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Our Clergy

Our clergy are always available to meet with members of the congregational family. The spiritual and personal needs of every congregant are their main concerns. Our clergy visit members in local hospitals, at nursing homes as well as those who are home bound. Our Rabbis and Cantor are always available to meet Temple Israel’s pastoral needs.

The Temple Israel Bimah exudes the spirituality of Jewish Prayer.  Jewish music, prayer, and humor are utilized to share the strength of their faith and to help us all draw upon God’s healing power. Challenging sermons, thoughtful Torah study and personal leadership offer each of us the insights of over two thousand years of Rabbinic teaching.

Rabbi Murray Ezring (email), our Senior Rabbi, has been the spiritual leader of Temple Israel since the Summer of 1994. A native of Rock Island, Illinois, he received his Liberal Arts Degree in History and Social Studies from the University of Illinois. Rabbi Ezring received his MA and ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), taking his first pulpit in Oakhurst, New Jersey for ten years, followed by six years in Boca Raton, Florida.

Elias Roochvarg (email) has been the Cantor of Temple Israel since August 1995. A native of  Newark, New Jersey, he earned his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from UNC-  Chapel Hill, and his Masters Degree in voice from Boston University. He received his cantorial training at the Institute of Religion in New York and spent three years at Hebrew Union College’s Jerusalem campus, the last two of which he served as Cantor and Music Director. Cantor Roochvarg previously served as Cantor for 15 years at Congregation Beth Israel in Owings Mills, Maryland. He has performed and lectured widely at venues including The Smithsonian Institution. He and his wife Linda, have three children, Aaron, Miriam and Michael. 

Rabbi Tracy Klirs (email), our Associate Rabbi, is a valued member of the Temple Israel clergy team. Previously, she served as the Religious School Director at Temple Israel of Great Neck, NY for seven years before relocating to Charlotte in the summer of 2012. She was the first woman rabbi to head a Jewish congregation in Canada. In addition, Rabbi Klirs was the lead author and editor of The Merit of Our Mothers: A Bilingual Anthology of Jewish Women’s Prayers and author of numerous articles on Yiddish prayers and literature. She has performed with several Jewish choirs and musical ensembles.

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