Rabbi Jeffrey Gale

rabbigaleRabbi Jeffrey Gale was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Upon graduation from University City High School, he attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He majored in Political Science and spent his junior year at the European Study Centre in Luxembourg. Upon graduating Cum Laude in 1975, he moved to London, England where he began his rabbinical studies at Leo Baeck College. During the give year rabbinical program, he also studied at Machon Pardes and Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

After ordination, Rabbi Gale served the Southend and District Reform Synagogue and the Settlement Synagogue. While in England, he served on the reform movement's music committee and on the Soviet Jewry Committee. His visits to the Soviet Union in 1981 and 1983 to visit refuseniks were highlights of his rabbinate in London.

Rabbi Gale returned to North America in 1984. For the next three years, he served Temple Beth Israel in Jackson, Michigan and the Jewish inmates at the State Prison of Southern Michigan. While in Jackson, he was an active member of the Kiwanis Club.

In the summer of 1988, Rabbi Gale moved to Winnipeg, Canada. Shortly after, he met his wife, Dr. Tsiporah Shore, and they were married in 1990. From 1988-1998, he served Temple Shalom, served several term positions at the local Jewish High School, and made occasional visits to Temple Beth Tikvah in Regina, Saskatchewan. In Winnipeg, Rabbi Gale was involved in numerous communal activities. Most notable were: Chaplaincy Committee of Jewish Child and Family Services, the Canadian Commission on Jewish Continuity, the Outreach Committee for Special needs Congregants, the Council of Winnipeg Rabbis, of which he was the President for two years, and the Jewish Community Council. Rabbi Gale arrived in Wantagh, New York in July, 1998. He served as the Rabbi of The Suburban Temple for the next eleven years. He was an active member of the Wantagh Clergy Council and served as its President for four years. He was honored in 1999 by the Nassau County Legislature for his work on interfaith relations throughout this area and Canada. He was also honored by the Council for American Islamic Relations. He was a member of the board of the Canavan Foundation, an organization which strives to prevent this Jewish genetic disease through education, research, and testing. Rabbi Gale has also continued to enjoy his interaction with children and young adults by serving on the faculty at Eisner and Crane Lake camps each year.

Rabbi Gale's wife, Dr. Tsiporah Shore, is a hematologist and oncologist. She is the Associate Director of the Blood and Bone Marrow Transplant Program of New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He has two children, Leanne, age 24, and Joshua, age 20. Leanne graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania in May, 2013. She is currently working a the National Council of Jewish Women in Washington, D.C. Joshua graduated from Solomon Schechter High School in June, 2013 and is currently enrolled at Emory University.

Rabbi Gale recently published a book entitled, The Ballad of East and West. Although it is classified as historical fiction, it is largely based on his Soviet Jewry work in the early 1980s. The book can be purchased on amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Google Play, Itunes, and Kobo.

Contact Rabbi Gale via email at REBJEFF2028@GMAIL.COM.

 

Student Cantor Robby Wittner

CantorRobbyWittnerRobby Wittner is a second-year cantorial student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. Robby grew up attending Hebrew Tabernacle, starting Hebrew school in third grade and continuing through the Hebrew high school. He began singing formally in elementary school and continued to sing in choirs for many years. He graduated from Hamilton College with a major in microbiology and minors in music and religious studies. During his time in college, he studied with the opera great Jon Fredric West and continued his voice studies in Israel with Jay Shir, a student of Hans Hotter. After a wonderful first year in Israel, Robby looks forward to leading the congregation in prayer and to continuing his studies.
 
Contact Cantor Wittner at wittner.rd@gmail.com.