Rabbi Jon Cutler
Rabbi, a native of Philadelphia, earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from Temple University
in Religious Studies.
He earned a Master of Hebrew Letters and ordination as a Rabbi from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, Pa.
He then earned his Doctor of Ministry (Counseling) from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York.
Rabbi is a captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve in which he has served for 25 years.
also served on active duty for five years in the Philippines, Camp Lejeune, N.C. and Japan.
currently serves as the Force Chaplain for Naval Sea Systems Command
and as Deputy Force Chaplain, Commander Navy Installations Command
in Washington, D.C., until he
formally begins as Rabbi of Beth Israel
on September 1, 2015.
He previously was Deputy Command Chaplain for the US 6th Fleet, U.S. Forces Europe and Africa (2012-2013).
In addition, he
was mobilized to East Africa, Combined Joint Task Force â€" Horn of Africa as the Force Chaplain and Director of Religious Affairs (2011-2012); mobilized to Operation Iraqi Freedom, Al Anbar, Province, Iraq as the only Jewish chaplain for the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (2008-2009); ministered to military and civilian person-nel at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., after the September 11 attacks; and during Desert Storm with the First Ma-rine Expeditionary Force and the only Jewish chaplain for Marines and Navy in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait (1991).
Rabbiâ€™s extensive pulpit experience includes serving four congregations in his
civilian career â€" Congregation Bet Tikva, Flemington, N.J. (1993-1999); Congregation Tiferes Bâ€™nai Israel, Warrington, Pa. (1999-2007); and most recently Darkaynu, Warrington, Pa. (2009-2015).
also served as an interim rabbi at Congregation Beth Hatikva
(JRF), Summit, N.J. (2013-2014).
Rabbi Cutler served as a hospice chaplain for Abramson Center for Jewish Life.
He is an adjunct professor teach-ing Judaic Studies, Gratz College Melrose Park, Pa.; philosophy and religion, Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, Pa.; and counseling Psychology (graduate program) Holy Family University, Philadelphia, Pa.
is a recipient of various awards including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal
(2 awards), Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards).
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