Allison Berry

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Temple Shalom
175 Temple Street
West Newton, MA 02465
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Gender: Female
Personal Status: Other relative of intermarried/interfaith partner
Children: 2
Religion: Jewish - Just Jewish, Progressive, Reform
Profession: Rabbi
Hometown: Newton, 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 classical vocalist, after graduation, Rabbi Berry 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, Rabbi Berry served as the student Rabbi of Temple Beth Shalom in Hickory, North Carolina and Congregation Adas Emuno in Leonia, New Jersey. She completed the chaplaincy-training program at Cornell-Presbyterian Hospital.

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

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

Rabbi Berry currently serves as the Associate Rabbi of Temple Shalom in Newton, MA. Entering her fifth year with the congregation, Rabbi Berry leads worship services, counsels families in need and is responsible for overseeing all education programs, the Families with Young Children Initiative and the new Inclusive Community Task Force.

Rabbi Berry is passionate about inclusion and works hard to welcome and support children and adults with diverse social, emotional, learning and physical needs as well as interfaith families and couples as they explore Jewish life. In particular, Rabbi Berry finds great meaning in her work with interfaith couples and works hard to create individual, unique wedding ceremonies and baby namings that incorporate diverse traditions and backgrounds. Rabbi Berry is happy to perform marriage ceremonies for interfaith couples open to Jewish life and raising Jewish children. She is unable to officiate at wedding ceremonies with clergy of other religious faiths.

Please contact Rabbi Berry for further information!

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