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Rabbi Uri Goren

Rabbi Uri Goren has been the spiritual leader and clergy of Temple Avodah since 1997. He was born and raised in Chile. He is a graduate of the University of Chile, where he studied and received his major degree in Occupational Therapy. In 1981, he attended Hebrew Union College. Following his ordination, Rabbi Goren relocated to Brazil, where he helped create the first Reform congregation in the country. His warmth, enthusiasm and strong religious convictions created the perfect foundation for the genesis of a new congregation which grew from 50 families to over 200 families in just four years.

Rabbi Goren came to the United States in 1991, when he became the Rabbi of Temple Beth Israel in Macon, Georgia. He and his family lived in Macon, Georgia for six years. It was upon the retirement of Rabbi Philmore Berger in 1997 that Rabbi Goren became our Rabbi of Temple Avodah of Oceanside, New York. Rabbi Goren and his wife Peppy, a Spanish teacher in the Oceanside School District, have been residents of the Oceanside community ever since their arrival on Long Island.

 Rabbi Goren is active in facilitating the growth of Reform Judaism in our community, and his goal is to welcome us into the world of Reform Jewish living and to help us see our modern world through Jewish eyes. Through his engaging personality and his emphasis on social, educational and religious ideals, Rabbi Goren enhances how we express our Judaism. His services and sermons at Temple Avodah, whether traditional or eclectic, always speaks to the hearts of those in our community. Rabbi Goren offers Temple Avodah leadership, friendship and a spirit of giving from the heart.

Teacher of both our Religious School children and in our Adult Education programs, Rabbi Goren shares his knowledge and vast experience through the services that he leads, in the classrooms that he teaches in, and in his informal conversations at Temple. It is common to see Temple children approach Rabbi Goren to ask him a question and seek his guidance. It is equally common to see Rabbi Goren respond with his tender answers and always, warm smile.

For adults, he is equally known for his emotionally charged sermons that exude his spiritual strength, in part due to his dedication to challenging his physical and mental strengths through the art of Tae Kwon Do, in which Rabbi Goren holds a second degree black belt. Through his work with the Jewish Hospice of New York, Rabbi Goren makes himself available to those in dire need of spiritual comfort and relief, and his devotion to the community is evident in his work with the Interfaith Council where he explores ways in which to strengthen the Oceanside community as a whole.

To truly experience the modern world through Jewish eyes, you need only to attend a heartwarming Service with Rabbi Goren at Temple Avodah. From any of the Erev Shabbat services, to a wonderful Specialty Services (Rock Shabbat, Cookie Shabbat, Exodus Service, Pajama Shabbat, Casual Shabbat Barbeque) to a lecture or class led by the Rabbi, to an informal Temple dinner or social gathering, being together with Rabbi Goren and fellow congregants brings our Temple Avodah family close and strengthens our ties to Judasim and to each other. 

Rabbi Goren can be reached via email at rabbigoren@avodah.org.

Cantor Amelia Fox

Cantor Amelia believes that each person has their own unique piece of Torah to bring to the world. She strives to make sure that every voice in the community is heard.

Cantor Amelia was ordained as a Cantor and received a Master of Religious Education from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in May 2020. Prior to coming to Temple Avodah she was the music educator at East End Temple, where she taught students of all ages and led youth and family services. Cantor Amelia previously served as the student cantor at Temple Sharey Tefila-Israel in South Orange, NJ and at Garden City Jewish Center in Garden City, NY. In addition,  she spent a summer as a chaplain intern at Mount Sinai Hospital and was a T’ruah Summer Fellow in Human Rights Leadership. Before studying to become a cantor,  Cantor Amelia taught elementary school in New York City.

Cantor Amelia can be reached at Cantor@avodah.org, and her office hours are Mondays from 1-3pm. Call or email her to make an appointment.

Thu, May 19 2022 18 Iyar 5782