Rabbi Donald Rossoff has joined Temple Emanuel of South Hills as its interim rabbi. He follows Rabbi Mark Joel Mahler, who retired after serving the congregation for 38 years.
Rossoff, who began his year-long tenure at Temple Emanuel on July 1, has served most recently as interim rabbi at Barnert Temple in Franklin Lakes, N.J. He has also held interim rabbinic positions at Temple Beth Am in Framingham, Mass., and the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston, Ill.
Prior to his work as an interim rabbi, he served as senior rabbi of Temple B’Nai Or in Morristown, N.J., from 1990 to 2015, and is now the emeritus rabbi of that congregation.
He is the author of the children’s book, “A Perfect Prayer.”
“Rabbi Rossoff will serve as a bridge for our congregation, from the strong foundation that Rabbi Mahler helped build to a future where we can continue to flourish,” said David Weisberg, president of Temple Emanuel’s board.
“I am excited to be serving in such a warm, inclusive, and Jewishly rich congregation,” Rossoff said. “I look forward to sharing the transitional journey with Rabbi [Jessica] Locketz, the leadership, staff, and Temple members as we build upon Rabbi Mahler’s great legacy and set the stage for the vibrant future which surely lies ahead for Temple Emanuel.”
Rossoff will assist the congregation as it undergoes its search for a permanent rabbi.
He is now living in the South Hills with his wife Fran, a registered nurse. The couple has four adult children. PJC
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