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OUR RABBIS

RABBI MOSHE SMOLKIN
Senior Rabbi
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Email: rabbismolkin@adath-israel.org

Rabbi Smolkin is the senior rabbi at Adath Israel Congregation. He grew up in Texas and New Mexico and holds a B.A. from Brandeis and a M.A.T. in Mathematics Education from Tufts. He enjoyed teaching high school math in Boston, before attending the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at American Jewish University in Los Angeles. While in rabbinical school, he interned as an interfaith chaplain, studied in Jerusalem, and served at Mishkon Tephilo in Venice, California. Rabbi Smolkin was ordained in 2009, having twice received awards for his excellence in Talmud. He then served for 10 years as the rabbi at Ohavay Zion Synagogue in Lexington, Kentucky. In addition to his love of learning Torah, Talmud, and Jewish Mysticism, Rabbi Smolkin enjoys studying other religions and learning languages - Greek is his current interest. He also has a life-long love of music, as well as many years of study in martial arts. Rabbi Smolkin has been known to indulge in Marvel movies, sushi, and a good cupcake.

RABBI BENJAMIN CHAIDELL
Associate Rabbi
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Email: rabbiben@adath-israel.org 

Growing up in New York City, Rabbi Chaidell and his family attended another Adath Israel - a Conservative Synagogue in Riverdale. He went on to major in religious studies at Yale University, became the co-coordinator of the egalitarian minyan at Hillel, and joined the Jewish Fraternity, AEPi. During college, Rabbi Chaidell interned at a mental health center in the Bronx where he enjoyed building positive relationships with others and supporting them to make their lives better. Upon graduating from Yale, Rabbi Chaidell spent two years with the Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL) and did consulting with both teachers and education directors, and planned unique programs. This is when he decided to become a rabbi. Outside of his rabbinic work, Rabbi Chaidell enjoys listening to music, dancing, exploring where he lives, and watching baseball. He puts a lot of time into building relationships with family and friends.

RABBI IRVIN M. WISE
Rabbi Emeritus
Email: rabbi@adath-israel.org

Rabbi Wise was born and raised in Cincinnati and assumed the position of Senior Rabbi of Adath Israel Congregation in 1992. Rabbi Wise received his Masters of Arts Degree in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College/Jewish Institute of Religion in 1978 and his rabbinic ordination from HUC in 1979. Prior to coming to Adath Israel, Rabbi Wise served as the Director of Student Activities and Assistant Rabbi at Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem and as the Executive Director of the Hillel at both Ohio University and the University of Minnesota. A member of the Rabbinical Assembly, Rabbi Wise is a respected and beloved teacher who taught extensively in the Adult Studies program at Adath Israel as well as in the Conservative high school, Mercaz, and Adath Israel's religious school. Rabbi Wise has served as President of the Greater Cincinnati Board of Rabbis. He also served on numerous boards and committees in our Jewish community. He and his wife Kathy have three children, Ora, Shalva and T. Rabbi Wise officially became Rabbi Emeritus in September 2019.

Fri, July 30 2021 21 Av 5781