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Oak Park Temple Clergy

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Max Weiss, Rabbi

Max Weiss and his family came to the Oak Park Temple community in 2009. Ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1997, he has served congregations in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania and Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Rabbi Weiss currently serves as Chair of the Rabbinic Advisory committee of Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute and is active in interfaith dialogue and community outreach programs. He has particular interest in lifelong Jewish education and is passionate about American Jewish history. If you would like to schedule an appointment to talk, please email Rabbi Max Weiss or call the Temple office.

Daniel Kirzane, Assistant Rabbi

Rabbi Daniel Kirzane was ordained from Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in May, 2014. He has previously served The Temple, Congregation B'nai Jehudah in Overland Park, KS and Congregation Beth Haverim Shir Shalom, in Mahwah, NJ.

 In addition to his rabbinic ordination, Rabbi Kirzane received a Master’s Degree in Hebrew Letters (2013), a Master’s Degree in Religious Education (2012), and wrote his rabbinical thesis on: “Making Magic: Ritual in Reform Jewish Education.”

Rabbi Kirzane was recognized by HUC-JIR for his scholarship and commitment to social justice issues through numerous fellowships. Among his rabbinical school awards and prizes are: Rabbi Samuel J. Levinson Prize for Interest and Achievement in Religion and Humanities, Rabbi Bernard M. Cohen Award for Ecumenical Studies, Anselm Rothschild Memorial Prize in Talmud, Martin Berman Memorial Prize for Proficiency in Philosophy, Rabbi Malcolm Stern Memorial Prize for Contributing to the Campus, and Herman Snyder Alumni Prize for Academic Excellence. Email Rabbi Kirzane.

Julie Yugend-Green, Cantor

Julie Yugend-Green appointed cantor of Oak Park Temple in 1997, holds a degree of Master of Sacred Music from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and was invested as Cantor in 1994. Cantor Yugend-Green has instituted dynamic programs of music and study including the establishment of Shalshelet – Oak Park Temple’s Council for Music and the Arts. She is committed to fostering our community’s relationship with Eretz Yisrael, and has led several congregational tours of Israel and Eastern Europe.  In 2013, Cantor Yugend-Green became a founding member of the West Suburban Chevra Kadisha, a partnership between Oak Park Temple B’nai Abraham Zion and West Suburban Temple Har Zion. Email Cantor Julie Yugend-Green.

Gary S. Gerson, Rabbi Emeritus

Gary S. Gerson served as Senior Rabbi from 1979 to 2009.  Reflecting on his tenure, he is most proud of having facilitated a vibrant congregational program of adult studies that culminated in the building of our adult learning center. With this as a backdrop, upon his assuming emeritus status, the Rabbi Gary S. Gerson Chair in Adult Education was created and endowed. Through this vehicle, Rabbi Gerson continues to serve the congregation with his courses in Jewish text, Jewish thought, and the foundational texts of the Jewish mystical tradition.  In addition, Rabbi Gerson continues to serve as a resource in other areas of congregational life.

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