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Beth Israel Congregation
385 Pottstown Pike
Eagle , Pennsylvania 19480
United States

Company Description: Beth Israel Congregation was established in Coatesville in 1904 and formally chartered in 1916 when it officially took the name ‘Beth Israel’. We have impacted...   more

Employment History


  • Doctor of Ministry , Pastoral Counseling
    Hebrew Union College
  • B.A. , religious studies
    Temple University
  • M.A. , religious studies
    Temple University
  • Education
    Torah School
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Rabbi Jon ..., 16 Oct 2015 [cached]
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. He also served on active duty for five years in the Philippines, Camp Lejeune, N.C. and Japan. He 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).
Rabbi’s extensive pulpit experience includes serving four congregations in his civilian career â€" Congregation Bet Tikva, Flemington, N.J. (1993-1999); Congregation Tiferes B’nai Israel, Warrington, Pa. (1999-2007); and most recently Darkaynu, Warrington, Pa. (2009-2015). He 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.
He 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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Rabbi Jon Cutler
Ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote PA, Rabbi Cutler holds B.A. and M.A. in religious studies from Temple University and a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling from Hebrew Union College, New York. Upon ordination, he entered the U.S. Navy as a chaplain and was on active duty for 5 years. He served in Subic Bay, Philippines; Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; and as the only Jewish Chaplain for the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy in Operation Desert Storm and Okinawa, Japan. More recently, he assisted at the Pentagon after September 11th as a grief counselor. He is still in the U.S. Navy Reserves at the rank of Commander. He served a Reconstructionist congregation in Flemington, New Jersey for 7 years prior to joining our congregation in 1999. In addition to being a congregational rabbi, he is a visiting professor at Philadelphia University and teaches philosophy and ethics.
If you wish to contact the Rabbi, you may do so at the synagogue (215) 343-0155 or by e-mail
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Plenty of rabbis lead their congregation's ..., 5 July 2008 [cached]
Plenty of rabbis lead their congregation's book club, but Jon Cutler may be the only one who does so from a war zone.
Cutler, the spiritual leader of Congregation Tiferes B'nai Israel in Warrington, Pa., for eight years, has been serving in Iraq since November as a U.S. Navy commander.
The only Jewish Navy and Marine chaplain in Iraq, he is attempting to create a "viable Jewish community" at the five U.S. Navy bases in western Iraq with Shabbat services, learning programs and even a bet midrash.
Still Cutler, in his early 50s, is staying in touch with his Reconstructionist congregation in Bucks County.He receives four to five e-mails per day from congregants and continues to guide the book club, which meets every four to six weeks at a local Panera Bread bakery-cafe in Montgomeryville.
The book chosen for discussion is sent to Cutler.
They arrived with questions, insights and research on the subject, most of which were directed to Cutler once he joined the meeting via phone from 6,000 miles away.
But the book wasn't the only thing on some minds.Before Cutler came on the line, congregants Thaierry Steenberghs and John Green talked about how best to bake challah that will stay fresh for the weeklong air mail journey to Cutler's base.
Cutler called Steenberghs' cell phone, and the room hushed so everyone could hear the rabbi.
At the end of the talk about Aaron's book, Cutler spoke about the situation in Iraq.
"The troops' spirits are pretty good," he said.
Asked about recent bombings in Baghdad, Cutler explained that insurgent activity has risen since the dust storms subsided-a correlation between weather and terrorism that had not occurred to his congregants.
The rabbi was on the phone for an hour and a half.
Cutler says that his faith has "grown stronger" in Iraq and his prayers are "more spiritual and intense because of where we are."
Cutler, a 1987 graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, will remain in western Iraq until early next year.He is based at the Marine air base Al Asad in the Anbar province of Iraq and recently was promoted to wing commander.
The chaplain says he has been especially impressed with the unity among people of different faiths in Iraq.
"The world of Navy chaplaining is a great example of how people should really live-with respect and tolerance," he said.
While congregants say Cutler is sorely missed, they believe something beneficial has come from the difficult situation.
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Rabbi Jon E. Cutler, The Jewish Exponent, April 11, 2012
Rabbi Jon E. Cutler is spiritual leader of Darkaynu, Bucks County, and a hospice chaplain at Abramson Center for Jewish Life.
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