Rabbi Neil SandlerRabbi Neil Sandler
Senior Rabbi
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Rabbi Neil Sandler has served Ahavath Achim Synagogue as its Senior Rabbi since July 2004.  He is a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota where his family was an active member of the Adath Jeshurun Congregation. His warm experiences in the congregation, especially when he served as a leader in USY, contributed directly to his eventual decision to enter the rabbinate.

Rabbi Sandler is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where he majored in Hebrew Language and Literature. His final year of undergraduate study was spent in Jerusalem at The Hebrew University. Thereafter, Rabbi Sandler entered the Jewish Theological Seminary from which he received a Master’s degree and Rabbinic Ordination. Upon his ordination, Rabbi Sandler completed a Master of Science degree in Social Work at Columbia University. In his more than twenty five years of service to the Jewish community Rabbi Sandler has served congregations in Richardson, Texas, St. Louis, Missouri, Des Moines, Iowa and Marlboro, New Jersey. He gains his greatest contentment in the rabbinate from the sacred moments he shares with his congregants in their times of joy and sorrow. Rabbi Sandler is the President of the Atlanta Rabbinical Association, a member of the national Board of Trustees of MERCAZ, and a member of AIPAC’s National Council.

Rabbi Sandler is married to Susan Hart Sandler, a social worker with Weinstein Hospice. Neil and Susan are the parents of Ariel, Aliza and Joshua.

Recent Sermon/Torah Sparks:

  • Parshat Bemidbar 2013

    May 11, 2013 | 2 Sivan 5773 | Numbers 1:1-4:20

    One, two, three, four…What is the significance of counting, especially of biblical censuses?

    Take a census of the whole Israelite community by the clans of its ancestral houses, listing the names, every male, head-by-...read more

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Rabbi Laurence RosenthalRabbi Laurence Rosenthal
Assistant Rabbi
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Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal grew up in Los Angeles.  As the youngest of three children and the son of physicians, Laurence learned the importance of education from the example set by his older siblings and parents.  However, his interest did not remain in textbooks.  Laurence spent much of his youth involved in the arts, beginning as a performing magician in his late adolescence and early teen-age years, continuing on to music as a drummer and guitarist in his late teens and early twenties. He has also worked as a studio guitarist in Los Angeles for over 10 years.

It was not until college that Laurence reconnected with his Jewish roots by studying Jewish texts and exploring religious life.  

He graduated from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles with a degree in Psychology and spent the next few years working as a research coordinator studying the effects of the narcotic Methamphetamine on the human brain.  After several years Laurence decided to leave clinical research to serve the Jewish community, eventually earning a Masters of Arts degree in Rabbinic Studies and Rabbinic ordination from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University in May 2008.

During his studies at the Ziegler school, Laurence served as the rabbinic intern at Adat Ari El in North Hollywood and at Congregation Beth Meier in Studio City, California.  These experiences, coupled with his own memories of the factors that brought him back to Judaism, compelled Laurence to create and serve as the director of the Conservative Kollel - a learning community allowing people the opportunity to express their Jewish identity and soul through learning.  He also co-founded the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies Kashrut Institute, providing participants with an inside look into our Kosher world through the study of primary texts, guest lecturers and site visits to restaurants and food production facilities. Laurence and his wife Brooke are the parents of Avram Eli (A.E.) Ariela Michele and Ma'ayan Beatrix. The Rosenthal family joined the Ahavath Achim family in July 2008.

Recent Sermon/Torah Sparks:

  • Parshat Shemini 2013

    April 6, 2013 | 26 Nisan 5773 | Leviticus 9:1-11:47

    It is a shame that we view our mistakes as a weakness needing to be hidden from view. We often do this because so much comes along with our mistakes – shame, disgrace, criticism, and so on. It is unfortunate because our mistakes are our gre...read more

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