CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Temple Beth Orr will have a new spiritual leader in July to lead the reform Jewish congregation in Coral Springs.

The congregation has hired Rabbi Laura Rappaport from Fairfax Station, Va. to replace Rabbi Marci Bloch, Michael Koss, the congregation’s president, said in an email to members on April 14.

Bloch wasn’t seeking another term as senior rabbi after joining the congregation in July, 2017. Read our story about Bloch’s departure.

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Rappaport is now associate rabbi and educator at Temple B’nai Shalom in Fairfax Station, where she has served since 2015. Ordained by Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Rappaport has more than 25 years of rabbinical and educational experience in Idaho, New Jersey, Virginia and other places.

In selecting Rappaport from nine candidates, Koss credited Rappaport in the email for her “command of religious practices, her ease in communicating, the energy and expressiveness in her manner, the vast knowledge of human interactions, and most importantly her commitment to a shared partnership with congregants and leadership.”

Watch Rappaport’s message to the congregation here.

Koss added in the email message: “We are soon approaching our 50th year and the warmth that has been the hallmark of our congregation has continued over that time to welcome all who wish to be a part of our Jewish community. Rabbi Rappaport exudes that same warm and welcoming spirit and will serve the needs of our congregation not only through our Jubilee year but for many years to come.”


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