Rabbi David Katz

Interim Rabbi

Rabbi David Katz began his tenure as intentional interim rabbi of Temple Sinai on July 1, 2023.

Katz was ordained in 1981 and received a Doctor of Divinity degree from Hebrew Union College in 2006. He has served in rabbinical and academic roles for more 40 years, the last 12 as an interim rabbi, most recently at Temple Concord in Syracuse, N.Y. and B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation in Albany.

He has written numerous articles and is the co-author of “Reading Between the Lines: New Stories from the Bible.” He served on committees that developed Mishkan T”filah, the newest Reform Judaism prayer book, published in 2007 and used widely throughout North America.  Katz is one of the pioneer practitioners of the interim rabbi program. Temple Sinai is his 10th interim posting.

Rabbi Linda & Rabbi Jonathan – photo courtesy Linda Maney

Co-Rabbis Emeriti

Rabbis Linda Motzkin and Jonathan Rubenstein retired at the end of 2022 from their positions as co-rabbis of Temple Sinai after 36½ years of job-sharing. During their tenure at Temple Sinai, they founded Bread and Torah (www.BreadandTorah.org), offering creative, hands-on learning experiences that combine traditional Jewish scribal arts and bread-making with Jewish spiritual teachings and practices.

Rabbi Linda is one of a handful of women in the world trained as a soferet (scribe) and the only one who is making her own parchment for the Torah scroll she is writing. She founded the Community Torah Project (www.breadandtorah.org/community-torah-project), a long-term educational endeavor to produce a Torah scroll involving the hands-on participation of people of all ages. Through her teaching programs, she has brought the process of making a Torah scroll to Jewish communities across the country and internationally, enabling individuals of all ages and abilities to participate in various steps in the making of a Torah scroll, such as processing deerskins donated from local hunters into parchment panels, proofreading letters on completed panels, and stitching fully proofread panels together.

Rabbi Jonathan, a bread maker and baking teacher, is known for offering workshops on how to make challah, bagels, sweet doughs (such as babka), and other breads from a Jewish spiritual perspective.  Rabbi Jonathan founded a non-profit, charitable bakery, Slice of Heaven Breads, which continues to operate out of Temple Sinai’s kitchen. 805-494-3648