• meira and gershon - Israel November 2013Rabbi Gershon Albert joins Beth Jacob Congregation of Oakland after finishing his rabbinic studies at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, of Yeshiva University, where he is continuing towards a master’s degree in Jewish philosophy at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies.

    Originally from Montreal, Canada, Rabbi Albert spent two years after high school studying in Jerusalem, where he developed his love of Jewish learning, davening (prayer), and spirituality. While in college at Yeshiva University, Rabbi Albert began working in synagogues, running a volunteer-based program called Yismichu that brought passionate Jewish students to teach and inspire smaller shuls in the greater New York area. It was in one of these synagogues that Rabbi Albert began teaching, speaking from the Bimah, and leading programming. While in Rabbinical school, he simultaneously worked as a Rabbinic Intern at Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future, and most recently as the Rabbinic Intern and Coordinator of Family Education at the Young Israel of Scarsdale.  

    Rabbi Albert is joined by his wife Meira, who grew up in Boca Raton, Florida. Meira is a licensed social worker, and before their move, worked as a community engagement associate at the Orthodox Union’s Department of Community Engagement, where she served as a consultant to synagogue youth professionals across North America.

    Both the Rabbi and Meira share a love and commitment to Jewish communal learning and living, as well as a love of music, reading, and nature. Rabbi Albert is an avid guitarist, and particularly enjoys blues, folk music, and classic rock. He also composes his own niggunim (Jewish devotionals) which he hopes to one day record in an album.

    Rabbi Albert believes in a warm and passionate Judaism, that is open to modernity as well as committed to tradition and halacha (Jewish Law). Judaism, as so beautifully experienced at Beth Jacob, is meant to be open and embracing. Following the tenure of the tremendously talented Rabbi Judah Dardik, Rabbi Albert strives to teach Torah in a way that is accessible to beginners as well as enlightening to long-time students as well. Along with Rabbi Daniel and Bryna Fox, they look forward to teaching, engaging, and creating deep bonds with the wonderful community that is Beth Jacob.

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    Bryna and Rabbi Daniel Fox joined the Beth Jacob community in 2013 and are well-loved as teachers, leaders and good friends.  Rabbi Fox has the unique ability to relate to and inspire all segments of  our community, from the youngest children in Gan Mah Tov, who he visits and teaches regularly, through the youth and adolescents of our congregation who he works with in Youth programming, right through the elder members who enjoy and benefit from his d'rashot, classes, and visits.  Bryna makes herself available to members of the community for guidance and support, and proudly manages a home which is open to the community.

    Rabbi Fox graduated from Yeshiva University and received his ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary.  Before coming to Oakland, Rabbi Fox served as the Rabbinic Intern at Congregation Keter Torah in his hometown, Teaneck, New Jersey for two years.  Bryna is a graduate of Stern College and is a Registered Nurse.  Bryna and Rabbi Fox are the proud parents of Rivka Neima, Yehoshua, Nachi and Yisrael.

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