our hiring a Cantor in 2000, Rabbi Loeb served in the dual capacity of Rabbi and Cantor, encouraging congregational participation in all services, including Tot Shabbat and Young People’s Congregation. In 2003 he was honored by the congregation with a gala weekend celebration in honor of his Chai Anniversary with our Temple. In 2005 he was elected President of the Regional Rabbinic Association and to a seat on the Board of Trustees of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. In 2010, Rabbi Loeb was once again honored with another gala weekend celebrating his 25th or Silver Anniversary with our Temple. A native of Toronto, Canada, Rabbi Loeb was ordained in 1981 at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. After 25 years of service as a rabbi, the college awarded him an honorary doctor of divinity degree in 2006. As Reform Judaism changes and grows, he has kept our congregation at the forefront of the Reform movement’s re-embracement of tradition; he has encouraged us to develop a thoughtful balance between Reform philosophy and traditional custom and ritual. Rabbi Loeb retired on June 30, 2016.