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 RABBI STEVEN W. ENGEL

Email: swengel@crjorlando.org

As the Rabbi of Central Florida’s largest Reform Jewish congregation, Rabbi Engel is also actively involved in the Greater Central Florida community.  He presently serves on the Board of New Hope for Kids-Grieving Center for Children in Maitland, Florida, is involved in Impact Homelessness, and is a co-founder of Building US, a major interfaith organization in Central Florida. He has served as an adjunct professor of religion and a guest lecturer at Rollins College and the University of Central Florida.

Rabbi Engel received a B.A. in Physics from Rutgers University and a Masters Degree from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles. He received Rabbinic Ordination in 1988 and a Doctorate in Divinity in 2013 from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. His Rabbinic thesis was entitled “A Critical Psychobiography of Kivie Kaplan Against the Backdrop of Black-Jewish Relations in the 20th Century”.

Rabbi Engel has been prominent on the national scene as well having appeared in national media including The New York Times, USA Today, US News & World Report, CNN, Larry King Live and on the Today Show.  He is a co-creator and one of the co-hosts of the radio show “Friends Talking Faith with The Three Wise Guys” along with his friends, a Reverend and an Imam.  This popular radio program airs on public radio station WMFE in Orlando on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm, where “The Guys” speak in interesting ways about today’s issues through a faith perspective.

Rabbi Engel is married to Beverly, a gerontologist and they have three children. He is an avid cyclist, woodworker, baseball card collector, and loves his work as a Rabbi as he finds it challenging and invigorating.

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