Rabbi Barbara Metzinger is the full time Rabbi of Temple Emanuel since 2001.She
not only leads from the bema, but is very active with our youth and all aspects of our Religious School
and leads many adult education courses.See her
Rabbi Barbara Metzinger
, M.A.H.L., was ordained in 1995 from the New York campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
.A native of Los Angeles, California, she has a BS from California State University, Northridge, and an MBA from the University of Southern California.Prior to entering rabbinic school in 1990, she was a Vice President in the Corporate Banking division of Security National Bank and worked in offices in Los Angeles, New York, and London.
Rabbi Metzinger's rabbinic thesis â€" "Heter Iska: A History of the Increasing Permissibility of Interest-Bearing Loans in Jewish Law"â€" allowed her
to combine her
interest in business with her
love of ethics.As a student, Rabbi Metzinger was the rabbinic intern for congregations in Cedar Grove, New Jersey, and Lynbrook, New York.And in the summer of 1994, she was a Wexner rabbinic intern at Congregation Gates of Prayer in Metairie, Louisiana.Following ordination, Rabbi Metzinger served as Associate Rabbi and Educator at Temple Emanuel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and then as Associate Rabbi at Temple Emanu El in Cleveland, Ohio.In Pittsburgh, she was on the Board of Trustees of the South Hills Interfaith Ministries and is a past President of the Greater Pittsburgh Reform Rabbis.In Cleveland, Rabbi Metzinger was a member of the Strategic Planning Committee for INTERACT (Interreligious Partners in Action) Cleveland and the Steering Committee for the Charlotte Goldberg Community Mikvah.She is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis' Joint Commission for Sustaining Rabbinic Education and a former member of its Investments Committee.In Beaumont, she sits on the Clergy Advisory Subcommittee of the Jefferson County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council and is a member of the Beaumont Clergy Fellowship.