There’s a new senior rabbi at Temple Beth Orr in Coral Springs.
Rabbi Marci Bloch, who became the senior rabbi at Temple Beth Orr on July 1, said regarding her new leadership position, “I’m really excited about this opportunity to bring my heart and my passion for Judaism and my love of people to this community.
I’m looking forward to us all growing together.”
Before her assuming her new role at the synagogue, Bloch, 43, served as the associate rabbi at Congregation B’nai Israel in Boca Raton for 12 years. At B’nai Israel, she was involved in all aspects of congregational life, including pastoral care, Jewish healing, creative ritual, religious school, b’nai mitzvah, teen programs and the early childhood center. She also served as the assistant rabbi at Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation in Indiana for two years. Ordained through Hebrew Union College, Bloch also has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan.
Bloch, who is passionate about family education, adult learning and working with youth, said she’s received a positive reception since becoming the synagogue’s senior rabbi.
“Congregants have been very warm, loving and welcoming. It’s been wonderful.”
Bloch said, regarding her goals for the congregation, “My goals are really to help the congregation grow in their souls and help them to really be the beauty and wonder in Judaism.”
Bloch said she learned so much in her 12 years as associate rabbi at B’nai Israel and grew a tremendous amount there.
“I had wonderful opportunities there to try all kinds of new programs, be creative and to try new forms of worship and new forms of learning.”
Bloch feels her experiences throughout her rabbinical career have helped prepare her for her new role.
“I think all of my experiences combined at Congregation B’nai Israel and at the congregation in Indiana were all stepping stones to get me here. I’ve had really wonderful senior rabbis who have taught me different things and I’ve learned a great deal from each one of them, which will help me to decide what kind of leader I will be.”
Rabbi Robert Silvers, B’nai Israel’s senior rabbi, said, “I am extremely proud and delighted for Rabbi Bloch that she has her own congregation.
She is extremely qualified for this position. I would like to think that the years she spent at Congregation B’nai Israel have prepared her well for her new position. She will be a real asset for Temple Beth Orr. She is compassionate, loving and caring. She is extremely well-organized and she brings with her great talent and a deep abiding love and passion for Judaism and the Jewish people.”
Silvers also noted, “I fully expect Rabbi Bloch to not just succeed in her new position, but to excel in it. She will be a true blessing for Temple Beth Orr.”
Bloch described her inspiration to becoming a rabbi.
“I love being Jewish and rabbi means teacher, and I think at the core of what I do is I teach others about how Judaism can bring so much meaning to your life and really help people lead deeper more meaningful lives with, God willing, joy. What I love about being a rabbi is walking with people on their journey, literally sometimes holding their hands and helping them and hearing their stories.”
Bloch said she has been really blessed to have wonderful mentors and teachers who have helped her to become the rabbi she is today.
“I would say that my greatest inspiration is my mom, who is a retired Jewish educator, who taught me at a very young age how fulfilling Judaism can be when you embrace it.”
Visit templebethorr.org or call 954-753-3232 for more information on the synagogue.