Rabbi Gerald R. Fox
Probably the first thing you'll notice about Rabbi Fox is his caring smile. The second thing you will notice is that Rabbi Fox readily shares his love of Judaism with those he meets. He does this by teaching, either formally or by investing his quiet moments with others with special meaning. During the religious services he leads, he enhances our prayer experience by sharing kavanot (intentions) and by teaching about prayer.
Rabbi Fox deeply appreciates many aspects of Jewish life, but he especially is drawn to the intersection of Jewish prayer, literature, and song. In fact, his enduring love of literature developed as a college student continues to this day through Rabbi Fox's own poetry and his appreciation of prayer. It is in his nature to seek opportunities to appreciate our blessings and to share his appreciation with those around him through stories, teaching, or just by being a listening and healing presence.
Before coming to Temple Beth Shalom, Rabbi Fox served as a staff chaplain for Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia, and as a teacher, tutor, and Rabbi in Greater Philadelphia and in Massachusetts. A 2000 graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, Pennsylvania, Rabbi Fox also has studied in Jerusalem, Israel at Pardes, a modern Orthodox yeshiva, and at the graduate school of the Hebrew University. He has an abiding love for Israel and the Jewish people.
As President of the South Jersey Board of Rabbis and Cantors, Rabbi Fox's counsel is respected by his colleagues and Jewish communal leaders as well as among the wider civic leadership in Brigantine and throughout the area.
Rabbi Fox is married to Sarah Fox, a long-time Jewish professional; the two continue to celebrate each amazing milestone of their toddler twin boys, Matan and Doron.
Temple Beth Shalom is pleased to have such a caring and enthusiastic as well as learned Rabbi as our spiritual leader.
To read Rabbi Fox's latest newsletter article, click here.