A graduate of Columbia College and ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary where he was a Wexner Graduate Fellow, David Lerner has served as the rabbi of Temple Emunah of Lexington for the last eight years. He brings a unique blend of warmth, outreach, energetic teaching, intellectual rigor and caring for all ages.
Since joining the Temple Emunah family, Rabbi Lerner has focused on three areas: strengthening Shabbat offerings, new learning initiatives and community-building projects. Among these are: SYNAPLEX, monthly Carlebach Friday night services, Shabbatonim, meditation and yoga classes, Shabbat Minhah singing and learning, adult classes on Psalms, the Siddur and the Prophets, Ikkarim for parents of young children, the CJP camping initiative, Israel trips, informal educational opportunities, breakfast classes, lunch and learn sessions, learner's services and sports for teens and adults. He initiated a Sunday morning Family Education learning experience for 7th graders and their parents which includes prayer and study ("Texts and Traditions," a textbook and course he authored). He performed the first same-sex aufruf and wedding in the congregation. Through the use of Skype, Rabbi Lerner initiated a program where Jews from around the world can participate in Temple Emunah's daily minyan, reciting the Mourner's Kaddish.
Rabbi Michael Mauricio Fel is proud to serve as the Rabbi of Temple Emunah. Originally from Miami, Florida, Rabbi Fel earned a bachelor's degree in Business from the University of Miami. He went on to receive his ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary where he learned as a Schusterman Rabbinic Fellow and earned a Master's Degree in Midrash and Scriptural Interpretation from the Graduate School.
Rabbi Fel loves connecting with people and building relationships between different segments of the Temple Emunah community. Since arriving at Temple Emunah in 2011, Rabbi Fel has produced over 200 Shabbat videos garnering over 85,000 views allowing congregants to connect to the shul, created the Inclusion Committee to raise awareness about inclusion, earning Temple Emunah recognition as one of the original Ruderman Synagogue Inclusion Program congregations, established Emunah Explorers, a day-time programming initiative connecting retirees, stay-at-home-parents, and others through daytrips, lunches, and social programs, and developed the Next Dor Corps program, encouraging post-b’nei mitzvah students to stay involved by reading Torah, leading religious services, and volunteering in communal programs.
Rabbi Fel currently serves as President of the Greater Boston Cluster of the Rabbinical Assembly and was selected in 2018 to participate in the Israeli Consul General to New England’s Rabbinic Trip to Israel. He also provides kosher supervision to local supermarkets.
Rabbi Fel enjoys cooking, woodworking, creating and playing percussion instruments, exploring the outdoors, and speaking Spanish (his family is from Argentina). He is married to Shayna (past NERUSY president), and together they rear three adorable kids: Nadav, Eliana, and Lior.
Feel free to schedule an appointment to learn with or schmooze with Rabbi Fel.