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Rabbi Jeffrey Eisenstat - Rabbi Sarah Messinger

Rabbi Jeffrey Eisenstat
Rabbi Jeff is the Founding Director of Camp JRF and Noar Hadash. In over 36 years as a rabbi, he has served congregations in Plantation, FL, Philadelphia and State College, PA, directed Hillel at Penn State and has also run summer camps, youth programs, family retreats and family trips to Israel. He received his Masters in Education from Temple University and is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.
While at RRC he created an alternative Jewish high school program which was the genesis of experiential learning which guided his work with youth and camping and was featured at the very first CAJE Conference in 1976.
At RRC Rabbi Jeff has taught courses for Rabbi as Educator, Merging Formal and Informal Jewish Learning and at present is facilitating Transformative Text Experiences. Among his writings are studies in creating family davening experiences, teaching the Civilization Approach and The Values of Spiritual Peoplehood. Jeff has also made some musical recordings.
Jeff is a recipient of the Ira Eisenstein Lifetime Achievement Award from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association. Jeff is married to Rabbi Sarah Messinger where together they have founded Congregation Shireinu where they use their experiential skills in creative prayer. They have three children; Ari, Miriam and Rachel.

Rabbi Sarah Messinger

Rabbi Sarah Messinger received her ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1987. Sarah has served congregations in Wilmington DE, Plantation FL and Lock Haven PA. She received her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 1997. Rabbi Sarah and her husband Rabbi Jeffrey Eisenstat have created Congregation Shireinu, outside of Philadelphia, which embodies the philosophy of "learning with laughter." Sarah’s professional identity is defined by creative programming for families, camps and community programs. Her programs are multi generational, interactive and educational with a focus towards Tikkun Olam (repairing the world).
Rabbi Sarah has served as the Director of Education in both Reform and Reconstructionist congregations. She has developed family education programs and workshops in a number of community settings. Sarah helped to create the educational program at Camp JRF (the National Reconstructionist Camp) and she served on the faulty at Eisner Camp (URJ camp) for many years.
In addition to programing for children, Sarah has had extensive experience in presenting and creating adult education courses, teacher trainings and interactive adult programs. Currently, Rabbi Sarah is team teaching a course at RRC in "Creating Transformative Text Experiences."
As a rabbi, a systemic family therapist, and as an educator, Sarah brings a unique focus to all educational opportunities.