|Rabbi Joseph Ron Fish|
Rabbi Ron Fish has served as rabbi of Congregation Beth El since August 2001.
The son of a Conservative rabbi, Rabbi Fish grew up in various communities across the United States but his summer "home" for more than a decade was Camp Ramah in New England where he was a camper, a counselor, a unit head (rosh edah) and a teacher. He also served as the Head of Education at Camp Ramah in Canada.
Rabbi Fish was ordained in 1996 from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. His third year of study was spent in Israel at the Beit Midrah of the Conservative Movment; now know as the Schecter Institute for Judaic Studies. He received awards in Jewish Theology for his work with Dr. Neil Gillman and in Israeli society for his work at Neve Hana, a home for Israeli children from dysfunctional families.
Preparation for the rabbinate also included work in Washington, D. C. with the Religious Action Center where he lobbied the US government on issues of importance to the Jewish community.
During the course of his studies Rabbi Fish was a member of two Jewish a cappella groups, Pizmon and Neranena. Twice during these years he was privileged to travel to Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Austria with Pizmon where the group performed and reached out to the newly reborn Jewish communities of Eastern Europe.
Currently he is pursing a doctorate in Jewish Philosophy at the Jewish Theological Seminary.
They are the parents of two daughters and two sons, aged 12 to 4 year. He and his family can be found in Israel each summer and during the warm months in Connecticut they open their yard to the entire community for a warm, relaxed shabbat afternoon experience; including our now famous Shabbat Basketball. They hope their enjoyment of shabbat, and Jewish life as a whole, will continue to be contagious.