Rabbi Moshe Levin has been rabbi of Ner
Tamid for fifteen years. He was ordained at the Jewish Theological
Seminary of America. He served as an Air Force Chaplain for
the first two years of his rabbinical career, stationed in
Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. His pulpit experience
spanned thirty years, including two years on the island of
Curacao in the Dutch West Indies.
Rabbi Levin was raised in Brooklyn, graduated from Brooklyn
College, and spent two years at Jerusalem's Hebrew University,
majoring in economics and philosophy and studying Bible.
Rabbi Levin's writings include: The
Ethical Origins of Kashrut, Near-Eastern Birthrights and the
Esau Jacob Narrative, Sexuality in Jewish Law and Tradition,
and The Rabbinate for the 21st Century. He is also the
originator of several new ceremonies in the Jewish Life Cycle,
including the first one ever performed at the birth of a girl.
Over the course of his career, Rabbi
Moshe Levin has been active in Zionist causes, social action
projects, interfaith activities, as well as furthering the
creative continuity of American Jewish life. He is a founding
member of the Palestinian-Jewish Dialogue of San Diego and has
served on numerous boards including the Interfaith Committee
for Worker Justice. In 1992 he was named Civil Libertarian of
the Year by the San Diego and Imperial County chapters of the
Cantor Rudy Hassid has been cantor of
Ner Tamid for 20 years. Rudy grew up at Congregation Ner Tamid
where he celebrated his Bar Mitzvah, confirmation and his
marriage, as well as the B'nai Mitzvah of his children.
Cantor Hassid earned a Bachelor's Degree
from San Francisco State University with a major in
Accounting. He received his Cantorial training from Cantor
Cory Winter who was his predecessor at Ner Tamid.
Cantor Hassid is responsible for the
B'nai Mitzvah Program. His warm and personal style makes him
loved by young and old and his beautiful tenor voice sets the
mood for a most inspirational service.