Meet Our Clergy
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.