Rabbi Arnie Gluck likens Temple Beth-El to “a Jewish hot house,” a place of warmth and belonging, where congregants—individually and communally—grow in their Jewish faith, in Jewish learning, and Jewish living. “Where people matter, being Jewish matters, and making a difference matters.”
Rabbi Gluck has been making a difference at Temple Beth-El since 1991. A teacher, scholar, and tireless advocate for social justice, Rabbi Gluck has pioneered programs in adult Jewish literacy, family education, youth activities, social action, Jewish healing, and interfaith dialogue.
Locally, Rabbi Gluck helped found the Interfaith Hospitality Network for the Homeless of Union County and Somerset County, served as president of the Somerville Area Ministerial Association, was the founding dean of Jewish LIFE—a community-wide consortium for adult Jewish learning—and was a founder of the Ohr Tikvah Jewish Healing Center.
Beyond the local community, Rabbi Gluck serves on the Executive Committee of the Association of Reform Zionists of America’s Rabbinic Cabinet, is an active member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, was the founding Coordinator of the Beit Din for Conversion of the New Jersey Association of Reform Rabbis, and served on the board of the United Israel Appeal. He has been honored by the Jewish Federation and Israel Bonds.
Rabbi Gluck received Rabbinic Ordination and a Master of Arts in Hebrew Literature from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. He is an alumnus of the University of Albany and the One-Year Program of The Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
From 1986 to 1991, Rabbi Gluck lived and worked in Haifa, Israel. During that time, he played an active role in the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism and the Israel Council of Progressive Rabbis. He was also among the founders of Clergy for Peace and Rabbis for Human Rights.
Rabbi Gluck enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, golfing, and skiing. He travels to Israel annually and finds joy in discovering new places and experiencing new things. He savors time spent with family and friends. He and his wife, Sarah, have two daughters and a delightful granddaughter.
You can reach Rabbi Gluck at 908-722-0674, ext. 311 or via email.