Rabbi Klein is the Interim Rabbi at Temple Beth Orr, after retiring as the emeritus rabbi of Sinai Temple in Champaign, Illinois where he served as rabbi from 1995-2013. Rabbi Klein also served for two years as the interim rabbi at Temple Israel, Ottawa, Canada, and at Temple Beth Torah in Wellington, FL, 2013-2014. He was rabbi of Temple Ohav Shalom, Allison Park, PA, in the North Hills of Pittsburgh from 1985 to 1991, and the rabbi of Temple Rodef Shalom, Waco, Texas, from 1991 to 1995.
Rabbi Klein was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1985. Rabbi Klein came to rabbinic school at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion with an interest in literature, having done graduate work at Indiana University, Bloomington (A.B.D. in the Ph.D. program of the English Department), with thesis work on the subject of the interaction of character and place in contemporary novels set in exotic places. His rabbinic thesis focused on a contemporary Israeli novel.
Under Rabbi Klein’s tenure at Sinai Temple, the congregation instituted, among other things, Mitzvah Day (social action in the community), Mitzvot Committees (acts of loving-kindness within the community), a congregational trip to Israel, and a variety of minyanim so that there is now a service every Shabbat morning as well as Erev Shabbat.
He is a past president of MWARR (Midwest Association of Reform Rabbis), was also active in the CARR (Chicago Association of Reform Rabbis), the Chicago Board of Rabbis, and ecumenical organizations in Champaign-Urbana, several of which he led as president. This past year he met monthly with the rabbis of Palm Beach County.
Rabbi Klein is married to Dr. Andrea R. Klein, a child and family psychologist working in Champaign. They have two children: Sarah, who has just finished her post-doctoral work and is now a licensed psychologist in California working at UCLA student services, and Sam, who is studying for the reform rabbinate in his first year in Jerusalem at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. The whole family loves the outdoors, and to travel, hike, swim, ski and read. While Rabbi Klein’s background is in the study of fiction and Jewish literature, he also enjoys history, travel literature, anthropology and a variety of other reading.
Please contact Rabbi Klein at Rabbiklein@templebethorr.org
Rabbi Mark Wm. Gross
Rabbi Gross recently became Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth Orr, after serving for 29 years as Senior Rabbi. Rabbi Gross has used his position on the pulpit of Temple Beth Orr to create an inclusive atmosphere. His goals have always been “to make members of the community feel listened to, cared about, connected to their tradition,” he says. Coming from a family of eighteen generations of rabbis enables him to “find deep meaning in the staggering privilege of bringing members of our people to encounters with their heritage of faith.”
His encounters at Temple Beth Orr have been broad: from the monthly Come-as-You-Are Shabbat Experience; to the Religious School’s emphasis on Confirmation as a primary goal; to contemporary alternative services for Shabbat, Rosh haShanah and Yom Kippur. These initiatives by Rabbi Gross have helped to create a strong community where so many feel like a true, meaningful part of the congregation’s extended family.