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Abramson Center for Jewish Life

1425 Horsham Road

North Wales, Pennsylvania 19454

United States

Company Description

The Institute maintains one of the foremost gerontological libraries in the country, containing work covering the psychological, sociological, and medical aspects of aging. The library's collection includes approximately 8,500 books and reports and 250 ac ... more

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Employment History


US Navy




Pennsylvania State Police


Reconstructionist Rabbinical College


Torah School


religious studies

Temple University

Doctor of Divinity degree

Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

Doctor of Ministry

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Doctor of Ministry

Pastoral Counseling

Hebrew Union College


religious studies

Temple University

Master of Hebrew Letters

Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

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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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Jon Cutler | Opinion: Learning True Nature of Judaism While Davening in East Africa Be'chol Lashon: Educational Resources: Newsletter: Opinion: Learning True Nature of Judaism While Davening in East Africa

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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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The Grand Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Rajab Mubajje, had a request last month for Rabbi Jon Cutler: Next time you make it to Kampala, bring a Chumash. During the same trip, the chief Islamic judge of Ethiopia, Sheikh Abdul Chello, made a similar appeal: Next visit, stay longer and teach me about Judaism.

Though educating East African Muslim leaders about Jews isn't at the top of Cutler's agenda, the senior chaplain for the United States Navy in the Horn of Africa thinks it's an added bonus of his work to promote religious tolerance in a potentially volatile corner of the globe.
From left are Capt. Rabbi John Cutler; Col.
Cutler said he is trying to promote Muslim and Christian interaction in East Africa as a way to head off tensions and perhaps prevent unrest and conflict. The idea is also to influence perceptions of the United States among key leaders.
The Reconstructionist rabbi and naval captain said that American priorities for the region center around "defense, development and diplomacy. They also include seeking to contain Islamic extremism, which is not as widespread as in the Arab world, but remains very much a threat, he said.
"I really believe it is the religious leaders who are going to make a difference in East Africa, not the the politicians," said Cutler, a hospice chaplain at the Abramson Center for Jewish Life in North Wales.
"Conflicts have torn the social fabric of the African societies, displaced millions of people, traumatized communities, drained the continent of material and human resources resulting in destabilizing governments and communities," the rabbi stated, adding that acting as a quasi-diplomat was a new role for him. "The ecumenical movement in Africa has a unique potential to respond effectively and in a timely manner to these social, political, cultural and economic challenges."
His deployment is expected to last for 13 months and he's based at the Navy's Camp Lemonnie in Djubuti, a desolate nation of about 700,000 people on the Indian Ocean coast. Cutler, who counseled rescue workers in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, is planning to take part in a memorial service on the base. He's also going to lead High Holiday services.
Shortly into his stint, Cutler decided that what African clerics really needed was more information about how religious plurality and interfaith engagement works in America. In particular, many Islamic leaders had the mistaken impression that Muslims aren't free to practice their religion in the United States, said Cutler.
Cutler stated that, for the most part, there is a high degree of interaction between Muslim and Christian leaders in East Africa; the problem of mistrust and intolerance exists more on the grass- roots level.
While the overall goal of the Ramadan tour centered around relationship building and was not overly focused on tangible results, Cutler said he encouraged Christian and Muslim clerics to cooperate on microfinance initiatives, which would give individuals in poorer nations access to credit to start or grow small businesses.
On Saturdays, Cutler took time out to visit other Jewish communities in Ethiopia and Kenya. Most Christians and Muslims he encountered wanted to know more about Jews and Judaism, even if they had expressed concerns about Israel and its policies regarding the Palestinians.
Cutler said he often referred to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as an example of what happens when clerics don't lead the way to reconciliation.

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Rabbi Jon Cutler said he was hoping to keep members of his prayer group engaged.

In 22 years in the pulpit, Rabbi Jon Cutler has led scores of High Holiday services. He knows the look.
Yet a prime opportunity to forge commitment, Cutler says, often yields anything but.
Cutler is seeking new ways to trigger spiritual commitment and fulfillment as he helps shape Darkaynu. The gathering, a small group known as a havurah, is celebrating its first High Holidays together. It meets at the BuxMont Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Warrington.
The group's mission is tikkun olam ("to repair the world") through personal and community transformation while acknowledging that individuals may accomplish those goals in different ways. The group, founded in March, is the latest incarnation of Cutler's rabbinate, which has included military chaplaincy and leading a Warrington congregation.
Cutler, 53, of Flourtown, spent much of the last two years in Iraq. As the first full-time Jewish chaplain to be assigned in the western region, Cutler supervised 20 chaplains of various faiths.
He established the first Jewish chapel at Al-Asad air base, published a newsletter, trained Jewish lay leaders, and developed a Jewish movie night. A longtime captain in the Navy Reserve, he completed his most recent tour in February.
"It was hard to reconnect with family and friends," said Cutler, who oversaw counseling services in Iraq after four American troops committed suicide and a suicide bomber killed two people just outside an American base.
After his stint ended, Cutler told members of Congregation Tiferes B'nai Israel, the Reconstructionist synagogue he led for eight years, that he needed a break from congregational duties to think about his future. The congregation and Cutler parted ways.
But soon, several former congregants contacted Cutler about starting an informal prayer group. The result is Darkaynu, which meets on alternate Fridays.
"We're not looking at being a synagogue," said Cutler, who also teaches at Gratz College in Melrose Park and is a hospice chaplain at the Abramson Center for Jewish Life in Horsham.

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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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