Rabbi Judith Kempler
Judith Kempler joined our Beth Am family in July 2010, specializing in outreach and engagement with unaffiliateds in their 20s and 30s, young families and empty nesters.
Rabbi Kempler serves as “the rabbi around town,” hosting Shabbat meals, holiday celebrations and services away from the Temple Beth Am campus under our outreach efforts known as Miami Jews 22–39. In addition to supervising outreach, Rabbi Kempler serves as an Associate Rabbi, facilitating a variety of on-campus programs. Most notably, Rabbi Kempler leads and orchestrates our Shabbat morning minyan, along with a cadre of talented musicians and lay leaders.
Rabbi Kempler also supervises our Caring Community efforts, which include delivering “Healing Challot“ and hand-sewn baby blankets to our members.
A graduate of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City, Rabbi Kempler holds a Master of Arts in Hebrew Literature. She was ordained in May 2009. A native of Columbia, Maryland, she graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies and a concentration in Modern Dance.
After graduation, Rabbi Kempler took a position as a Jewish Campus Service Corps Fellow (JCSC) at American University Hillel in Washington, D.C. As a student at HUC, Rabbi Kempler served several congregations in the tri-state area, including Rodeph Sholom (NY) and Sutton Place Synagogue (NY) and was the rabbinical intern at Temple Beth Or (NJ).
Upon ordination, Rabbi Kempler joined the staff at Brooklyn Heights Synagogue as the Youth Director. She also taught adult Hebrew, led Torah study and facilitated the URJ’s Introduction to Judaism course. She has also officiated at several life-cycle events, in the U.S. and abroad. In addition to working in the American Jewish community, she travelled to the Former Soviet Union to lead Passover seders and participated in an American Jewish World Service rabbinic delegation to Senegal. When not working or studying, Rabbi Kempler is an avid runner, yogi and modern dancer. She loves to cook and regularly makes a “mean” chocolate-chip challah.
Judith Kempler was married in May 2008 to Daniel, a lifelong Beth Am member. He works as the Director of Business Development for an energy trading firm. Together, they are the parents of a daughter, Zoe, who was born in 2012, and Zachary, born in 2014.