ST. LOUIS, MO –Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh joined the Temple Emanuel community as its senior rabbi, effective June 1, 2013.

Rabbi Hersh comes to TE with a wealth of experience, most recently serving as Chaplain for St. Louis Jewish Family and Children’s Service. Rabbi Hersh has literally spanned the world in her rabbinate, serving as Rabbi, Director of Hebrew and Religious School, and Director of Education at Temples in Sydney and Perth, Australia. Prior to her service in Australia, Rabbi Hersh served as Rabbi at United Hebrew Congregation in St. Louis for 10 years.

“As other area congregations talk about merging and growing their congregant base, Temple Emanuel remains committed to being the area’s only intimate, community-driven Reform congregation,” said Steve Strauss, President of Temple Emanuel. “Since the inception of Temple Emanuel over 50 years ago, it has been important to our congregation to limit our membership so that we’ll never lose that all- important feeling of family within our sanctuary walls.”

Rabbi Hersh added: “Temple Emanuel is a diverse congregation, whose size allows for a unique intimacy. I understand the importance of strong and meaningful relationships and am excited about getting to know each and every member personally. I love being a rabbi and look forward to serving the membership of Temple Emanuel.”

Rabbi Joseph R. Rosenbloom, who has served TE for the past 52 years, will resume his permanent position of Rabbi Emeritus and Senior Scholar, while continuing to remain an important part of the community. “I am confident that our congregation is in the best possible hands,” said Rosenbloom of Hersh. “Elizabeth has all the marvelous qualities that this group of congregants needs: empathy, passion, and a strong knowledge of the Jewish Faith.”

Rabbi Hersh was ordained by Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, and she holds a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters. She is married to Robert Kleinlehrer, and they are the proud parents of a son.

ABOUT TEMPLE EMANUEL: Temple Emanuel St. Louis is a community of people searching for God’s presence through sacred action within the framework of progressive Reform Judaism. It is a broad and open congregation, welcoming all kinds and styles of families and individuals. The members of TE are committed to lifelong Jewish learning; warm, meaningful, and participatory worship; and an intimate scale that allows them to know one another personally. For more information, call (314) 432-5877.