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Educator and Rabbinical Associate

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Local Address:  Detroit , Michigan , United States
Temple Beth El
7400 Telegraph Road
Bloomfield Hills , Michigan 48301
United States

Company Description: Temple Beth El's Next Generation Group, "Next Gen," is a group dedicated to promoting and enhancing a sense of community and Jewish identity among young...   more

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Temple Beth El, Bloomfield Hills, MI - TBE Action News, 12 Aug 2014 [cached]
Keren Alpert, Rabbinic Associate, enlightened the group with an explanation of the Four Species â€" the Lulav and the Etrog. One interpretation of them is that they are said to represent four different types of Jews in regard to learning and performance of good deeds, but all Jews, whatever their "type", she assured us, have something to contribute to Klal Yisrael and to each other.
11/29/2013 - Keren Alpert, a ..., 1 Dec 2013 [cached]
11/29/2013 - Keren Alpert, a popular educator and rabbinical associate at Temple Beth El in Bloomfield Township, tendered her resignation to the temple's board of director's on Thursday, November 21, after it was discovered she had never attended rabbinical training as she had told the temple she had.
Raymond Rosenfeld, president of Temple Beth El's board, said that Alpert joined the staff of the temple in 2004 as an educator and then became a rabbinic associate in 2007.
"Then, in May 2012, we had an ordination at Temple Beth El on the assumption, the assurance, that Keren had completed her education."
Alpert had led the temple to believe that she had enrolled and attended ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal ordination programs in Philadelphia. According to their website, "The ALEPH Rabbinic Program is a non-denominational, highly decentralized program of learning which offers structured guidance and mentorship in pursuing the rigorous studies and practica which can culminate in rabbinic ordination. A non-traditional seminary, it blends a variety of modalities of learning, including its own retreats, seminars and tele/video-conference courses, along with other distance learning programs and courses and coursework undertaken in universities, colleges, synagogues and seminaries to which a student has access, supervised by each student's director of studies.
Rabbi Marcia Prager, director and dean of the ordination program, stated that Alpert was never enrolled and had never applied to ALEPH.
The discovery of her lie occurred about six months ago when the board asked Alpert, a Grosse Pointe resident, if she would participate in the ALEPH ordination ceremony in addition to the temple's ceremony.
Her resignation was accepted on Thursday, November 21, and Rosenfeld sent a letter to the congregation on Friday, November 22, stating, "In recent days, Keren admitted that over the past five years she was not truthful with the clergy, leadership and congregation.
Rosenfeld also wrote to fellow congregants, "we have consulted multiple authorities who all concur that even though Keren never trained as a rabbi, the Jewish rites that she performed over the past year are still absolutely valid, including all weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, conversions and baby namings."
I would think Keren was an expert, but I do not know. She was highly regarded by other rabbis in the region, and I have been told other rabbis were present during ceremonies she officiated at."
Attempts to reach local area Reform and Conservative rabbis for comment regarding the validity of Alpert's performance at Jewish rites were unsuccessful.
"We will begin a process soon to hire a new assistant rabbi to replace Keren," he said.
Temple Beth El, Bloomfield Hills, MI - Our Rabbis, 13 Nov 2012 [cached]
Keren Packman Alpert Rabbi
Temple Beth El’s Rabbi, Keren Packman Alpert, has been working for Temple Beth El since 2004, first as the Education Director, and now as the Rabbi.
Keren also continues to be the Monday night School principal. In addition, Keren is a regular instructor both for the Temple’s adult education classes, particularly the popular Lunch and Learn and Lunar Learn programs, and some adult Hebrew classes. Keren is also proud of her role as instructor for the Florence A. Melton Adult Mini-School.
Before becoming education director At Temple Beth El, Keren, a Grosse Pointe Farms resident, she most recently served the Grosse Pointe Jewish Council, where she established a post B’nai Mitzvah program, chanted Torah for services, coordinated and conducted early family services and served as guest cantorial soloist.
Prior to her move to Grosse Pointe Farms, Keren served the Union for Reform Judaism as the Regional Educator for the Southwest Council (Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas and western Tennessee). She served as a consultant for the region’s Reform congregations, conducting site visits, making recommendations, helping train teachers and providing assistance in curriculum, materials and pedagogic approaches. She was also a facilitator of online education courses for teachers. During this time, she authored two books for the UAHC, The Role of Temple Boards in Congregational Education and Rethinking Jewish Education: The Role of the Education Committee.
Keren is a former education and youth director of Temple B’nai Israel in Oklahoma City. The temple has an intercongregational religious school with the local Conservative congregation. As education director, she was actively involved in teacher supervision and training and focused a great deal of energy in family programming and curriculum review. She also managed two Hebrew tracks, Conservative and Reform.
Keren has had a long affiliation with Greene Family Camp of Bruceville, Texas, the Reform Jewish camp for her region. There, she has served as songleader, camper, counselor and senior staff member; It was at Greene Family Camp that she first met her husband of 24 years, Ted, when they were both campers.
Temple Beth El, Bloomfield Hills, MI - Contact Us, 13 Nov 2012 [cached]
Rabbi Keren Alpert, ext. 3141 - Direct 248-865-0604
Temple Beth El, Bloomfield Hills, MI - Keren Alpert Hi Tech & High Touch, 12 Dec 2013 [cached]
Keren Alpert Hi Tech & High Touch Temple Beth El, Bloomfield Hills, MI - Keren Alpert Hi Tech & High Touch
Keren Alpert, Rabbinic Associate
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