Rabbi Reena Spicehandler
Since leaving her service at Temple Bat Yam, Rabbi Spicehandler continued with her chosen preference, serving as Interim Rabbi for other congregations. During 2009, she took a year off to pursue personal interests. For the month of July 2010, Rabbi Spicehandler returned to TBY to fill in while Rabbi Susan Warshaw was studying in Israel. The Temple welcomed her back, remembering her zany costume and her playfulness during Purim and other joyous holidays.
Our Rabbi from June of 2007-July 2008 was Rabbi Reena Spicehandler. Rabbi Spicehandler graduated from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, Pennsylvania. Over the past five years, she has focused her career on serving congregations as an Interim Rabbi, helping several Reform communities resolve conflicts and clarify their identity as a congregation and helping each of those congregations create a vision of its future.
She has extensive experience teaching both adults and children, and she is a Founding Board Member of the Interfaith Center of Philadelphia. Rabbi Spicehandler is fluent in Hebrew and French and has a reading knowledge in several other languages. Prior to specializing in being an Interim Rabbi, she served as Dean of Students at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College for 10 years.
We thank Rabbi Spicehandler for her year of service. Although she served TBY for just a year her presence will be felt for much longer. We wish her well and continued success in her chosen unique rabbinical calling.