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Rabbi Brian I. Michelson has served our congregation since 1998. He is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, earned his Master’s degree in 1990, and was ordained in 1992 at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, OH. Before joining RCOS, he served for six years as rabbi for Temple Beth Israel in Melbourne, Australia. He began teaching religious school at sixteen and his passion for the classroom, with students of all ages, has not changed.
Rabbi Michelson is heavily involved in the broader Berks County Community. He serves as the immediate past chair of Home Healthcare Management, the parent organization for Berks Visiting Nurse Association, the Visiting Nurse Association of Pottsville and Vicinity, and Advantage Homecare. He is a board member for the Berks Youth Chorus and is very involved in interfaith programming and represents the Jewish community at a wide variety of community functions. Rabbi Michelson is also a professional visitor at Berks County Prison and the Hamburg Center.
In 2003, Rabbi Michelson earned a Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Ethics from Rush University in Chicago and he serves as a non-scientific member of the Reading Health System’s Institutional Review Board.
He has been married to Holly since 1989, and they have two daughters.
Read Rabbi Michelson’s welcome message.
We warmly welcome our new student cantor joining our congregation in July 2018.