Today is October 1, 2014 - 7 Tishri 5775
of Westport, Weston and Wilton
30 Hillspoint Road · Westport, CT 06880
Phone: (203) 454-4673 · Fax: (203) 454-8888
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 (12 years), and Avi (9 years).
Cantor Luis Cattan
Cantor Cattan was the Cantor of Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus Miami, where he has served since 2008. Prior to 2008, he served for five years as Cantor of Cuban Hebrew Congregation of Miami. He has extensive experience in the Conservative Movement, where he is a member of the Executive Council of the Cantors Assembly and recently co-chaired the Cantors Assembly Annual Convention. He was born in Uruguay and, in addition to serving as a Cantor of a 1000 family community there, also held the position as head of the Latin America Desk of the World Zionist Organization Uruguay.
Cantor Cattan is married to Silvia, a Jewish educator and education psychologist. They have four children, Maia (17), Uri (14), Mili (13) and Ilai (4).
We are all very excited about Cantor Cattan joining our excellent professional staff as we move forward to ensure that our Congregation plays a meaningful role in each of our lives.
Evan Ravski, Rabbinic Intern
Evan Ravski is currently in his final 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.