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Senior Rabbi Allison L. Berry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


To reach Rabbi Berry, please contact Erin Borras via email or phone (617-332-9550)

Rabbi Allison L. Berry is honored to serve as Co-Senior Rabbi of Temple Shalom and work in partnership with Rabbi Abrasley as they lead the clergy and staff team of the congregation. Rabbi Berry joined the Temple Shalom community in 2011 as the Associate Rabbi and Director of the Grades K-5 Education program. She is deeply committed to the fact that Temple Shalom is a diverse community, welcoming people of traditional and non-traditional backgrounds, interfaith families, Jewish-by-choice, Jews of color, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities, and those searching for meaning.

Rabbi Berry graduated from Brandeis University with a Bachelor's Degree in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. Upon graduation, Rabbi Berry worked as the Family Educator of Congregation Mishkan Tefila in Chestnut Hill and later attended Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. Ordained as a rabbi in 2007, Rabbi Berry has served congregations in Hickory, N.C., Leonia, N.J. and for three years was the Rabbi and Education Director of Temple Beth David in Canton, Massachusetts.

Rabbi Berry  is a passionate advocate for the full inclusion of people with physical, social, emotional and cognitive challenges within the Jewish community and has worked to create an environment at Temple Shalom where all children and adults are welcome and able to learn and connect.

Rabbi Berry, her husband Mark, and children, Micah and Zachary love living in Newton and can often be found at the Cabot School playground.

Senior Rabbi Laura J. Abrasley

 

 

 

 

 

 



To reach Rabbi Abrasley, please contact Erin Borras via email or phone (617-332-9550)

Rabbi Laura  J. Abrasley joined the Temple Shalom clergy team in July 2015. She grew up in Houston and graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in psychology. Her path to becoming a rabbi began with many summers spent as a camper and then counselor at the URJ Greene Family Camp in Texas. After college, Rabbi Abrasley worked in education and technology sectors in Boston, most recently serving as Youth Educator at Temple Israel.

In 2007, Rabbi Abrasley began her rabbinic studies in Jerusalem and continued at the HUC-JIR campus in Los Angeles.  She served as a student rabbi  and intern at several congregations in California as well as Boston.  With a strong commitment to Jewish learning, she earned an additional Masters in Jewish Education and was an education intern at Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles. Upon ordination in 2013, Rabbi Abrasley served as the Director of Lifelong Learning at Congregation Beth Or in Philadelphia.

Rabbi Abrasley is committed to inspiring and implementing active, engaged opportunities for connection and community. She believes deeply in partnering together to pursue the work of tikkun olam, repairing the world and providing rich moments for Talmud Torah, the pursuit of lifelong Jewish learning.

She and her wife, Julie Childers, have a teenage son, Noah. They are thrilled to be in Boston where wearing Red Sox hats is the norm!

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Sun, October 17 2021 11 Cheshvan 5782