Unique Partnership at Temple Beth David

Congregation elects Husband and Wife to serve as Co-Rabbis and Co-Educators


Rabbi Micah and Rabbi Karen Citrin

January 17, 2016

Westwood, MA

At an overflowing Congregational meeting on Thursday evening January 14, 2016, the congregation of Temple Beth David of Westwood voted unanimously to approve the hiring of Rabbi Karen Citrin and Rabbi Micah Citrin as Co-Rabbis and Co-Educators beginning in July 2016. Together, the Rabbis Citrin will serve as the fourth elected rabbi for this Reform congregation in its 55-year history. They succeed long-time Rabbi (Emeritus) Henry Zoob, Rabbi Jeffrey Wildstein and Interim Rabbi Darryl Crystal. Rabbis Karen and Micah Citrin are husband and wife, and presently serve as Co-Rabbis at Temple Israel in Tulsa, OK.

Said Temple President David Wang: “Tonight’s vote represents the culmination of a process which began almost a year ago. Since my term began in July of 2014, I have stressed the importance of ‘Kehilla’ or Community. Tonight that Community came together to ratify the hard work performed by all those involved in selecting these extraordinary Rabbis who will ably and joyously lead our congregation into the future.”

Rabbi Karen, originally from Belmont, Massachusetts and a graduate of Brandeis University, was ordained from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles in 2003. Prior to serving in Oklahoma, Rabbi Karen served as Associate Rabbi and Rabbi/Educator at Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo, CA for ten years. In addition to leading worship, lifecycle events and fostering pastoral relationships, Rabbi Karen directed a variety of education programs including a nationally recognized Shabbat family education experience. Rabbi Karen values partnering with congregants to create and communicate vision, empowering innovation and involvement.

Rabbi Micah, originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico (although born in Brookline, MA) and a graduate of the University of Oregon, was ordained from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles in 2005. Rabbi Micah has also served as Associate Rabbi at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, CA, and Director of Community Life and Learning at Kehillah Jewish High School in Palo Alto, CA. He worked with Rabbi Karen and the clergy team at Peninsula Temple Beth El for three years in San Mateo, CA as Rabbi/Educator, especially focusing on teen engagement. Rabbi Micah strives to build connections through worship, study, and lifecycle moments. He believes in empowering congregants to become more knowledgeable in the Jewish tradition so that they can find personal meaning and feel inspired to make a difference in the world.

Both Rabbis hold Master’s Degrees in Jewish Education from the highly esteemed HUC-JIR Rhea Hirsch School of Education. They are the proud parents of twin 3rd grade boys.

The congregation thanks Interim Rabbi Darryl Crystal for his leadership and guidance.

Temple Beth David of Westwood was founded in 1960 and is a member of the Union for Reform Judaism. It serves approximately 250 families in Westwood, Medfield and surrounding towns.