Rabbi Howard Needleman Senior Rabbi

Rabbi Howard Needleman was honored to join our staff as senior rabbi in July of 2013.  He is thrilled to serve the warm and welcoming community as a spiritual leader.  Rabbi Needleman is excited about being an agent of change and a thought leader of the Jewish community in Broward County and South Florida.

Prior to coming to Kol Ami Emanu-El, he served as rabbi of Temple Beth David in Commack, New York, and as the assistant rabbi of Temple Israel of the City of New York in Manhattan.  Rabbi Needleman was ordained at the Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in 1998

Over the years, Rabbi Needleman has spent a great deal of time working with environmental issues and created a Community Supported Agriculture initiative at his last congregation to bring locally grown produce into the community and support the work of a local organic farmer in the region.  He recently received a Fellowship from the Union for Reform Judaism’s Religious Action Center to work in the areas of social action and social justice.

A native of Long Island, New York, Rabbi Needleman holds a degree in psychology with a minor in Judaic studies, from The State University of New York at Stony Brook.  Rabbi Needleman also holds a certificate in non-profit fundraising from New York University and chemical dependency and spiritual counseling.

Rabbi Needleman lives in Davie with his wife Beth and their two children.

Please feel free to contact Rabbi Needleman directly by calling 954.472.1988 or emailing him at RabbiHowie@tkae.org.

Cantor Mark Goldman
Co-Senior Clergy

Cantorial Philosophy
"More than just a beautiful voice that inspires a congregation and encourages congregational participation, today's cantor is involved in every facet of the life of a congregation. Exuding warmth, enthusiasm and love of Judaism, my goal since joining the Temple in 1995 has been to add my creativity, experience and expertise to the life of our vibrant, innovative and exciting congregation."

Cantor Mark Goldman is a descendant of generations of Cantors. Born in London, England, he pursued Cantorial studies as well as a B.A. (honors) degree in Judaic Studies at the London School of Jewish Studies. He is the youngest ever recipient of certification by the Chief Rabbi of The United Kingdom.

In a desire to further his professional goals, Cantor Mark Goldman accepted a call to Temple Beth El in Rochester, N.Y. In addition to his cantorial responsibilities, Mark attended the internationally acclaimed Eastman School of Music where he gained a Master of Music Degree in Performance and Literature.

Mark has many diverse and impressive skills. He was chosen as one of 20 cantors to perform a concert of Jewish music at the Vatican. He has professionally produced a series of three albums for our congregation, and performed in concerts throughout the world. He recently served as the national president of the American Conference of Cantors (www.accantors.org).

Over and above these accomplishments, Mark is happiest when he is bringing the love and joy of modern Judaism to the children and adults of our community. He can be seen, guitar in hand on a daily basis in our early childhood center. Most afternoons he meets with our B'nai Mitzvah children and participates in our Gesher and Religious School programming. In the evenings, he teaches confirmation, adult education, leads our choir, and participates in numerous Temple committees. He connects with all members of our community through the congregational wide concerts, full stage productions, and major events that he has produced and chaired over the years.

As co-senior clergy, Mark is intimately involved in congregational strategic planning and visioning, as well as marketing, membership, tikkun olam, continuing education and fundraising.

When Mark isn't at the Temple, and can be pulled away from his phone, he enjoys spending time with his life partner, Aaron Taber.

Please feel free to contact Cantor Mark directly by calling 954.472.1988 or emailing him at cantormg@tkae.org

Rabbi Sheldon Harr
Founding Rabbi Emeritus

Dr. Sheldon J. Harr has been the senior Rabbi of Temple Kol Ami since 1976, serving the Congregation practically since its inception. He is a native of Youngstown, Ohio. Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Cincinnati, he went on to graduate work at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts Degrees in Hebrew Letters, ultimately leading to Rabbinic Ordination. He later earned his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Emory University in Atlanta, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Hebrew Union College in 1998.

Rabbi Harr has been very active in national Jewish activities, among which include leading the National Rabbinic Cabinet of Jewish National Fund, serving on numerous national commissions and boards (including the Boards of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and ARZA/World Union North America) and conducting seminars and programs at national conventions of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations and the CCAR. Locally, he has served as president of the Southeast Region of the CCAR, and has been a member of the boards of the Jewish Federation, The Jewish Family and Children's Service, and many other organizations.

On a communal level, Rabbi Harr currently serves as a member of the board of directors of the Broward Partnership for the Homeless and has been actively involved with School Board of Broward County. He has served as president of the West Broward Religious Leaders Fellowship and a vice-chair of the Urban League, among his many community activities.

Prior to serving as rabbi of Temple Kol Ami, he was the assistant rabbi of Temple Israel of West Palm Beach. As a student he served pulpits in Monessen, Pennsylvania; Towson, Maryland; Brookhaven, Mississippi, and Youngstown, Ohio. Rabbi Harr is married to Fern (Katz), and is the father to his adult son Bryan and his late daughter Elizabeth.

Rabbi Harr can be reached directly at 954.472.1988 or via email at ravsjh@tkae.org.

He looks forward to hearing from you!