Clergy Bio

Rabbi Jonathan Kraus


Rabbi Jonathan Kraus
was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in 1989 and has been the Rabbi of Beth El Temple Center since 1994.   A child of the Reform Movement who grew up in its synagogues and programs, Rabbi Kraus was deeply influenced by the Union for Reform Judaism’s (URJ) summer camps, its youth movement (NFTY) and its Religious Action Center in Washington, D.C.  All are programs he continues to support enthusiastically as a rabbi.  A longtime song leader, composer and musician, Rabbi Kraus also has been nourished by his great love for and involvement with Jewish music.  All those experiences, combined with several, transformative opportunities to visit and live in Israel, have been among the most defining influences on his Jewish identity and rabbinate.

Rabbi Kraus’ vision for Beth El is of a warm, welcoming and vibrant Jewish religious community that does its best to express the values of Judaism in every area of its life.  He believes that the congregation’s shared life is always at its best when firmly rooted in a creative, highly participatory and deeply felt embrace of Jewish religious learning and living.  Whether wrestling with profound questions of meaning, working for social justice, nurturing strong and sustaining relationships, singing, celebrating, creating, laughing, grieving, eating, praying, learning, healing or just wondering together, Rabbi Kraus’ highest aspiration is to help lead a holy Jewish community.


Cantor Louise Treitman

treitman-HC-2012-smallI look forward to meeting many of you over the next weeks and months. And I hope you will say hello and forgive me if I don't remember everyone's name right away. As I prepare to join you at Beth El, I am also preparing for my second High Holy Days as the Spiritual Leader at Shir Hadash in Florence, Italy. This small congregation became part of the World Union for Progressive Judaism in 2003 when a group of Italians and Americans sought an alternative to the Orthodox community in Florence.


Stay tuned for a bio of Cantor Treitman when she returns from Florence.


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