In the presence of 600 congregants, friends and family, Rabbi Jonathan E. Blake was installed as Senior Rabbi of
The Friday evening service included musical arrangements under the direction Senior Cantor Jill Abraham along with a sermon and blessings by Rabbi Rick Jacobs, incoming president of the Union for Reform Judaism.
Rabbi Jonathan E. Blake has served Scarsdale's Westchester Reform Temple since 2003. His love of Torah and passion for Reform Judaism infuses his rabbinate, and his courses in adult education and enrichment draw large crowds of enthusiastic learners of all ages. Subjects of particular interest include History of Interpretation, Biblical and Rabbinic Literature, Jewish-Christian Relations, and Jewish History and Culture. Above all Rabbi Blake works to help the community to find their own stories in the master story of the Jewish People.
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A musician, "foodie," oenophile (lover of wine,) and practitioner of yoga, Rabbi Blake works to help people experience Judaism and cultivate a spiritual outlook through all five senses. A music lover since his childhood days in Allentown, Pennsylvania, he is an experienced vocalist and a less experienced but no less enthusiastic guitarist. Rabbi Blake is a summa cum laude graduate of Amherst College, where he majored in English literature.
In 2000, he received his Ordination from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, where he received honors for academic achievement and homiletics.
Prior to coming to WRT, he served Temple Beth-El in Rhode Island as Associate Rabbi and Director of Education. Rabbi Blake is married to Kelly McCormick. They reside in Westchester.