Temple Solel welcomes back Rabbi Efrat Zarren-Zohar. Many of you may recall meeting or being taught by Rabbi Efrat Zarren-Zohar. She was formerly an Assistant Rabbi at Temple Solel and has gone on to great things. As our Interim Rabbi, Rabbi Efrat Zarren-Zohar and Cantor Rosen will lead virtual Friday night Shabbat services. Rabbi Efrat Zarren-Zohar will also conduct Torah Study Class on Saturday mornings via Zoom (as usual).
Rabbi Efrat Zarren-Zohar is the Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE- pronounced with a soft “c”) in Miami, the nonprofit that catalyzes and accelerates the advancement of Jewish education in Miami and serves as the educational partner of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.
Rabbi Efrat joined the CAJE staff in 1993 where she served in a variety of capacities, including working on teacher professional development, Israel education, and outreach to interfaith families. In 2002, she was formally designated Director of CAJE’s Department of Adult Learning and Growth, and in 2010, she was asked to serve additionally as a Regional Director (part-time) on the International Staff of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning. Under Rabbi Efrat’s leadership, the Melton School of Miami was chosen from among 50+ schools internationally to receive The Florence Award for Outstanding School of the Year in January 2015.
Rabbi Efrat grew up in Belmont, Massachusetts and graduated with Honors from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she helped found the Reform Chavurah and then was asked to serve as the first Program Director at The University of Michigan Hillel under Michael Brooks (z”l). She went on to study at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute for Religion, where she was ordained in 1992, following an additional year of study at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She worked for one year as an Assistant Rabbi at Temple Solel of Hollywood, Florida, before taking a position at CAJE-Miami.
Rabbi Efrat is married to Avi Rosenberg, a commercial real estate manager, and has one son, Matan.