Rabbi Michael Churgel

Rabbi Churgel is a 2001 graduate of the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion. He attended Rhea Hirsch School of Education where he earned a Master of Arts degree in Jewish Education in 1999 and a degree of Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters in 1998. He did his undergraduate work at the University of California, Los Angeles where he graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in psychology.

Rabbi Churgel comes to Sarasota from New York, The Reform Temple of Rockland. He and his wife, Shara Newman have three children; Daphne, Zoe and Jason.

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Rabbi Emeritus Geoffrey Huntting

Served December 1993 - June 2016
Born and raised in Connecticut, Rabbi Geoffrey Huntting received a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Johns Hopkins University. After serving in Vietnam, Rabbi Huntting moved to California, where he received a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School. Rabbi Huntting was ordained by the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in June 1991, after five years of study in Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and Cincinnati. He became Rabbi at Temple Sinai in December, 1993. Rabbi Huntting has been involved with the American Jewish Committee has served on the advisory board of ALSO. Rabbi Huntting and his wife, Susan, have two children who grew up at Temple Sinai, Gabriel and Rebecca.