Rabbi Jonathan Fisch is grateful to be the Assistant Rabbi at Temple Judea in Coral Gables, Florida. He began working at Temple Judea in 2014 after he completed his studies and obtained his smicha (ordination) from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles in May 2014.
Rabbi Fisch enjoys getting to know the community through outreach to families with young children, through a program called Torah Tuck-In, where he brings a Sefer Torah to their home and shares the beauty of its teaching with them. Once a month he gathers 25-39-year-olds for drinks around town and around the Shabbos Table called Gen. J. (Generation Jew.) Rabbi Fisch is a proud member of the growing MENSCH club, formally known as the Brotherhood. Since joining the Temple Judea community, Rabbi Fisch has found incredible community, surrounded by caring, welcoming, and compassionate congregants.
Most of all, Rabbi Fisch looks forward to being a part of the life of Temple Judea families in any way that he can, through life cycle events, transitions, and going out for coffee and meals to get to know members on a personal level. He gets asked often to perform weddings for congregants and non-congregants throughout the year. This is one of his favorite parts of being a rabbi, welcoming a new couple into their chuppah their marriage canopy. Rabbi Fisch’s door is always open to discuss and learn with everyone.
Rabbi Fisch served the Southern California Reform Jewish community for over ten years in the capacities as: Regional Advisor of North American Federation Temple Youth (NFTY), Master Teacher at Congregation Or Ami, Director of Counselors-In-Training (CIT) at URJ Camp Newman in Northern California, Hospital Chaplain at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Rabbinic Intern and Traveling Promoter for Jewish Summer Camping.
Rabbi Fisch received the Louis and Minnie Raphael Memorial Prize for his dedication to small synagogues in Southern California in 2012 after serving as the student rabbi in Victorville, California. He graduated with Honors from California State University, Northridge where he was the first person to graduate with a degree in Modern Judaic Studies. After college, he moved to Israel and spent two years exploring the land, studying, learning Hebrew, and riding his bike all over Eretz Yisrael.
During his free time, he enjoys dancing, watching movies, riding and racing his bikes, going to the gym, and most importantly, spending time with his wife Abby and daughter Ayla. They have one dog, named Rashi, and even though Rabbi Fisch spent many years learning Rashi in Rabbinical school, he has yet to understand Rashi, their dog!