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Beth El’s Andy Green begins term as president of Board of Rabbis

By DAVID PORTNOE Voice Editor


RABBI ANDY GREEN… new president of the Tri- County Board of Rabbis. RABBI ANDY GREEN… new president of the Tri- County Board of Rabbis. A little over four years ago, Rabbi Andy Green was new to Southern New Jersey. Fresh out of rabbinical school at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in his native Los Angeles, he was coming to the area to serve at Cong. Beth El in Voorhees. Now the associate rabbi at Beth El, one of the important tools Green had to learn about Southern New Jersey’s Jewish community was the Tri-County Board of Rabbis.

“The Tri-County Board of Rabbis enabled me to better understand and appreciate the diverse and fabulous characters and programs that enrich our community,” said Green, the new TCBR president. Green started his two-year term in June, succeeding outgoing Tri-County Board President Rabbi Benjamin David of Adath Emanu-El in Mount Laurel. “My first official act was to share some Torah on behalf of the Tri-County Board at the groundbreaking at 1721, The Commons,” he said.

Green said that he is honored to assume the presidency of the Tri-County Board and grateful for the leadership and guidance of Rabbi Ben David. “I’m awed by my fellow clergy and the leaders of our Jewish Federation and its agencies who so fully dedicate themselves to the welfare and love of our South Jersey Jewish community,” he said.

“The Tri-County Board is uniquely positioned to be able to provide a community of support and understanding among the rabbis in our community across all denominations,” said Green. He said that the most important goal for him is to empower the rabbis in the community through their mutual relationships with one another.

A product of Jewish day schools, Green grew up in the Conservative movement. He went to UCLA, where he was Hillel president. After college, he worked in the industrial supply field. However, he soon had a change of heart about his career. “I realized I wanted to not just participate in Judaism; I wanted to share it, so I started rabbinical school.”

“Being a rabbi can be very lonely, and there are challenges in serving in all different facets of the community—congregations, schools, and other community institutions,” said Green. He noted that the relationships that develop among the rabbis can help each rabbi grow and do more as well as to better engage and empower South Jersey Jewry.

Green said that the Tri- County Board is not only a place for the discussion of communal concerns, but also a place that rabbis in the community get to know one another and the various institutions. “I have experienced the beauty of Jewish communal institutions other than my own and I have benefited from deep relationships with colleagues precisely because of this forum,” he said, adding that the Tri-County Board has enabled him to better understand and appreciate the diverse and fabulous people and programs that enrich the community.

“Jewish peoplehood, wisdom, ritual, tradition, and community enable us to live more meaningful, fulfilling, loving, giving, and purposeful lives,” said Green. He said that he and his colleagues have dedicated their lives “to sharing Torah, to sharing soul-stirring, life-enriching, growth-inducing, and the loving vision and wisdom of our tradition.” He said that everything the Tri-County Board does as community clergy is in order to help others live more enriched lives.

Rabbi Green and his wife Charlene, the Jewish Federation Dept. of Jewish Education’s leadership and learning specialist, have two children, Archer, 5, and Beck, 2. 

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