Congregation B’nai Torah Welcomes Rabbi Evan Susman to Energize Young Adult and Family Programs – Boca Raton’s Most Reliable News Source
Rabbi Susman to Host Alternative Shabbat Services, Offer Pastoral Care and More
Boca Raton, FL – B’nai Torah Congregation, the largest conservative synagogue in Southeast Florida, today announced that Rabbi Evan Susman has joined the B’nai Torah community. Rabbi Susman will assist Chief Rabbi David Steinhardt in all rabbinical responsibilities at the synagogue. It will specifically focus on young adult and family programs, alternative Shabbat services, pastoral care, and creating exciting new ways to engage with B’nai Torah beyond the synagogue campus. Rabbi Susman will also co-lead an introductory Judaism course and program at B’nai Torah for Jews and non-Jews looking for a Jewish learning experience.
Rabbi Susman was ordained at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles, California. The school was designed to train a new generation of Conservative rabbis to meet the spiritual needs of an evolving North American Jewish community. Rabbi Susman has spent the past few years as Youth Director/Rabbinical Intern at Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills, California, and as a Youth Rabbinical Intern at Shomrei Torah Synagogue in West Hills, California. Her personal experience working with young adults and children will energize the growing presence of young people in the B’nai Torah community.
“My goal is to demonstrate how Judaism truly meets the spiritual, educational, humanitarian and personal development needs of young adults and families,” Rabbi Susman said. “I am delighted to work with the esteemed Rabbi Steinhardt who shares my passion for Jewish life and culture.”
“Judaism is a dynamic religion that has adapted to meet the needs of countless generations over thousands of years,” Rabbi Steinhardt added. “On behalf of the entire B’nai Torah community, I salute Rabbi Susman’s enthusiastic perspective on Jewish life in a changing world.
About Rabbi Evan Susman
Rabbi Evan Susman joined Congregation B’nai Torah in June 2022. The Rabbi was ordained at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles, California in the spring of 2022. The Ziegler School was designed to train a new generation conservative rabbis. meet the spiritual needs of a rapidly changing North American Jewish community. While studying at the seminary, Rabbi Susman also served as youth director/rabbinical intern at Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills, California, and rabbinical youth intern at Shomrei Torah Synagogue in West Hills, California. Rabbi Susman has been an integral part of the Jewish camping community throughout California since 2007, serving as assistant program coordinator at Camp JCA Shalom in Malibu; music manager at Camp Ramah Galim in Northern California; and music director/rabbinical trainee at Camp Alonim in Simi Valley, California.
Rabbi Susman graduated from Cal State University Northridge with a BA in Modern Jewish Studies and a minor in Pan-African Studies. While in college, he was very active in the Jewish community on campus, taught at a religious school, and worked with B’nai Mitzvah students at Temple Beth Shir Shalom in Santa Monica, California. After graduation, he served as the Hazzan of Beth El The Beaches Synagogue in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, as well as a music teacher at the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School in Jacksonville, Florida. Rabbi Susman is from Miami Beach and is passionate about Jewish music, education, and enriching the lives of our families and youth. He loves to travel, write music, play golf and cook, especially on Shabbat. Rabbi Susman joins the B’nai Torah community with his fiancée, Emily Davine.
About Congregation B’nai Torah
Congregation B’nai Torah is the largest Conservative synagogue in Southeast Florida with over 1,300 member families. It is a close-knit, multi-generational, modern and egalitarian synagogue, which offers various services, programs of worship, learning, tzedakah, social action and social activities. The B’nai Torah congregation creates a perfect outlet for arts, culture and learning, and we are home to several schools of Jewish education. The Synagogue, which offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities that will enrich the Synagogue experience, is a wonderful and vibrant center for tzedakah acts and projects that affect thousands of people. Learn more at https://btcboca.org.