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.
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In June of 2016, the title of Rabbi Emeritus was bestowed upon Rabbi Geoffrey Huntting at the occasion of his retirement after twenty-three years of service to Temple Sinai.
Letter from the Rabbi:
We are celebrating 25 successful years in the life of Temple Sinai. The congregation is healthy and looking forward to an exciting future. I am confident that Rabbi Michael Churgel will be the right rabbi to lead the temple going forward and I wish him all the luck and success in the future. I stand ready to do everything in my power to help him in the months and years to come.
The temple is already a success. But how do we measure the success of a rabbi? It is not just the state of the congregation at the time he or she leaves, but rather that in the years following, the success continues, and the temple grows and prospers. So, please make my rabbinate a success. Continue to build and make Temple Sinai into the best it can be.
Rabbi Geoffrey Huntting, center, with Rabbi Shirley Idelson, Dean, and Rabbi Aaron Panken, President of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion.
In May 2016, Rabbi Huntting was awarded the degree of Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, at the spring graduation ceremony at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. This honorary degree is given to rabbis who have served the Jewish community for 25 years, a milestone not always reached by second-career rabbis like Rabbi Huntting.