Temple Judea, an egalitarian conservative synagogue in Fort Myers, welcomed its new Rabbi July 15.
Rabbi Elyssa Auster, 29, received her rabbinic ordination and masters of Jewish education from Hebrew College this June. She also received a masters in theological studies at Boston University. She received a B.A. with honors at Brandeis University in European cultural studies and Latin American studies.
In her position as rabbi of Temple Judea, Auster will lead approximately 200 households and provide directorial guidance to its preschool, after hours religious school and adult education classes.
Rabbi Elyssa Auster
Temple Judea's Presi-dent Keith Grossman said after a year-long search the temple community welcomed Rabbi Auster.
"She brings incredible enthusiasm and creativity developed from a wide variety of experiences," he said. "With Rabbi Auster's spiritual leadership, we anticipate joyous growth and vision for the only conservative synagogue in Lee and Charlotte counties."
Temple Judea is affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. It's located at 14486 A&W Bulb Road in Fort Myers.