Board of Advisors Rabbi Eric Gurvis -
Advisory Board

Rabbi Eric Gurvis became Senior Rabbi of Temple Shalom on July 19, 1999. His rabbinic career spans over 20 years including synagogues in New York City, Jackson, Mississippi, and Teaneck, New Jersey before coming to Temple Shalom. Rabbi Gurvis is a recognized leader of youth and camping programs in the Union of Reform Judaism. He currently serves as Dean of Faculty and Chairperson of the Education Committee for the URJ Eisner and Crane Lake Camps. Rabbi Gurvis served as chairperson of the Committee on Youth for the Central Conference of American Rabbis from 1986-1993.(CCAR is the professional organization of the North American Reform rabbinate).  Rabbi Gurvis serves on the National Board of ARZA the Association of Reform Zionists of America and has served on the Commission on Social Action of the URJ. Rabbi Gurvis has been active in interfaith affairs, having served as president of the Mississippi Religious Leadership Conference, founding chairperson of the Jackson Clergy Network, and as first chairperson of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Bergen and North Hudson Counties’ task force on Inter Group Relations.

He is an active member of the Newton Clergy Association. He is past-chairperson of the Boston Area Reform Rabbis group, Treasurer of the Northeast Region of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and is a member of Executive Board of the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis. He also serves on the Adult Learning Committee of the Commission on Jewish Continuity of Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston. Rabbi Gurvis served as an Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City and has taught at Tougaloo College and at Millsaps College in Jackson. Rabbi Gurvis is the author of the Teacher's Guide for Why Be Different? a Look Into Judaism, published by Behrman House, West Orange, New Jersey. He was a contributor to the URJ publication A Taste of Judaism: Are You Curious – Program Guide. Rabbi Gurvis and his wife Laura have four children: Benjamin, Sarah, Aaron and Jacob and reside in Newton.

Rabbi Gurvis may be contacted via email at [email protected].



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