Gates of Prayer announces asst. rabbi hire

Congregation Gates of Prayer announced the hiring of its current student rabbi, Lexi Erdheim, as the congregation’s assistant rabbi. She will become only the second assistant rabbi to be hired at the Metairie Reform Jewish temple following Rabbi Alexis Pinsky in 2015. 

Lexi Erdheim. (Photo courtesy Congregation Gates of Prayer)

Erdheim is completing her studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles and will be ordained in May, according to the announcement.

Erdheim had been working with the Tribe program for the past year and a half and had in recent months been an intern at Gates of Prayer, working with the Religious School students, helping to lead Shabbat Services and teaching the Chevra Torah on Saturday mornings. In addition, she offered classes as part of Rabbi Gerber’s Take Out Judaism program.  

As an assistant rabbi, Erdheim will be responsible for all major lifecycle events and will specifically work with the synagogue’s youth and adult-engagement programs.  She is expected to take a lead in the synagogue’s social action programming and will be a staff member at the area’s URJ summer camp, Henry S. Jacobs Camp in Utica, MS.

“Over the past year and a half at our congregation, and throughout her studies, Rabbi Erdheim has proven herself to be an engaging teacher, an inspiring leader, and a strong and passionate spiritual guide. We are blessed to welcome her into the Gates of Prayer family,” the announcement concluded.

Erdheim will be in town this weekend as part of the synagogue’s “Sock Shabbat” celebration.

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