Clergy

Rabbi Michael Ragozin

Rabbi Michael Ragozin began his tenure at Congregation Shirat Hayam in July 2015.  He draws from the best of Jewish tradition to create open, accessible and meaningful experiences which leave you feeling welcome, connected, and enriched.  He is particularly committed to helping everyone find their own Jewish practice.

Previously, he led Congregation Sha’are Shalom in Leesburg, Virginia where membership increased by thirty-two percent and religious school enrollment by eighty percent during his seven year tenure.

Rabbi Michael learned the aleph-bet (Hebrew alphabet) at age 25 and fell in love with Jewish life while living in Jerusalem and studying at Pardes.  Prior to becoming a rabbi, Rabbi Michael was a baker (from age 9 – 14), taught Algebra through Teach for America, and worked in technology.  He is married to Sarah; their children, Liora, Noam, and Aleza, were born in 2007, 2009 and 2018.  He enjoys basketball and the outdoors.

Cantor Alty Weinreb

Cantor Alty Weinreb began at Shirat Hayam in July 2018. He is an engaging 21st Century spiritual leader & educator. Cantor Alty believes in prayer services that move the human heart, that enable people to connect to themselves and their Judaism just as they are, and contribute just as they are. He seamlessly merges tradition with modernity.

Prior to coming to Shirat, Cantor Alty led High Holiday and Shabbat services at Temple Hillel in North Woodmere, New York and Highland Park Temple in Highland Park, New Jersey. Cantor Alty has led services at Nursing Homes and Hospitals, led Chuppah wedding ceremonies, taught B’nei Mitzvah classes, conducted choirs and taught children music. He is the proud husband of wife Elizabeth. Cantor Alty is the singer & songwriter of the Judeo Flamenco – music group, Lyla Canté and singer of the Klezmer Jazz group The Simcha All- Stars.

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