About Us

Iyr HaMelech’s Board Members for 2015-2016

President — Richard Cohen

President:                              – Richard Cohen

Past President                      – Frank Lewis

Vice-President                      – Robert  Marks

Treasurer                               – Byron Lew

Secretary                                – Oscar Cadeau

Ritual Chair                           – Robert Marks

School Director                    – Leanne Lieberman

Members at Large:  Joan Axelrad, Renee O’Farrell, Jim Stayer, Sherry Stayer, Bunny Singer, Susan Lew

Membership Committee:  — Open 

Space Committee:                 – Richard Cohen

Head of School: Leanne Lieberman

High Holiday Committee: Frank Lewis

Rabbi Matthew Kaufman

Rabbi Mathew Kaufman

 

Iyr HaMelech History

Founded in 1975 by members of the Kingston Jewish community wishing to practice a liberal, open form of Judaism, Iyr Ha Melech has become the home of Reform Jewish religious, educational, and social activities for Kingston and the surrounding region.

The principal lay leader in the early days of the congregation was Michael Levison . We are grateful for his dedicated service and the learning and passion he brought to his task. In recent years, we were served by visiting Rabbis on a monthly basis. Our previous Rabbis have included Rabbi Ed Elkin, now at the First Narayever Congregation in Toronto; Rabbi Paul Golomb, now at Vassar Temple of Poughkeepsie, New York; Rabbi Barbara Borts,  now at Newcastle Reform Synagogue in England;  Rabbi Justin Lewis, currently a professor at the University of Manitoba, and most recently Rabbi Michal Shekel, now at Or Hadash Synagogue in Newmarket.  We wish them the best of luck with their new congregations and endeavors, and express our thanks for the help that they gave us as our congregation developed.

With Rabbi Matthew Kaufman as a resource for Jewish study and ritual, we continue to be a participatory community with many responsibilities in the hands of members. What started as a small group of ten families within the local Jewish community has grown to its present membership of around sixty singles and families, sharing a love of Jewish learning, celebration, and culture.

As a Reform congregation we have been sought out especially by Jewish families who prefer to worship together, women who wish to take part fully in religious services, Gay and Lesbian Men and Women , interfaith families and non-Jews interested in exploring Judaism. Reform Judaism