Discussion topic: “Jews and The Civil War: Facing a Complex and Controversial Chapter in American Jewish Life”
Rabbi Scott Sperling retired in 2016 as the rabbi of Beth El Congregation in Winchester, Virginia and will serve as the interim rabbi in Frederick, MD through June 2017. Since 2012, Scott has been teaching at Shenandoah University. His courses include Introduction to Judaism, Intro- duction to the Hebrew Bible and The History of Jewish Nationalism. He served as Interim Executive Director of the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA) during 2009-2010. Scott was Director of the Union for Re- form Judaism’s Mid-Atlantic Council from 2001-2009 and during the last two years in this position, he was also a congregational consultant on communications technolo- gy. Before moving to Washington, D.C., he was the Associate Rabbi of Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Seattle, Washington. Rabbi Sperling taught at the Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle for six years in both the Judaic studies department and as Coordinator of the Computer and Multimedia Center.
Rabbi Sperling has also served congregations in New York and Los Angeles, including seven years with the Synagogue for the Performing Arts. Sperling received an A.B degree from UCLA and was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York campus in 1976.
Rabbi Scott Sperling and his wife, Laura, reside in Winchester, VA. They have two adult children, Margit and Eli.