Rabbi Heidi R. Hoover
Rabbi Heidi 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. Her essay on ethnic diversity in today's Jewish community appears in Studies in Judaism and Pluralism, published in December 2016 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Academy for Jewish Religion.
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. She holds a BA 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 was 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 Kensington 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 Jenn Queen
Holder of the Jacqueline Smith Memorial Rabbinic Internship 2016-17
Jenn is a third year rabbinical student at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR). She is a graduate of Indiana University-Bloomington (2009) where she earned a Bachelor of Arts from the Jewish Studies Program, in modern Jewish philosophy and thought, and a Bachelor of Arts from the Individualized Major Program, in sexual health.
Jenn is an alumna of the George Washington University where she earned a Master of Public Health degree (2012). Before beginning on her rabbinical path, Jenn lived and worked in Washington, DC, where she served as the Field Organizing Manager for the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC), and was deeply involved with local community organizing through Jews United for Justice.
When not at school or at TBE, Jenn enjoys listening to podcasts (Radiolab! This American Life!), reading the New Yorker, Zumba, and spending time in Prospect Park with her lovable pitbull mix, Bruin.
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.