BIO – Rabbi Michael Pont
Shalom! I am thrilled to be your rabbi and I look forward to getting to know you. My wife Natalie and our three children, Gabriel, Emma, and Jordana are all very happy to be here.
I grew up in Southfield Michigan, near Detroit. My family belonged to Congregation Shaarey Zedek, where I went to Hebrew School, and was active in United Synagogue Youth. I met my closest friends at Shaarey Zedek in part because we shared a unique bond. That bond is Judaism, the faith that emphasizes family, study, and care for others, and celebrating holidays and life itself.
I attended the University of Michigan (GO BLUE!), and graduated in 1991 with a degree in Psychology. I loved my college years and met many students from New Jersey!
After college I served as a Youth Director at the Conservative synagogue in Ann Arbor. The experience inspired me to apply to Rabbinical School at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1993. In 1999 I was ordained and went to Greensboro, North Carolina as an assistant until 2004, when I arrived at Temple Beth Ahm in Aberdeen. My wife, kids and I love this area and are so happy to remain here!
Professionally, I am happy to partner with Cantor Krieger on the bimah, with Executive Director Bonnie Komito and the office staff, and with Reba Schneiderman the Ritual Administrator. I am also thrilled to be working with President Rhonda Eiger, Executive Vice President Len Whitman, and the rest of the lay leadership. All of these individuals are helping me a great deal, and I am excited for a wonderful year.
I am proud to be a Conservative Jew and I embrace its principles. Namely, that we can be both a modern, dynamic congregation and maintain a commitment to Torah values and to Jewish life. I am a Past President of the New Jersey Rabbinical Assembly. My daughters attend Camp Ramah in the Berkshires where Natalie and I and our son Gabe serve on staff. Finally, my children are current and past students at the Solomon Schechter Day School here in Marlboro, where my wife and I volunteer regularly. I am also a staunch supporter of Masorti/Conservative Judaism in Israel.
Community outreach is important to me as well.
Among my interests are playing basketball and I hope to see you on the court. I enjoy reading a good book, keeping up-to-date on current events, especially those that impact Israel, playing games and staying in touch with friends.
Hiney mah tov umanayim shevet achim gam yachad. How wonderful it is for us to be together! What are your hopes and dreams for our community? Please let me know so we can build a strong congregation
Rabbi Michael Pont