Rabbi Gershon Albert was born and raised in Montreal, Canada, attending public elementary school and Herzliah High School. After becoming observant in his teens, he studied at Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh and earned a BA from Yeshiva University and Semicha from RIETS.
Rabbi Albert and his wife Meira (Tirschwell) Albert have served as senior rabbi and rebbetzin of Congregation Beth Jacob Congregation since 2014. They pride themselves on the synagogue's diverse membership, communal warmth, and spiritual and intellectual engagement with Torah, Tefillah, and Gemilut Chasadim. Rabbi Albert’s involvement in the broader community includes serving as the halachic advisor and an active board member of the Oakland Hebrew Day School, member of the Rabbinic Advisory Council of Shalom Bayit (a domestic-violence prevention organization) and playing a supporting role in Limmud of the East Bay. In addition to being a member of the Rabbinical Council of America, he is also a member of the Chicago Rabbinical Council (which has members nation-wide), and the RIETS Rabbinic Alumni Association.
Rabbi Albert is passionate about inspiring community members to taking the next step in their Jewish journeys by sharing Torah that is intellectually stimulating, committed to Halacha, open and embracing to Jews of all backgrounds, and engages in the nexus between tradition and modern life. Being a passionate musician, he is also committed to enhancing Jewish ritual and spirituality through music and song. He, Meira and their daughter love the natural beauty and outdoor lifestyle of Northern California as well as its superb coffee culture.
You can follow his thoughts on his Facebook and Twitter pages @gershonalbert.
Rabbi Daniel Fox
510-482-1147, ext 102
Bryna and Rabbi Daniel Fox joined the Beth Jacob community in 2013 and are well-loved as teachers, leaders and good friends. Rabbi Fox has the unique ability to relate to and inspire all segments of our community, from the youngest children in Gan Mah Tov, who he visits and teaches regularly, through the youth and adolescents of our congregation who he works with in Youth programming, right through the elder members who enjoy and benefit from his d'rashot, classes, and visits. Bryna makes herself available to members of the community for guidance and support, and proudly manages a home which is open to the community.
Rabbi Fox graduated from Yeshiva University and received his ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. Before coming to Oakland, Rabbi Fox served as the Rabbinic Intern at Congregation Keter Torah in his hometown, Teaneck, New Jersey for two years. Bryna is a graduate of Stern College and is a Registered Nurse. Bryna and Rabbi Fox are the proud parents of Rivka Neima, Yehoshua, Nachi and Yisrael.