Rabbi Jessica Spitalnic Mates has served Temple Beth El since 2002. Rabbi Mates coordinates our congregation’s vibrant adult education and enrichment effort. This includes a variety of targeted learning programs for doctors and health-care workers, as well as
“Project Nuremberg,” a continuing education program for attorneys that attracts hundreds of attorneys and world famous speakers annually, and through which she has built a partnership with Lynn University and the South Palm Beach County Bar. Rabbi Mates guides our adult b’nai mitzvah program, and teaches a wide variety of courses for adults and children. She is a participant in the Kathleen Brush Women in Executive Leadership program at Florida Atlantic University.
Rabbi Mates has had works published in several books and
publications, including Theological Terms in the Talmud, The Women’s Torah Commentary and the website, “myJewishlearning.com”. She is an ardent Zionist, blessed to be in Israel many times as part of her fellowship with the Shalom Hartman Institute and her involvement with AIPAC.
Rabbi Mates received Rabbinic Ordination from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
(HUC-JIR) in 1999 and is a proud alumna of the University of Wisconsin. She is a native New Yorker who has worked in Jewish communities in New York, Chicago, London and Jerusalem. In Israel, she served as
a tour educator for North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) summer program, guiding Jewish teenagers through the historical sites of the land of Israel. She recently married her loving husband Mitch and is mother to Noah and Shira and stepmother to Rachel and Brianna. She feels blessed to be part of Temple Beth El.