Rabbi Gayle Pomerantz
Rabbi Gayle Pomerantz has served Temple Beth Sholom of Miami Beach with passion and integrity since 1994. The first female rabbi in Temple Beth Sholom's 71 year history, her rabbinate is committed to nourishing Jewish souls through learning, acts of tikkun olam (repairing the world) and innovative spiritual engagement. Her leadership has opened paths for sacred living by integrating women's spirituality and leadership to the life of the synagogue, initiating social justice projects and creating an original, transformative High Holy Day experience with Cantor Lisa Segal. She has brought enthusiasm, joy, compassion and creativity to her congregation and served them with a full heart.
In 2006, Rabbi Pomerantz launched The Open Tent, a Jewish engagement initiative to make Judaism accessible to Jews outside of the synagogue. To date, thousands of Jewish lives have been touched through The Open Tent's Jewish childbirth classes, arts programs, an organic food collective called Yaroq and a young adults' group called The Tribe.
Rabbi Pomerantz was the first female president of the Rabbinic Association of Greater Miami in 1998. She has been recognized by the Jewish Museum of Florida with their Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award, by the City of Miami Beach as "A Woman to Know" and as a "Woman of Valor" by the National Council of Jewish Women. She currently serves on the Clergy Advisory Boards of Hazon, Big Tent Judaism and the URJ Camp Coleman.
Rabbi Pomerantz was ordained from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in 1989. In May, 2014, Rabbi Pomerantz received a Doctor of Divinity degree, marking twenty-five years in the rabbinate. She is married to Adam Snitzer and they have three children.