Rabbi Jory Lang
Rabbi Jory Lang has served as spiritual leader of Beth Moshe Congregation in North Miami since 1989. Previously, he served the Beth El Congregation of North Bay Village. Prior to serving as a pulpit rabbi, he was the Executive Director of the Talmudic University of Florida, the largest Yeshiva in the southeastern United States.
He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Miami, B.A. in Religious Studies, earned an M.A. in Judaic Studies at Barry University and an M.A. in Talmudic Studies from Talmudic University of Florida. He did his post graduate work at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and earned a Doctorate in Pastoral Counseling from Sinai University in Jerusalem. He also earned a Doctor of Ministry at the Florida Center for Theological Studies, his doctoral thesis titled “G-d’s Children on the Couch,” was a new model for therapy called Biblical Narrative Therapy.
Rabbi Lang is the founder and president of the Chessed Foundation, a well-respected charitable organization that provides pastoral counseling, group therapy, medical assistance, food and funds for those in needs. He is also a foundation member of MORISHA, which is the rabbinic fellowship of the Union for traditional Judaism.
He served as the first Chaplain for the City of North Miami Politic Department and was the first Rabbi, in seventy years, to serve two consecutive terms as the President of the Rabbinic Association of South Florida.
Rabbi Lang was named one of the top twenty-five Rabbis who made a significant impact in their community and across North America. This rabbinical award was bestowed upon him by the United Jewish Community (UJC) General Assembly.
Rabbi Lang, who is an 8th degree black belt, won the US Open in 1979. He spends time teaching both adults and children the art of spiritualism and discipline in karate. He is the founder of Seishin-do and is the highest ranked student of Master Larry Pizzi in the martial art of Shurii -Goju. He is married to Ida Saferstein Lang, who is a Cantorial Soloist. They have two sons, Benjamin and Samuel. Both read Torah on Shabbat. Their daughter, Sarah actively participates in Services and is a Thespian. Rabbi Lang was recently honored a Lifetime Achievement Award by the North Miami Mayor’s Committee.
Rabbi Charles Wallach
Rabbi Wallach was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, the son of immigrant Jewish parents: his father (z.l.) had had to flee Nazi Germany, his mother (z.l.) survived the war years in her native Holland, emigrating to South Africa after the war. Rabbi Wallach went to the Leo Baeck College in London, England from where he received semicha in 1975. He was Rabbi of the Brighton & Hove Progressive (Reform) Synagogue in England for 10 years. During this time he married his wife Marilyn and they raised two daughters. The family spent 7 years in Perth, Australia.
In 1995 they made aliya – moving to Israel where Rabbi Wallach worked with both the Israeli Reform and Conservative movements, teaching in a number of congregations, leading chugim etc. He served for a year as visiting Rabbi to Nahariya’s Reform Congregation. In 1999 he was asked to serve as rabbi at a congregation in Pretoria, South Africa and did so in June, 2000. Six months into the job he also became National Director of the entire Reform movement in South Africa. He became Rabbi of the central synagogue of the Reform movement in Johannesburg, a post he held for 4 years.
With the age of 60 approaching he returned to England where his and Marilyn’s older daughter and family reside. Now just recently retired from the full time rabbinate he and Marilyn will continue to live part of the year in England. However, as many congregants know, Marilyn and Rabbi have become regular visitors to Miami and to Beth Moshe in particular. The draw has of course been their younger daughter Beverley, her husband David Bloch, and their grandchildren Joshua, Eli Moshe and Ilana Rose. With that as a base and Rabbi Lang’s invitation for him to become involved in the life of Beth Moshe, his and Marilyn’s presence around Beth Moshe is regular and welcome!