Temple Bet Yam is thrilled to welcome Rabbi Claudio Kogan to our Temple family. Rabbi Kogan, a native of Argentina, has a unique background. His experience is in both medicine and education. Not only is he a Doctor of Medicine, but he has an MS in bioethics, is a Master of Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, OH, and is a Master of Education in Jewish education. He was ordained as a Rabbi from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and served as a Rabbi in Connecticut and in Texas. Rabbi Kogan was a chaplain at Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance and at the Hidalgo Police Department, both in south Texas. Performing weddings, acting as a mohel, and giving invocations at the US House of Representatives and the Texas Senate and House of Representatives are representative of his involvement with the religious and secular communities.
Rabbi Kogan’s work with interfaith groups, community outreach activities, and Temple involvement reflects the TBY philosophy where all people, regardless of their religion or expressions of faith, ethnicity, or identity are welcome. In his work with the temples where he officiated, he has created educational, music and art, and Hebrew learning programs for both adults and children. His strong support for youth is evidenced by his work on the board of a youth camp and his all-around support of the importance of the Jewish camp experience. He has worked with B’nei Mitzvah students, and implemented participation programs within the Temples and with the local communities where he has served.
Rabbi Kogan will be leading Temple Bet Yam’s services both in person and virtually. He, his wife, Anna, and his two children, will be living in South Florida, where he will be Director of Medical Ethics for the Baptist Hospital organization.