Our Team

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Rabbi Daniel Gropper

Rabbi Daniel Gropper is the Rabbi of the Community Synagogue of Rye in Rye, NY. Ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, he previously served congregations in New York, California, and Massachusetts. He holds a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters and in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Jewish Education. His long-time passion for education led him to create programs such as J-Life and Chavurah at the synagogue. He has served as faculty and as a member of the Board of Trustees at URJ Eisner/Crane Lake Camps. Rabbi Gropper also served as a vice-chair of the URJ’s National Youth Commission and Commission for Lifelong Learning.

Senior Director of Innovation
Rabbi Julia Appel

Rabbi Appel creates and leads Clal’s Jewish community training programs in innovation and entrepreneurship, including the on-the-ground program “Spark” and the graduate course for rabbinical and cantorial students “Leading Through Innovation.” She most recently launched The Belonging Project, which enables Jewish communal institutions to measure and improve the culture of belonging among their community members. Rabbi Appel has been bringing her entrepreneurial lens to congregational and organizational settings for over a decade in both the United States and Canada. Read More

Rabbi Nissan Antine

Rabbi Nissan Antine is the Senior Rabbi of Beth Sholom Congregation in Potomac, MD. He graduated, summa cum laude, from Case Western Reserve University with a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion and received ordination from YCT Rabbinical School. Before entering rabbinical school, Rabbi Antine studied in various yeshivot in America and Israel and was a fellow of the Torah Metzion Kollel in Cleveland, Ohio. He is currently the president of the International Rabbinic Fellowship. Rabbi Antine is very passionate about making the messages of Judaism relevant to Jews across the religious spectrum.