Temple Sholom is excited to announce Rabbi Kevin Peters as the synagogue’s new Assistant Rabbi. Members of the Temple Sholom community gathered together to celebrate and bless Rabbi Kevin in his new role during a special Musical Shabbat Service with Cantorial Soloists Mikhal Weiner and Ella Joy Meir on Friday, July 23, 2021.
Since joining the Temple Sholom family as a rabbinic fellow in 2018, the Staten Island native has become an asset to the clergy team, leading services regularly alongside Rabbi Mitchell M. Hurvitz and Shaliach Sibur/Ritual Director Ezra Konigsberg, and officiating at many life cycle events. He has also been instrumental in fostering a vibrant Jewish learning environment for students in the religious school in his role as Director of Judaic Studies. Also part of his portfolio for the last three years has been to develop new and innovative programming geared for youth and teens.
“I’m really excited to begin my full-time career as the Assistant Rabbi at Temple Sholom,” said Rabbi Kevin. “This community is incredibly dynamic and interesting. I’ve loved getting to know everyone and I look forward to deepening those connections. In addition, I couldn’t ask for a more welcoming and supportive team to be a part of. I feel truly blessed to be here.”
“Rabbi Kevin blesses our Congregation with his vision, passion, integrity, and humility. He has a wonderful spiritual depth that we all benefit from our knowing him,” Rabbi Mitch added.
Earlier this year, Rabbi Kevin was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, and was honored with the prestigious Kay and Rabbi Moshe Pomerantz Prize, awarded to a JTS rabbinical student who excels in congregational education. He holds an MA from the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education and a BA in Psychology from CUNY College of Staten Island.
Before deciding to pursue his rabbinic studies, Rabbi Kevin worked for several years in the field of developmental disabilities. As someone with dyslexia and ADD, his goal is to make Jewish communal and educational environments more inclusive and sensitive to the needs of individuals with learning disabilities.
In his free time, Rabbi Kevin enjoys cooking, going to the gym, and doing hands-on projects (he most recently did some body work on his car). After years of living in Manhattan, he is very excited that he will finally be able to get a dog.
Temple Sholom is located at 300 East Putnam Ave in Greenwich.