On Oct. 12, 1944, the Monroe Jewish Council was formed by 75 Jews, who came together to form a Jewish institution that became the Monroe Temple of Liberal Judaism, Temple Beth-El in 1953.
Over the years, 18 rabbis have served the Monroe Temple community, some briefly, and others who remained longer, providing unique and lasting influences on the members’ spiritual development.
Rabbi Garry A. Loeb came to Monroe Temple in 1985. As Dr. Joseph Birnbaum stated: “He possessed an array of talents rarely found in one spiritual mentor.”
In the summer of 2016, after 30 years of service, Loeb stepped down. He and his wife, Sorel, both retired to begin the next chapter of their lives.
Rabbi Roger Lerner joined Monroe Temple as its spiritual leader in July – to celebrate the congregation’s joys and bring comfort when there is sorrow and to bring the congregation more strongly together as a community.
On Friday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m., he will be formally installed as the rabbi of Monroe Temple by Garry Loeb, Rabbi Emeritus.
Dessert will be served after services. The community is invited to attend the rabbi's formal installation ceremony.
For more information, contact the Temple Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 845-783-2626.
The temple is located at 314 North Main St. in Monroe.