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Senior Rabbi Jonathan E. Blake

Jonathan Blake is Senior Rabbi of Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, New York. His love of Torah and passion for Reform Judaism infuses his rabbinate, and his courses in adult education and enrichment draw large crowds of enthusiastic learners of all ages. Subjects of interest include History of Interpretation, Biblical and Rabbinic Literature, Jewish-Christian Relations, and History of Reform Judaism. Above all Rabbi Blake helps us find our own stories in the master story of the Jewish People.

A graduate summa cum laude of Amherst College (1995) and ordained from HUC-JIR (Cincinnati, 2000), Rabbi Blake began his rabbinate at Temple Beth-El in Providence, Rhode Island and served eight years as Associate Rabbi at his current pulpit before his election to the position of Senior Rabbi in 2011.  

Rabbi Blake is a noted orator, singer, and much-published and sought-after commentator on Jewish text and Jewish life.  He has been featured on CNN, in GQ Magazineand in the acclaimed documentary films 51 Birch Street and 112 Weddings. He has been a regular contributor to the URJ's online and printed publications, "Ten Minutes of Torah," "Reform Voices of Torah," and "Torah at the Center," and is a featured author in the books Prayers of Awe:  Encountering God (ed. Hoffman, 2016) and Text Messages: A Torah Commentary for Teens (ed. Salkin, 2012).

Under Rabbi Blake's leadership, WRT is shaping itself for the unique demands and opportunities of the 21st-century Jewish community.  He is married to performing artist Kelly McCormick.


The Extraordinary "Ordinary" Israeli
Rabbi Blake is currently leading a group from WRT on a Cultural and Culinary Tour of Israel. As they are enjoying Israel's exciting cuisine and seeing how Israel is changing the world's landscape both literally and figuratively through agriculture, environmental science, and technology, we get a glimpse through the words of the rabbi. Follow his blog here.


Rabbi Blake's Sermons: