Today is December 11, 2013 - 8 Tevet 5774
of Westport, Weston and Wilton
30 Hillspoint Road · Westport, CT 06880
Phone: (203) 454-4673 · Fax: (203) 454-8888
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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. In April, 2010, 43 members of our community joined him on a special 10-day family Israel experience of a lifetime. He is currently planning the next TCS Israel Experience for April, 2012.
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.
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 16 years to Rebecca (Riki) and father to Meital (11 years), Ayelet (9 years), and Avi (6 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.