RABBI DR. STEVE STERN
Rabbi Steve Stern and his wife, Ruth, have been members of Beth Emunah since its earliest days. He became the interim Rabbi after the founding Rabbi Murray Silberling retired in the summer of 2014. He was appointed as the Sr. Rabbi of Beth Emunah in January, 2015.
Steve was born in Morocco, Africa. His father, from an orthodox Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York, had joined the Navy and was stationed in Morocco where he met Steve’s mother who was raised in an observant Moroccan Jewish home. Steve moved to the USA when he was 11 years of age. In 1972, at the age of 17 he became convinced that Yeshua was indeed the Jewish Messiah. In 1979, Steve graduated from Bethany College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Pastoral Ministries and Biblical Studies.
In 1984, he attended his first Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC) conference and his vision and passion for Messianic Judaism was ignited. He became a UMJC planter and served on the theology committee for several years.
In 1986, Steve helped pioneer a Messianic Congregation (Beth Shalom) in Western Massachusetts where he served as the Rabbi for four years. After graduating from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1987, with a Master of Divinity, he did a one Year Chaplain Residency at Connecticut Valley Hospital (a mental health facility) and received a Certificate in Pastoral Counseling. In 1990, Steve received smichut (ordination as a Messianic Rabbi) from the UMJC and became the Associate Rabbi at Ahavat Zion Messianic Synagogue in Beverly Hills in which he served for two years working with Rabbi Barry Budoff. Steve returned to school and earned a degree in Physical Therapy from California State University Northridge in 1997 and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Western University in 2003. Steve’s wife Ruth has believed in Yeshua since she was 15 years old and they have been married for over 30 years. Rabbi Steve and Ruth are proud parents and grandparents. Their son, Aaron, lives in Los Angeles, and their son, Matt, lives in Israel with his wife, Shoshana, and their two children.
RABBI EMERITUS MURRAY SILBERLING
Murray Silberling is the founder of Beth Emunah Messianic Synagogue and Rabbi Emeritus, having retired in the summer of 2014.
In his over thirty years of experience he has successfully pioneered three different congregations, and is a highly regarded leader and thinker. Author of Dancing for Joy, Rabbi Murray is fondly known throughout the Messianic Jewish movement as the "Dancing Rabbi". A highly sought after teacher, he has spoken regularly at congregations and conferences around the world and has led numerous tours to Israel over the years, and is a strong supporter of the Jewish State. He has served on various national and regional committees, and has held numerous positions of leadership throughout the Messianic Jewish Movement.
You can purchase Rabbi Silberling's book here: Dancing for Joy.
His most recent book, “The Seven Year Contract: Fixing the Institution of Marriage,” is available on Amazon.com.
BETH EMUNAH'S BOARD MEMBERS
BETH EMUNAH'S SHAMASHIM LEADERS
Education: Alison Margolis
Youth: Mel Bertrand
Worship: Sally Robinson
Dance/Torah Service Director: Juli Burkhart-Hosler
Sisterhood: Barbra Miner
Men's Ministry: John Pride
Beit Midrash/Offering Coordinator: Dr. Hal Miner
Judaica: Amanda Staples & Danah Sanders
Oneg & Kitchen: Gail Aronson
Sound: Bill Morrison
Decorations: Lisa Lenchner
Facility/CD Ministry: Elizabeth Margolis
Prayer Network: Avelina Diaz
Ushers & Greeters: Esther Skogstad
Homeless Outreach: Karin Foreman