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Rabbi Elliott Tepperman

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Rabbi Elliott Tepperman has been the spiritual leader of Bnai Keshet, in Montclair, NJ since 2002. His rabbinate embraces spiritually courageous Judaism and loving pursuit of shalom and justice for all people. He believes that Jewish practice is most transformational when deep internal work becomes a springboard for building community and engaging with the world. And likewise when we bring the profound and mundane challenges of our personal and public lives to bear on our Jewish study and worship.

Elliott Tepperman is a founding member of the IAF-affiliated New Jersey Together. He is currently organizing to build the sanctuary movement in NJ with Faith in New Jersey (PICO). He has worked with Bend the Arc teaching Congregation-Based Community Organizing at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and other seminaries. He was a member of Bend The Arcs 13th Selah cohort. He is a past President of the Montclair Clergy Association and he served as President of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association.

He is married to Sarah O’Leary and is the proud father of Akiva-Lev, 21, and Sam, 19. Surprisingly, he now finds himself swimming, running and playing guitar.

In 2019, Rabbi Elliott won the Rabbinic Human Rights Hero Award from T'ruah, the Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. 

Sermons & D'vrei Torah


Birkat Shalom 
Rabbi Elliott Tepperman
Yom Kippur Devar Torah
Video  |  Text

Tefillah - Prayer: A Requirement of the Heart
Rosh Hashanah Day 1 D'var Torah
Video  |  Text

Opening To Darkness
Rosh Hashanah Evening D'var Torah
Video  |  Text

Yom Kippur Devar Torah
 "Loving Rebuke" 
Video  |   Text 

Rosh Hashanah Evening D'var Torah
"Shofar A Symbol for Teshuva"
Video  |   Text

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 D'var Torah
"Mitzvah And Commandedness"
Video   |   Text

Yom Kippur Sermon
"The Year We Decided to Save the World"
Video   |   Text

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 Sermon

Rosh Hashanah Family Service Story
"Eli'ata Bakes Challah - Elijah's New Disguise"

Rosh Hashanah Evening Sermon
"Elijah, Creativity, and Creation"
Video  |   Text
Elijah Knocks Poem

Yom Kippur Sermon Video

Rosh Hashanah Sermon Video

Response to anti-semitism D'var Torah - January 11th

Erev Rosh Hashanah D'var Torah Audio

D'var Torah from Rosh Hashanah Day 1 Text or Audio 

D'var Torah from Yom Kippur Text or Audio

Yom Kippur Sermon - Love and Truth Embrace Text or Audio

Rosh Hashanah Sermon - Truth Grows From the Earth Text or  Audio

Erev Rosh Hashanah Sermon - The Truth of Achnai Text or Audio 


Sat, July 20 2024 14 Tammuz 5784