John A. Franken

Rabbi at Temple Shalom

6930 Alpha Road, Dallas, Texas, United States
Temple Shalom
HQ Phone:
(972) 661-1810
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Last Updated 12/5/2017

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Employment History

President  - Baltimore Board of Rabbis

Rabbi  - Time Warner Cable Inc


Master's degree  - Hebrew Literature , University of Maryland

degrees  - Hebrew Literature , Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

degrees  - law , Tufts University

law degree  - University of Maryland School of Law

masters degree  - Hebrew literature , Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion


Fellow  - Hebrew University

Rabbi  - Bolton Street Synagogue

Board Member  - DOORWAYS

Board Member  - Baltimore Jewish Council

Member  - Central Conference

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Rabbi John Franken comes to Temple Sinai following stints in Boston and St. Louis, where he introduced services that aspire to be spiritual, participatory, joyful and fun. Meaningful worship, he explains, is "essential to creating an ethos in which everyone feels emotionally, spiritually and intellectually swept up in the sacred life and destiny of the Jewish people. Rabbi Franken is particularly known for his gifted teaching, thoughtful sermons, and compassionate spiritual guidance. He welcomes inquiries of all kinds, be they from people curious about Judaism to those seeking counsel or a friendly ear. In addition to rabbinic ordination, Rabbi Franken holds degrees in Hebrew Literature (M.A., Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion), law (J.D., University of Maryland, with honor), and Political Science (B.A., Tufts University, summa cum laude). As a rabbinic student, Rabbi Franken divided his studies between New York and Jerusalem where he was a fellow at the Hebrew University. In his previous posts, Rabbi Franken was especially active in worship transformation, outreach, social justice, youth and adult education, Israel engagement, and caring community projects. In the community he served as Chair of the Adult Institute of Jewish Studies, Vice President and Treasurer of the St. Louis Rabbinical Association, and adjunct professor of Jewish law at the St. Louis University School of Law. An avid traveler, Rabbi Franken has visited some 50 countries and served Jewish communities in Britain, Ireland, Israel, Luxembourg, and the United States. He enjoys the outdoors, all forms of Jewish learning, history, film, theater and tennis.

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