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Rabbi Ron Herstik

Rabbi Ron Herstik

Rabbi Ron Herstik recently retired after years as the senior rabbi of Congregation Dor Tamid in Johns Creek and now plans to lecture, teach and conduct seminars and retreats. He also will be available to officiate at lifecycle events – weddings, baby namings, bar and bat mitzvahs – across the metro Atlanta area.

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Versed in Jewish tradition and learning, Rabbi Herstik is grounded in the social sciences, history and the modern study of the Hebrew Bible and other Jewish texts. A longtime advocate of equality for the GLBT community, the rabbi welcomes and embraces all couples and families.

A native of Israel, Rabbi Herstik is the son of Czechoslovakian Holocaust survivors. He was educated at UCLA and the University of Southern California and ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and Brown University before serving as a chaplain at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and the Sharp Hospital system in San Diego, Calif.

In 1983, Rabbi Herstik founded Congregation Dor Hadash in San Diego. He became known for his pioneering efforts in forming the synagogue’s havurot; creating educational programs for children and their parents; and starting services that included instrumental music, singing, discussion and meditation.

Rabbi Herstik is married to Silvia, and together they have twin daughters, Alexandra and Gabriela.

For additional information on Rabbi Herstik or to contact him, call (678) 977-5236 or e-mail rabbironh@att.net.

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