Director of Lifelong Learning
Rabbi Steven H. Rau joined The Temple staff as Director of Lifelong Learning in 2002. He oversees The Temple’s Breman Religious School, Project Connect (youth engagement department), Tamid: A Lifetime of Jewish Learning (adult education), and the Weinberg Early Learning Center. Rau has revitalized The Temple’s educational and youth engagement programs, leading the school in receiving its first accreditation from the Association for Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE) in 2009.
Rabbi Steven Rau was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and received a Bachelor of Science in Speech Communications. During his undergraduate studies, Rabbi Rau attended Tel Aviv University in Israel. He received a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and was ordained in 1998. In 2003, Rau received the coveted title of Reform Jewish Educator from the ARJE. Additionally, he holds a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida. Before moving to Atlanta, Rabbi Rau served as Associate Rabbi and Director of Youth and Education at Congregation Ahavath Chesed in Jacksonville, Florida.
Rabbi Rau is actively involved in the greater Jewish educational world, serving nationally as a member of the ARJE Board of Trustees and on its Accreditation Committee, and locally as the treasurer of the Atlanta Education Directors’ Council. Rabbi Rau is co-author of Everyone is Welcome: Creating a Culture of Inclusion in Congregational Schools, published by URJ Press, was an editor and contributing writer of Mishkan Tefilah for Families, and is on the editorial team of Mishkan HaNefesh for Families, both published by the Central Conference of American Rabbis. In 2017, Rabbi Rau was honored by the ARJE as Distinguished Educator.
Rabbi Rau and his wife, Julie, have five children - daughters Aviv and Amit, and sons Ohad, Matthew, and Reid.
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