Today is March 11, 2014 - 9 Adar 5774
of Westport, Weston and Wilton
30 Hillspoint Road · Westport, CT 06880
Phone: (203) 454-4673 · Fax: (203) 454-8888
In This Section
Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn
Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn began serving as the spiritual leader of The Conservative Synagogue in July, 2008. He dedicates his pulpit to building and fostering sacred community through inspirational teaching, gentle guiding, creative programming, meaningful relationships, and genuine leadership.
Rabbi Wiederhorn is passionate about supporting Israel. He encourages our community to “speak with our feet” and visit Israel often. In January, 2009, he mobilized an Emergency Mission to Israel in response to the missile strikes from Hamas in Gaza. Two larger missions in April, 2010 and 2012 brought over 80 members of our community together on a special 10-day family Israel experience of a lifetime.
Rabbi Wiederhorn is a teacher to all – he can be found sitting on the floor sharing stories with our youngest pre-school students, making sushi rolls with our teens while discussing kosher fish, or in a New York City office discussing Jewish business ethics with our members who commute.
Rabbi Wiederhorn remains active in the larger community, currently serving as the President of the Interfaith Clergy Association of Westport and Weston and sitting on the Rabbinic Cabinet of the Masorti Foundation.
Prior to The Conservative Synagogue, Rabbi Wiederhorn served as the rabbi of Midbar Kodesh Temple in Henderson, Nevada for eight years where he helped grow the young congregation to 300 families, started a Hevra Kadisha, and helped create the Solomon Schechter Day School of Las Vegas.
Rabbi Wiederhorn was raised in Southern California and is a former Regional President and Interim Director of Far West Region United Synagogue Youth. He earned a BA in Judaic Studies from the University of California, San Diego in 1994. He then received a Masters in Hebrew Letters from the University of Judaism in 1996. In May 2000, he earned another MA with his rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York.
Rabbi Wiederhorn is the proud husband of more than 18 years to Rebecca (Riki) and father to Meital (13 years), Ayelet (11 years), and Avi (8 years).
Cantor Laura Berman
Cantor Laura Berman joined The Conservative Synagogue in 2003 and since has made her home in Fairfield County. As shaliach tzibbur, Cantor Berman strives to create an atmosphere in our Shabbat and holiday services that is warm, inviting, and accessible, blending modern and traditional musical styles. Having a love for teaching, she is responsible for developing and managing our highly-regarded b’nei mitzvah program and works extensively with each student, helping to nurture confident and competent students who reach new heights in their Hebrew learning and synagogue skills. She is responsible for our youth and adult choirs, which help to lead the congregation at High Holiday services and perform at special programs in the synagogue and community. A highlight of Cantor Berman’s week is playing the guitar and singing with our preschool students. In addition, each month her women’s Rosh Hodesh group welcomes new faces to join in meaningful discussion about topics in our tradition.
In an effort to make the Jewish cultural arts more accessible to the community, in 2012 she co-founded the Jewish Cultural Arts Council and has since co-produced under its banner two successful programs, On a Chai Note and Genesis Jazzed!
She is a graduate of the H.L. Miller Cantorial School of The Jewish Theological Seminary where she earned a Masters Degree in Sacred Music and a Diploma of Hazzan, and was the recipient of several awards including the Richard H. Holzer Memorial Prize, awarded to a graduating senior who demonstrates excellence in Judaica. This follows a successful career in banking and finance, having earned an MBA from The Wharton School. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Cantor Berman grew up in a Conservative home and was active in her synagogue religious school, choir, and the greater Jewish community. She is the kvelling mother of Samuel.
Evan Ravski, Rabbinic Intern
Evan Ravski is currently in his third (of four) year of Rabbinic School at The Jewish Theological Seminary. Originally from Woodbridge, CT, he earned his BA in Judaic Studies from The George Washington University in 2005, and an MA in Jewish Education from JTS in 2007.
Evan has always had a passion for Jewish Education. After graduating with his MA, he taught at Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County for three years before moving to Jerusalem with his wife, Abby.
After returning to begin Rabbinical School, Evan began working at The Conservative Synagogue in 2010 as part of the Kehillah staff and leading High Holiday Youth Services. In 2011, Evan became the synagogue’s first Rabbinic Intern, working closely with Rabbi Wiederhorn as his mentor. As the Rabbinic Intern, he can often be found shadowing Rabbi Wiederhorn around the synagogue and at meetings, as well as working with B’nei Mitzvah students, Adult Education programs and on the bima a few Shabbatot each month.
Evan is very excited at having the opportunity to be part of, and learn so much, from the warm, welcoming and nurturing community of TCS. He knows that having the chance to be part of the clergy team and work with and meet so many congregants, as well as to learn from a very dynamic Rabbi, will be the highlight of his experience in Rabbinical School.
Both Evan and Abby are grateful to the TCS community for this experience and to the entire Wiederhorn family for generously opening their home to them so often and with such amity.