Rabbi Peter S. Berg

Email: pberg@the-temple.org


Peter Berg became the fifth senior rabbi of The Temple since 1865 in July 2008. He is thrilled to serve this diverse and multi-generational congregation as a spiritual leader. Rabbi Berg is passionate about Jewish learning and meaningful worship, and he is an advocate for social change.


Prior to coming to The Temple, he served as rabbi of Temple Beth Or in Washington Township, New Jersey and as the Associate Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, Texas. Additionally, he served Congregation Kol Ami in White Plains, New York as a rabbinic intern and at Beth El Hebrew Congregation in Alexandria, Virginia, as its Youth Director.

Rabbi Berg worked for three years at the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) as a rabbinic intern with the National Director of Program. In this capacity, he helped to develop innovative programs for the Reform movement and to coordinate worship and special programs for several Biennial conventions. Additionally, for three summers, Rabbi Berg served as the Education Director at URJ Camp Harlam in the Poconos. Rabbi Berg recently completed his term as Chair of the national Program Committee for the Central Conference of American Rabbis.

Over the years, Rabbi Berg has spent a great deal of time working with advocacy groups on issues such as separation of church and state, the death penalty, civil rights, religious freedom, welfare reform, hate crimes and the environment. He has served on numerous communal and advisory boards, including the American Jewish Committee, the American Jewish Congress, the Anti-Defamation League, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Mental Health Association, Dallas for Children, the Westwood Area Clergy Association, The New York Service for the Handicapped, The Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta (FAMA), Jewish Family and Career Services (JF&CS) and UJA Federation of Dallas and New Jersey. 

He currently serves on the Board of American Jewish Committee, The Anti-Defamation League, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, URJ Camp Coleman Clergy Advisory Board, The Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS), and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Rabbi Berg is on the editorial committee for the new machzor (High Holy Day Prayer Book) for the Central Conference of American Rabbis. He is a member of the Greater Atlanta Reform Clergy Association and the Atlanta Rabbinical Association. 


A native of Ocean Township, New Jersey, Rabbi Berg holds a degree in Education and Human Development, with a focus in human services, counseling and Judaic Studies from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He earned his M.A. in Hebrew Literature and his rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in New York and Jerusalem, where he was a Steinhardt Fellow. Rabbi Berg also holds a certificate in Chemical Dependency and Spiritual Counseling and is a trained Disaster, Fire and Police Chaplain.

 

In 2009, Rabbi Berg was inducted into the College of Preachers at Morehouse College.  Rabbi Berg was a member of the 2012 Leadership Atlanta class and is an active member of the Downtown Atlanta Rotary.  He was recently appointed to Georgia Commission on the Holocaust by the Governor.  

In 2013, Rabbi Berg was named by Newsweek and The Daily Beast as one of the top 50 most influential rabbis in the United States of America.  

Rabbi Berg lives in Atlanta with his wife Karen Kerness Berg, a teacher and tutor, and their three children.

 

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