Our Clergy

Rabbi Noam Raucher

Rabbi Noam RaucherRabbi Noam Raucher is the son of Gail and Steve Raucher; sibling to Ari (Carly), Michal (Yoni), and Aviva Raucher; husband to Tamar; father to Judah and Eli; and friend to many. Much of whom Rabbi Raucher is, is the direct result of the family he was and is raised by.

Noam Raucher is originally from Hamden, CT and grew up in a home of Jewish educators and leaders. He spent his youth educated by the Conservative movement in Solomon Schechter schools, participation in United Synagogue Youth, and summers at Camp Ramah in New England. He graduated from Hofstra University in 2002 with honors in Judaic Studies and Psychology. Noam spent the next few years working for Hillel at the University of California, San Diego; and as a counselor at the Yale Psychiatric Hospital in New Haven, CT. Eventually he made the move back out to California to attend the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, and was ordained in 2011.

Since then Rabbi Raucher has been serving as Associate Rabbi of Temple Israel in Charlotte, North Carolina. In that role Rabbi Raucher assumed responsibility for any and all pulpit tasks, overseeing youth programming and activities, young professional leadership, young family engagement, adult education, and outreach to marginalized members of the Jewish community including dual-faith families.

Rabbi Raucher loves being a rabbi and the meaningful work of the rabbinate. His self-written professional credo states: “I will live each and every day guided by a covenant of love with my Teacher. Each day I give thanks for the opportunity to serve the Jewish people, my fellow citizens of the world, and God. In service to them I will operate as a light of the Jewish tradition perpetuating: love, justice, hope, and wisdom. I will value people over programs, and relationships over numbers. I will always strive to sanctify life and treat all of creation as holy.”

In his spare time Noam can be found enjoying his family and two dogs: Dixie and Lucy, studying, hiking, reading, running, eating ice cream, and searching for the best fish tacos in town.

Feel free to reach out to Rabbi Raucher with any question or concern. Not sure what to call him? You can always use: Rabbi Raucher, Rabbi Noam, his nickname: Rabbi No-No. Perhaps the children of PJTC will think of a new nickname 🙂

E-mail: rabbiraucher@pjtc.net

Cantor Ruth Berman Harris

Cantor Ruth Berman HarrisBorn in Buenos Aires Argentina, Cantor Berman Harris received her cantorial education at the Rabbinical Seminary of Latin America.  In 1987, she had the distinct honor of becoming the first woman cantor in Argentina, carving a new and exciting path through the Argentine Jewish Community.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and Talmud from Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel.  Cantor Berman Harris led services at Lamroth Hakol and Temple Emanuel, in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Bet Daniel in Tel Aviv, Kehillat Yozma in Modiin and Kehillat Mevaseret Zion in the outskirts of Jerusalem.

From 2001 to 2005 she served as the cantor of Congregation Sinai in Fox Point, Milwaukee, WI, followed by five years in Phoenix, Arizona.

Currently, she is the cantor of Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center in Pasadena California.

“Being a cantor is not simply a job for me – it is what I was born to do. Gathering as a community in prayer enables us to open our doors to spirituality. Music is for me the tool that helps us elevate above the mundane, and our voices are the instruments that bring us closer to God. My role as cantor involves sharing Shabbat with our congregants during Friday night and Saturday morning services, High Holy Days services and minor holidays; life cycle events, teaching adult b’nai mitzvah classes, adult learning, trope classes, b’nai mitzvah students, bikur cholim (visits to the sick), counseling, leading our davenning team, and working with our religious school students.

In partnership with our clergy team, my purpose is to create a warm, compassionate, personal, dedicated and spiritually uplifting clergy team to enhance the PJTC experience for all congregants. I believe in giving myself fully to each of our congregants, sharing simchas and sadness, celebrations and disappointments, growing and evolving together as a community, as a family.”

Cantor Ruth, as she likes to be called, is married to Laurence Harris and they have three kids. Ariel 18, Talia 16 and Adam 15.

Email: cantor@pjtc.net

Rabbi Becky Silverstein

Rabbi Becky SilversteinRabbi Becky Silverstein is the Director of Education at Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center community. Ordained from the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College, he also holds a Bachelor of Science in engineering science from Smith College. Over the past six years, Becky has been energized and inspired through his work with youth and their families in a variety of settings, including Genesis at Brandeis University and Congregation Kehillath Israel. He has been an active educator and facilitator with Keshet. Becky believes that active engagement with Jewish tradition, texts and culture is key to nurturing and developing strong Jewish individuals and communities

Email: educationdirector@pjtc.net

Rabbi Gilbert Kollin

Rabbi Gilbert KollinRabbi Kollin is a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary and served as Rabbi of PJTC from 1989 till his retirement in 2003. In 2004, Rabbi Kollin was named Rabbi Emeritus. He was honored as “Congregant of the Year” in 2008.

Rabbi Kollin is a permanent member of the Rabbinical Assembly Bet Din that handles conversions to Judaism. He sits on the Institutional Review Board of The Glendale Adventist Medical Center and on the Charity Care Committee of The City of Hope. He also serves as a Jewish Chaplain at The City of Hope. Rabbi Kollin teaches weekly Talmud and Monthly Bible classes at PJTC..

Email: rabbiemeritus@pjtc.net