Rabbi Heidi Hoover
Rabbi Hoover began her work with Temple as our Rabbinic Intern in 2006, initiating programs such as Shalom Shabbat (our Friday morning Shabbat observance for young children and parents/caregivers), our Saturday morning adult Torah study, the Interfaith Adult Workshops, and more. She served as Acting Rabbi during the final year of her academic studies, and after receiving smicha in May of 2011, she began her full-time service as rabbi of our temple in July of that year.
Rabbi Hoover has been profiled in the New York Times, Jewish Woman Magazine and other print & online publications. She frequently speaks on the topics of Jewish identity, interfaith issues and the relationship of the Jewish people to modern Germany.
Rabbi Hoover leads our worship services, our Torah Study sessions, our monthly Adult Shiur and our Parenting Workshops. As the supervisor of our Religious School, she works directly with our B'nai Mitzvah candidates and our confirmation students.
She is a proud alumna of the Academy for Jewish Religion and Gratz College; she received smicha (ordination) and her Master's degree in Jewish Studies in May of 2011. Her undergraduate degree is from Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, PA.
For the 2010/2011 academic year, Rabbi Hoover was a Rabbis Without Borders student fellow at CLAL, the Jewish center for learning and leadership. In 2013-2015, she is part of the first participant group of RWB's two-year Clergy Leadership Incubator program for early-career congregational rabbis. She also has taught and led programs for Hadassah of Park Slope, the Institute for Living Judaism in Brooklyn, the Interfaith Center of New York, and Kutz Camp.
Rabbi Hoover lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.
Cantor Nonie Schuster Donato
In 2007, we were blessed when our onetime cantorial soloist Nonie Schuster Donato returned to lead our congregation in song. Nonie is an accomplished Baroque soloist who also conducts various childrens' choruses, including P.S. 193, The Gil Hodges School. Our congregation has also been enriched by the collaboration of our own member, the renowned musician and talented teacher Michael Tornick. Along with Cantor Nonie, Michael brings outstanding musical acumen to TBE services and special events.
Rabbi Emeritus William Kloner
led Temple for over thirty years, from 1974 to 2010. His background as a decorated chaplain in the US Navy, ministering worldwide, and his distinguished academic credentials have been a blessed resource to this congregation as well as community and city. His path from Brown to Columbia, through the Mediterranean (not to mention Governor's Island) and eventually to Brooklyn gave him valuable experience and depth of knowledge.
Rabbi Kloner's warm presence and his ability to relate with compassion and caring to each congregant helped sustain Temple to the present day. Sadly, Rabbi Kloner's accident in the summer of 2010 led to his retirement from the pulpit. Our community continues to pray Misheberach for Rabbi Kloner, wishing him a complete recovery of body, mind and spirit.
Photo courtesy vosizneias.com & the Kloner family.
Cantor Emeritus Eugene Green z'l
led us in song and prayer for over a decade. As an opera star, graphic artist and set designer, his talent enriched our liturgy. He was an honored member of the clerical team and a cherished presence at Temple. Cantor Green's death in May of 2011 represents a deep loss to the congregation; we mourn him along with his wife and family.