BETH JUDAH WELCOMES RABBI KREMER!
Rabbi Jonathan Kremer
Phone: 609-822-7116, ext. 103
Prior to coming to Congregation Beth Judah, Rabbi Jonathan Kremer served Beth Israel Congregation in Lexington Park, Maryland, where he invigorated services with lively prayer and Torah discussion, proposed programs to attract a range of ages, held “open hours” every Shabbat afternoon, and initiated “Shabbat Dinner with the Rabbi” to help build community and connection.
Rabbi Kremer was ordained and earned an MA in Bible at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. During rabbinical school, he spent a semester in Jerusalem, participated in an intensive week-long interfaith seminar at the Hartford Seminary, Hatford, Connecticut, and attended a Berlin-based program on contemporary German-Jewish relations. He has taught classes for adults on basic Judaism, the siddur and holidays, and has led seminars on ritual items and on art and craft in Jewish education. At Ramah Day Camp in Philadelphia he was a teacher and co-Rosh Tefilla (prayer leader).
Before rabbinical school, he was a graphic designer specializing in Jewish nonprofits. His ability to meet their particular needs was enhanced by an education that included day schools, Ramah overnight camps, a BA in Hebraic Studies (Rutgers College, with junior year at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem), and an MFA in Graphic Design (Tyler School of Art, Temple University, where he was a Conwell Fellow).
Judaic art has long been an outlet for Rabbi Kremer’s creative interpretations and expressions of text and tradition. He has produced a wide range of calligraphic art such as decorated ketubot (marriage contracts), graphic prints and other works, including six-foot-tall mezuzot made of laser-cut steel and two limited-edition artist books based on Biblical texts.
He and his beloved muse and collaborator Ellie, an occupational therapist, raised three daughters — Aviva, Hannah and Devora — of whom they are most proud (just ask!). Rabbi and Ellie Kremer are excited about becoming part of the Beth Judah community!