Kehillat Beth Israel, the new Conservative congregation to be formed this summer by the amalgamation of Congregation Beth Shalom and Agudath Israel Congregation, has announced that Rabbi Eytan Kenter will become the congregation’s senior rabbi.
Rabbi Kenter, a graduate of Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, and the Davidson School of Jewish Education, grew up in Westchester, New York and will move to Ottawa from Atlanta, Georgia where he has been associate rabbi and chief learning officer of Congregation B’nai Torah, a Conservative, egalitarian congregation, for the past seven years.
“It is our profound pleasure to announce that Rabbi Eytan Kenter will be joining Kehillat Beth Israel as our Senior Rabbi as of the first week of July,” wrote Kehillat Beth Israel Co-Presidents Lorne Goldstein and Stuart McCarthy in an email to congregants today.
“The decision to hire Rabbi Kenter was the result of countless hours of screening and interviewing of many candidates by our Rabbi Search Committee, a very high level of satisfaction expressed in a survey by congregants who attended the various activities during his recent visit with us and the approval of our three Boards of Directors – Agudath Israel, Beth Shalom and KBI.”
Rabbi Kenter and his wife, Staci Zemlak-Kenter, have a son, Boaz.
Rabbi Kenter will head a team of clergy that will also include Cantor Daniel Benlolo, currently of Congregation Beth Shalom, and Rabbi Deborah Zuker, currently ritual, education and outreach director at Agudath Israel Congregation.