Rabbi Morris J. Allen
The congregants of Beth Jacob synagogue have enjoyed the spiritual leadership of Rabbi Morris J. Allen since August 1986. With Rabbi Allen’s guidance, Beth Jacob has grown from a start-up congregation into a thriving community of over 410 households, receiving nine Solomon Schechter Awards from the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism for its innovative programming.
Honored by the Forward newspaper as one of America’s
50 most significant Jewish leaders, Rabbi Allen was invited to attend the Israeli Presidential Conference upon Israel’s 60th Anniversary, as one of then-president Shimon Peres’ hand-picked list of
thinkers and doers. Social justice issues are a vital part of Rabbi Allen’s spiritual leadership at Beth Jacob. He currently leads the Conservative movement’s work on producing
Magen Tzedek or Justice Certification, a means for determining if workers are humanely treated with dignity and respect as they produce Kosher food—and has testified at the Minnesota Legislature on behalf of a meatpacking workers’ bill of rights. (Visit Rabbi Allen’s Magen Tzedek blog.)
Rabbi Allen served as a member of the Rabbinical Assembly’s
Commission on Human Sexuality, is an outspoken advocate for the security of the Jewish state of Israel, and has been involved with Jewish Community Action’s work on behalf of non-documented workers, particularly in the Hispanic community.
Rabbi Allen is also an on-call chaplain for the State Department of Corrections, visiting with Jewish inmates around the state. Ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1984, Rabbi Allen has a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is married to St. Paul pediatrician Dr. Phyllis Gorin, and they are the parents of three children, Avi, Leora and Adina.
Contact Rabbi Allen at mojo210al AT aol DOT com
Rabbi Emma Kippley-Ogman
Rabbi Kippley-Ogman received rabbinic ordination from the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in Newton, Massachusetts, and holds an A.B. degree in History and Science from Harvard College. For the past two years she served as assistant rabbi at Congregation Kehillath Israel in Brookline, a prominent Conservative synagogue in the heart of the Boston area. There she launched an award-winning kabbalat Shabbat—KICKS (KI’s Community Kabbalat Shabbat)—which drew over 60 people each week for soulful, lively intergenerational services and monthly dinners.
Her work at Kehillath Israel also included empowering congregants to lead Shabbat morning and daily services, forming new partnerships with local organizations to create richer programming for the entire community, and bringing a personalized approach to lifecycle events. During her rabbinic training, Rabbi Kippley-Ogman provided pastoral care to patients and families as a chaplain at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, served as High Holy Days rabbinic advisor to the Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis, worked as a community organizer in Chicago with the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, provided rabbinic support to eight isolated congregations during a summer with the Institute of Southern Jewish Life, and spent two years in Jerusalem.
“It is a tremendous honor to return to serve the community that made me who I am,” Rabbi Kippley-Ogman said. “Beth Jacob is my model for what a Jewish community can be. This is a community of people living a vibrant and ever-growing Judaism, taking responsibility for their religious lives and for one another, and sharing in the work of bringing about a just world as an integral part of the spiritual life of the community.”
Contact Rabbi Kippley-Ogman at rabbiemma AT beth-jacob DOT org