Rabbi Jesse Gallop
Monroe Temple Beth-El, Monroe, NY is pleased to announce the arrival of our new spiritual leader, Rabbi Jesse M. Gallop. Rabbi Gallop was ordained at Hebrew Union College in May 2008. Rabbi Gallop is joined by his husband Rabbi Andrew A. Goodman, and their twin toddlers Parker and Holden.
Rabbi Gallop has extensive experience working with Jewish youth and families. He has a great desire to engage families to live Judaism in ways that are empowering and relevant. “Judaism’s strength is that it has a tool box of traditions and customs that have supported and strengthened generations, regardless of diversity, experiences, and nationalities.” His philosophy is that Reform Judaism is about helping individuals and families make personal choices while also being engaged as a community. In the 20th century a synagogue needs to be a ‘big tent;’ open to all who want to partake.
Rabbi Gallop’s rabbinic career has focused on welcoming all types of Jewish families, especially those who might not have felt at home in synagogue life a couple generations ago, like single-parents, interfaith couples, and LGBT individuals and families. He likes to explain, “What was at one time called ‘inter-faith families’ should be considered today as ‘modern Jewish families.’” He is committed to making sure Jews of diverse backgrounds feel at home at Monroe Temple.
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Erev Rosh Hashanah Rosh Hashanah Day 1 Rosh Hashanah Day 2 Kol Nidre Yom Kippur
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.