Rabbi William Gershon visits us from Dallas, Texas where he was the Senior Rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel, a very large USCJ affiliated synagogue from 1998 until 2016. Rabbi Gershon is a past president of the Rabbinical Assembly, the international organization of Conservative Rabbis. He has served on the Boards of the Jewish Theological Seminary, the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism, Mercaz USA, the Chancellor’s Rabbinic Cabinet of the Jewish Theological Seminary and the National Council of AIPAC. Rabbi Gershon also served on the Boards of the Ann and Nate Levine Academy and Hebrew Free Loan in Dallas.
Rabbi Gershon is a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and has been honored by Israel Bonds with The Israel Freedom Award for his tireless efforts and impassioned support of the State of Israel.
Rabbi Gershon was raised in New Jersey and grew up in the Conservative Movement. He graduated with distinction from the Joint Program of the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and Columbia University with degrees in Bible and Ancient Near-Eastern Languages. He received his Masters in Jewish Studies and Rabbinic Ordination from JTS in 1987. In addition, he was the recipient of many academic awards.
In addition to serving as a pulpit rabbi in Dallas, Rabbi Gershon served pulpits in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Southfield, Michigan.
Rabbi Gershon’s inspiring sermons, dynamic teaching and creative leadership have made an indelible impact on the congregations he has led and the Rabbinical Assembly.
Rabbi Gershon has three wonderful children, Benji, Eliana and Yoni.