Allison Berry

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Temple Shalom
175 Temple Street
West Newton, MA 02465
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Gender: Female
Children: 2
Religion: Jewish - Just Jewish, Progressive, Reform
Profession: Rabbi
Hometown: Natick, MA

About Me

A native of Natick, Massachusetts, Rabbi Allison Berry is a graduate of Brandeis University with majors in both Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Music. A passionate classical vocalist, after graduation, Allison served as the cantorial soloist for several Boston-area congregations.

While studying for the rabbinate at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City, Allison served as the student Rabbi of Temple Beth Shalom in Hickory, North Carolina and Congregation Adas Emuno in Leonia, New Jersey. She also completed the chaplaincy-training program at Cornell-Presbyterian Hospital.

Upon ordination in May of 2007, Allison worked as an interfaith chaplain at Stamford Hospital, counseling patients and families in times of crisis. A passionate advocate for support and outreach to interfaith families, she has also worked at the Union for Reform Judaism in the Outreach and Membership department.

From 2008-2011, Allison served as the full-time spiritual leader and educator of Temple Beth David in Canton, MA. During her time in Canton, Rabbi Berry was proud to teach, lead, create and learn with this warm and welcoming community. Allison also founded the South Shore Jewish-Muslim Women's Collaborative - an interfaith group of Jewish and Muslim women engaged in dialogue.

Allison currently serves as the Associate Rabbi of Temple Shalom in Newton, MA.

Rabbi Berry's loves working with interfaith couples as they plan their wedding and works hard to create individual, unique ceremonies that incorporate diverse traditions and backgrounds. She is happy to perform marriage ceremonies for interfaith couples open to Jewish life and raising Jewish children. Allison will not officiate at wedding ceremonies with clergy of other religious faiths.

Please contact Rabbi Berry for further information!

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