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Our Rabbis

Rabbi Daniel Dorsch

 
Now, more than ever, Jewish people around the world need madrichim, spiritual mentors, to guide them through the complexities of twenty-first century life. As a rabbi, Rabbi Dorsch strives to inspire our community to live a more Torah-centric existence through helping us to understand how Torah enriches our ritual-life, sense of values, and sacred choices. Rabbi Dorsch works to achieve this Torah-centric vision through a willingness to teach Torah while "standing on one foot," by striving to be relatable and accessible, and through a sincere willingness to grow Jewishly alongside our community.
After earning his B.A. degrees from Columbia University and the Albert A. List College at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Rabbi Dorsch received his rabbinical ordination and M.A. in Education from JTS. After being awarded the Reverend Zvi Hirsch Masliansky Prize for Homiletics, he served as an associate rabbi for six years in Livingston, New Jersey.
 
Beyond his role as rabbi at Etz Chaim, Rabbi Dorsch is proud to serve as Vice President of MERCAZ-USA, the Zionist arm of the Conservative Movement, and as a member of USCJ’s Teen Engagement Committee. He is a past member of the Board of Directors for Jewish Family and Career Services of Atlanta, as well as a fellow for Hazon’s Clergy Leadership Incubator program.
 
Rabbi Dorsch can’t wait to meet you for coffee (although he will have the iced tea) and tell you about the new and exciting things taking place at Etz Chaim. Rabbi Dorsch and his wife Amy, an educator at the Epstein School, are the proud parents of Zev and Haley.

Rabbi Albert I. Slomovitz, PhD

Associate Rabbi

Rabbi Albert Slomovitz is originally from North Miami Beach, Florida. He graduated from Columbia University and was educated at the Jewish Theological Seminary and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where he was ordained. He also has a Ph.D. and a second master's degree from Loyola University in Chicago.

Dr. Slomovitz served as a Navy Chaplain for over 20 years, earning three Meritorious Service Medals and two Navy Commendation and Achievement Medals, as well as the distinguished honor of “Chaplain of the Year.” He is a published author of three books. He is the Founder of the Jewish-Christian Discovery Center which is dedicated to promoting educational interfaith work.

Rabbi Slomovitz was the Founding Rabbi at Gesher L'Torah in Alpharetta and a long-time teacher in the Melton program. He and his wife Gail have four children and are blessed with 10 grandchildren. He is an Assistant American History Professor at Kennesaw State University and works as a volunteer chaplain with the Cobb County Police Department.

Rabbi Emeritus Shalom J. Lewis

 
 
After 40 years of service to Etz Chaim, Rabbi Emeritus Shalom J. Lewis, retired in 2019. He continues demonstrate his commitment to the idea of the rabbi as a teacher, and friend.
 
A graduate of Temple University, he was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He holds graduate degrees in education and Judaica.
 
The Rabbinic Suite of the synagogue has been named in his honor.
Sat, October 24 2020 6 Cheshvan 5781