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.
Cantorial Soloist 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 children's choruses, including P.S. 193, The Gil Hodges School.
Rabbinic Intern Elizabeth Goldstein
Holder of the Jacqueline Smith Memorial Rabbinic Internship
Elizabeth (Lizz) Goldstein, originally from Branford, CT (right outside New Haven) and now living in Brooklyn, is in her fifth and final year at the Academy for Jewish Religion. She holds an M.A. in Jewish studies from Gratz College. She served as rabbinic intern at Temple Beth Emeth v'Ohr Progressive Shaari Zedek in her first three years of rabbinical school (2011-2014), and is very excited to be back for one more year, after a year serving as Youth Director at a Conservative synagogue. An aspiring activist and teacher, she is passionate about social justice, experiential learning, and youth work, and is looking for full time work, for next year after ordination, anywhere in the English speaking world that encompasses these corners of Jewish life.
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.