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Rabbi David Kay

rabbikay@ohevshalom.org  •  ext. 116

A native Chicagoan, Rabbi David Kay earned a Bachelor of Science in Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution from the University of Illinois. For the next several years, he played in a band and worked for an animal advocacy organization, until re-engaging in the Jewish community and joining a pilot program to train teachers and rabbis to serve the Jewish Deaf community. He then enrolled in the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, receiving his Master of Jewish Education and rabbinic ordination in 2002.

As a rabbinical student, he held a High Holiday pulpit at the Rochester Institute of Technology/National Technical Institute of the Deaf, and a Passover pulpit in Johannesburg, South Africa. After ordination, he spent 2 years with a start-up Conservative synagogue in southwest Florida before becoming Ohev Shalom’s first Assistant Rabbi. When Rabbi Aaron Rubinger retired, Rabbi Kay was approved as Senior Rabbi.

A member of the Rabbinical Assembly, Rabbi Kay currently coordinates the Greater Orlando Board of Rabbis and serves on the board of directors of the Interfaith Council of Central Florida, which includes organizing the City of Orlando’s annual interfaith/multicultural Martin Luther King celebration. In 2019, Rabbi Kay led the first Pride Shabbat service at Orlando City Hall.

 

Cantor Allan Robuck

cantor@ohevshalom.org  •  ext. 103

Cantor Allan Robuck has been the Cantor at Congregation Ohev Shalom since the fall of 1991. His primary cantorial training was with Cantor Moshe Friedler, then of congregation Rodeph Shalom in Tampa. He attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he received a degree in Music Education with a minor in Jazz piano performance. After teaching public school music in Ohio, Cantor Robuck relocated to Orlando and worked as a performer at Walt Disney World for 12 years. He first appeared at COS as a member of the choir. He became a member of the Cantors Assembly, the world’s largest organization of professional cantors, in 2001.

In addition to leading services, his duties at COS currently include leading the adult choir, teaching in the Religious School, and preparing students for B’nai Mitzvah. He also leads the popular “Piano Shabbat” service once each month, a complete Friday night service with the Cantor at the piano. 

 

Rabbi Emeritus Aaron D. Rubinger

rabrub2@aol.com  •  ext. 118

Rabbi Aaron Rubinger grew up steeped in Conservative Judaism as the son of a rabbi, but didn’t envision following in his father’s path. After graduating from Brandeis University, he studied ancient history at UCLA, where he received an M.A., and then worked on his Ph.D. and taught at UC Berkeley. But he soon began to realize that he wanted to do much more with his life and have an even greater impact on others. He wanted, after all, to become a rabbi.

After graduating from the Jewish Theological Seminary, Rabbi Rubinger served for 8 years as rabbi of Temple Beth Abraham in Canton, MA. In 1990, Rabbi Rubinger felt it was time to take on a new challenge and became the rabbi of Congregation Ohev Shalom as Rabbi Rudolf Adler was transitioning to rabbi emeritus.

Under Rabbi Rubinger’s leadership, membership grew and congregants were inspired to learn more about Judaism and their heritage. To mark his transition to rabbi emeritus after 28 years of service, congregants honored his passionate commitment to Jewish adult education by inaugurating COS’s Rubinger Adult Learning Institute. 

As rabbi emeritus of COS, Rabbi Rubinger continues to teach, including the Discover Judaism class he has taught for decades, which has resulted in more than 300 conversions. He also continues to research and write on contemporary European anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism.

Wed, October 28 2020 10 Cheshvan 5781