Am Shalom is pleased to welcome visiting Rabbi, Bill Tepper to our congregation on Saturday August 26th.
A native of Toronto, Rabbi Tepper holds a B.A. from York University in Toronto, an M.A. from the University of Alberta, and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Toronto. Prior to Rabbinical School, he spent 15 years as a High School Dramatic Arts and English teacher and community theatre director. Rabbi Tepper was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Cincinnati in 2008.
Rabbi Tepper served student pulpits in Columbus, Indiana, Colleyville, Texas and Williamson, West Virginia and was an Intern in the Youth Programs Department of HUC-JIR. In 2007, he received the Rabbi Morris H. Youngerman Memorial Prize for the best sermon preached in HUC-JIR's chapel during the academic year. His rabbinic thesis was a critical biography of the prominent Reform Rabbi Louis I. Newman.
At Mizpah Congregation in Chattanooga, from 2008 - 2016, Rabbi Tepper was involved in all aspects of spiritual leadership and learning: worship, life cycle, Torah Study, Hebrew language learning, B'nai Mitzvah, Confirmation and Conversion to Judaism classes, visitations, and committee work. He has been a member of Chattanooga's Interfaith Domestic Violence Coalition and is a frequent guest speaker at schools, churches and correctional institutes throughout the Chattanooga and larger community.
He is a lover of theatre, film, cycling, Jewish learning, travel, and the Union for Reform Judaism's Camp Coleman, where he has served as a rabbinic faculty member. A fervent reader, Rabbi Tepper maintains a scholarly interest in Jewish history. Rabbi Tepper spends one weekend a month at Temple Shalom in Winnipeg and uses messaging, email, video messaging and texts to keep in daily contact with the congregation the rest of the month. He spends the remainder of his time in Toronto with his artist wife Deborah. They have one son, Max, who is a professional actor in Toronto.
ABOUT AM SHALOM:
Am Shalom is a modern Reform Congregation providing spiritual enrichment to the Jewish community throughout the Simcoe County area.
The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) believes that everyone can feel at home in Judaism and that there is more than one way to be authentically Jewish. We stand for a Judaism that, in response to today’s realities, is inclusive, open, and diverse.
We welcome all those wishing to share with us in exploring our religious heritage, celebrating our customs and rituals.
Reform Judaism maintains faith in the Covenant between God and Israel as expressed over the generations in the teachings of an ever-evolving Torah and tradition. Stirred by the mandate of tikkun olam, (repairing the world) Reform Judaism seeks to be the living expression of those teachings. It welcomes all who seek Jewish connection to pursue a life of meaning as inspired by the Divine and proclaimed in the truths grasped by Jewish teachers throughout time.
Shabbat is a joyous occasion at Am Shalom whether we celebrate within our sanctuary, outdoors under the stars, or on the unspoiled waters of Georgian Bay. Together with our spiritual leader, Cantorial Soloist Audrey Kaufman, and educational advisor, Dr. Ira Schweitzer, we explore Reform Judaism’s traditions enriching our Jewish experience.
Our members are active and involved in a variety of Social Action programs, which focus on volunteering in the community. For over three decades the Am Shalom Congregation has built a Jewish community interested in studying the many aspects of Reform Jewish life.
Located an hour north of Toronto, the Am Shalom Congregation welcomes you to our next worship service, social gathering, or holiday celebration.