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Rabbi Andrew Markowitz
A Philadelphian through and through, Rabbi Andrew Markowitz grew up in Northeast Philadelphia, attended Akiba Hebrew Academy (receiving his high school diploma on the old Adath Israel bima) and graduated from Temple University with distinction.
Rabbi Markowitz received his rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2017. While studying for ordination, he earned his MA in Jewish Education from the William Davidson School of Education. Throughout Rabbi Markowitz’s tenure in Rabbinical School, he had the privilege of serving as an eved hashem, a communal servant, in a variety of settings. He interned at The Emanuel Synagogue in West Hartford, CT while simultaneously working as a campus Rabbi at the Hillel of the University of Hartford. Rabbi Markowitz spent his final three years at JTS serving Congregation Beth Sholom in Teaneck, NJ as Director of Youth Engagement and Rabbinic Intern. Additionally, he had the privilege to spend a summer working as a hospital chaplain at Summit Medical Center in Summit, NJ in the oncology unit.
Most recently, Rabbi Markowitz served as Associate Rabbi/Director of Spiritual Programming at Beit T’Shuvah in Los Angeles - an inpatient Jewish addiction treatment facility and synagogue that combines the best practices of a traditional rehab with Jewish spirituality. He is certain that his finely honed skills of pastoral care and spiritual counseling will translate seamlessly into the congregational setting.
An inspiring educator, Rabbi Markowitz spent ten summers working, learning, and growing at Camp Ramah in the Poconos. His time at Ramah has had a profound impact on how Rabbi Markowitz understands the role that environment and relationships play in successful Jewish educational experiences. More importantly, Rabbi Markowitz met his wife, Michelle (who grew up in the Adath Israel community), while working at Ramah in 2007. They married at Adath Israel in 2012.
Rabbi Markowitz lives in Bala Cynwyd with Michelle and their adorable son, Simcha Ariel. The Markowitzes are happy to be able to “return home” to Adath Israel.
You can reach Rabbi Markowitz at (610) 934-1927 or [email protected].