Beth Israel Sinai Congregation
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My name is Rabbi Martyn Adelberg. I have had the honor of serving Beth Israel Sinai since October 2000. As a young man, I attended the Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Illinois and Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel. At the age of eighteen, I taught myself High Holy Day services off an old LP. After receiving my bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, I interviewed at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Ultimately, I decided to pursue a different career path.
I earned a master’s degree in African studies and then moved to South Africa for seven years to pursue my doctorate in Afrikaner-Jewish relations on a scholarship from the South African government. While living in Johannesburg, my wife Marcia and I added three children to our family. Our twin daughters Lara and Robyn and our son Gregory joined our eldest daughter, Becky, who had been born in East Lansing, Michigan a few years earlier. We returned to the United States in 1986. At that time I started a mathematics and foreign language supply company.
In October 2000, I became the new spiritual leader of Beth Israel Sinai Congregation, arriving as a self-trained cantor with six years of yeshiva study. In July 2003, at the Temple Board's suggestion, I began studying towards my rabbinical ordination, and earned my smicha in June 2006. Our synagogue has emerged as the spiritual center for Judaism in the greater Racine area. We are open to all Jews who seek to embrace and understand their religion. Beth Israel Sinai Congregation stresses Jewish unity. All perspectives are welcome.
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