Rabbi Adam Wohlberg
Rabbi Adam Wohlberg has served as rabbi of Temple Sinai since 2002. During his tenure, Rabbi Wohlberg’s warmth and compassion, his love of Judaism and commitment to Jewish tradition, are consistently found in the work that he does and in the vision he promotes for the congregation. When meeting with preschool students and their families, while teaching religious school students and their parents, and as he guides 7th graders towards becoming b’nei mitzvah and 10th graders towards confirmation, Rabbi Wohlberg’s gentle manner, his thoughtfulness and his sense of humor make him a wonderful teacher and role model. Through his teaching and preaching, Rabbi Wohlberg transmits and interprets Conservative Judaism’s nuanced approach to Jewish law, Jewish theology and Jewish living.
Rabbi Wohlberg grew up in Harrisburg, PA, the son of a Conservative rabbi and grandson of one of the preeminent cantors of the Conservative movement. While in high school he held leadership positions in USY and attended Camp Ramah in the Poconos, continuing on as a staff member for 7 summers.
Rabbi Wohlberg graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988 and continued his studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Judaic Studies and Rabbinic Ordination in 1995. During Rabbinical School, Rabbi Wohlberg worked at the Society for the Advancement of Judaism in Manhattan, and served congregations in Kingstree, S.C. and Waycross, GA for the High Holy Days. After ordination, Rabbi Wohlberg and his wife Shira moved to Chicago where he assumed his first rabbinic position: Assistant Rabbi of Congregation Beth Shalom in Northbrook, IL. Rabbi Wohlberg was a member of the Chicago Region of the Rabbinical Assembly and served as the President of the Northbrook Interfaith Ministry for Emergency Housing.
In 2002, following seven years as rabbi in a congregation of 1100 families, Rabbi Wohlberg, Shira and their two daughters left Chicago so that he could begin his tenure at Temple Sinai. Here in Philadelphia, Rabbi Wohlberg has served on the Rabbinical Assembly’s regional Executive Committee and on the national Nominations Committee. He is a past co-chair of the Kehillah of Bux-Mont Programming Committee and has completed a year-long rabbinic enrichment program offered by Synagogues: Transformation and Renewal - STAR Rabbis: From Good to Great
funded by the Lasko Family Foundation of Philadelphia.
Cantor Stephen Freedman
Cantor Stephen Freedman, a native of Milton, MA, joined Temple Sinai in 2001.
A graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a BS in Music Education, he taught elementary classroom music in the Andover, MA Public Schools for seven years before entering the cantorate on a full-time basis in 1982.
He received his cantorial training under the tutelage of the late Cantor Gregor Shelkan and the late Cantor Zvee Aroni.
Before coming to Temple Sinai, Cantor Freedman served congregations in Worcester, MA, Miami, and Cranston, RI.
An accomplished folksinger and composer, several of Cantor Freedman’s compositions have been published by the Cantors Assembly. In 2006, he was honored by Shalshelet – The Foundation for New Jewish Liturgical Music, for his composition Esa Einai.
While in New England, Cantor Freedman was a member of the Jewish Ministers Cantors Association of New England, serving as its president for four years.
An active member of the Cantors Assembly, Cantor Freedman served as Chairman of the Delaware Valley Region for three years and has served nationally as a member of the Executive Council and of the Publications Committee.
He and his wife Randi are the proud parents of a blended family of eight children.