A native of New England and an avid Boston Red Sox fan, Rabbi Matthew Berger attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He was ordained as a rabbi by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. He received a Master of Arts in Education with Jewish Specialization from Xavier University in Cincinnati the same year. Since 2003, Rabbi Berger has served Reform congregations in Illinois, Massachusetts, and Texas.
Rabbi Berger is an accomplished musician who loves to sing and play guitar. Some of his hobbies include reading, swimming, and bicycling. He enjoys teaching both children and adults. He is passionate about sharing his love for Israel. He believes in the prophetic call for social justice. He regularly serves as faculty at the Union for Reform Judaism’s summer camps.
Rabbi Berger is honored to be chosen to lead Temple Ahavat Shalom. “It will be a true blessing to become part of the congregational family. And to follow in Rabbi Klein’s footsteps. I hope to empower individuals, lift people’s spirits, and share the voice and joy of liberal Judaism.”
Rabbi is blessed to share his life with his spouse, Ida, and their two children, Avi and Meital. Moving closer to family in sunny Florida has been a long-awaited dream.