Meet & Greet Rabbinic Candidate: Rabbi Jack Sherratt

Our first candidate for permanent rabbi of Temple Sinai is Rabbi Jack Sherratt.

Rabbi Sherratt will be with us this Thursday, February 15 – Saturday, February 17.

Rabbi Sherratt is currently the Rabbinic Intern at Congregation Emanuel of the Hudson Valley. He will receive his ordination from the Hebrew Union College-JIR this May. In addition to a Master in Arts in Hebrew Letters from HUC, Rabbi Sherratt is a licensed psychotherapist with a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto with advanced clinical training from New York University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. He describes himself as “a rabbi whose dream it is to build sanctuary in community through accessibility (with intention and by design); a rabbi who honors the past with a forward-facing responsibility to the present (however painful the present may be); a rabbi who can hold what’s hard, help fix what’s broken and, with unflinching optimism, celebrate joyously.” Rabbi Sherratt sees himself as a “builder,” both spiritually and literally (he is also an accomplished woodworker). Aware of the needs and demands of a smaller congregation like Temple Sinai, he told the committee, “It’s not Shabbat if I’m not setting up tables!” He sees music as an essential part of prayers but adds that as a rabbi he is “hoping not to sing alone but to sing along.”

You can learn more about Rabbi Jack Sherratt from his website, Read his resume here.

We invite all members of the Temple Sinai community to meet Rabbi Sherratt this weekend. A full schedule was included in the weekly announcements.

We invite you to attend as many sessions as your schedule allows. We understand that not all members will be able to be present at services, so we encourage you to attend the sessions fit your schedules.

We are eager to hear from you about the candidates we are bringing to Temple Sinai. Please email Michael Marx, chair of the Search Committee (, and Beth Sabo Novik, Temple Sinai president (, with your comments, impressions and questions. And, of course, if you have any questions or concerns about the Search process or the individual candidates, please contact Michael or Beth.