About Rabbi Ron

cropped-rhi-hires.jpgRabbi Ron Isaacs is the rabbi of Beth Judah Temple in Wildwood NJ, the only synagogue in all of Cape May County.  He also serves as Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Sholom in Bridgewater NJ, where he served as rabbi from from 1975-2015.

During the week he offers Chords of Comfort, playing guitar and singing in homes and nursing homes for patients of Stein Hospice in central New Jersey.

Rabbi Ron (as he is known) is the author of 120 books, including the highly acclaimed Every Person’s Guide to Judaism series, the Complete How-to Handbook for Jewish Living (co-authored with Rabbi Kerry Olitzky), Ask the Rabbi, and Do Animals Have Souls?  His children’s books include Farmer Kobi’s Hanukkah Match with Karen Rostoker Gruber.  He is the author of several innovative siddurim (prayer books) and haggadot.  He writes a monthly column for the Cape May Herald

A graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary, Rabbi Ron also holds a doctorate in education from Columbia University Teachers College.  He has been an adjunct lecturer at the Graduate Rabbinical School of the Jewish Theological Seminary and at Drew University’s Graduate School of Theology.  He also served as Chair of the Publications Committee of the Rabbinical Assembly.

Rabbi Ron lectures and serves as scholar-in-residence throughout the United States and has co-directed (with his wife Leora)  Shabbat Plus an adult shabbaton at Camp Ramah in the Poconos.  They are also known for their ground-breaking programs in the area of Jewish Family Education, including Jewish Family Matters at Temple Sholom and Family Camp at Camp Ramah in the Poconos.

An avid musician, Rabbi Ron has composed and performed in several Jewish liturgical folk rock groups, including The Voices Four: Arbaah Kolote and Lovin’ Company.

He is the proud grandfather of Mimi, Caleb and Evie.