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Kehilat HaNahar in New Hope welcomes new school director

Kehilat HaNahar (The Little Shul by the River) in New Hope on Wednesday announced that Rabbi Jonah Rank will become the new director of the Shul School effective July 1.

“We welcome Rabbi Jonah and look forward to benefiting from his extensive experience in teaching Jewish studies,” said Kehilat HaNahar Board President Stephen Fox. “We are thrilled he will be joining our community.”

Rabbi Jonah most recently served Congregation Shaar Shalom in Halifax, Nova Scotia, as the community’s “Maskil” (teacher of tradition). He holds a B.A. in Music from Columbia University and a B.A. in Jewish Music from the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he later received his rabbinic ordination alongside his MA in Jewish Thought.

Rabbi Jonah Rank

“I am truly looking forward to being part of a thriving Reconstructionist synagogue in the heart of Bucks County,” commented Rabbi Jonah.

Rabbi Jonah previously taught Jewish studies at the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan and served for three years as a Community Educator to model artistic Jewish communal living at the Brandeis Institute for Music and Arts in Waltham, Massachusetts.

With Rabbi Jonah’s Jewish music recognized by The Forward’s “Soundtrack of Our Spirit,” he composes records and performs in a variety of musical genres on a variety of instruments. In his spare time, Rabbi Jonah enjoys ice cream, comedy, and spending time with his spouse, Rabbi Dr. Raysh Weiss, and their family.

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