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Temple Israel Clergy


Rabbi David M. Eligberg

Rabbi Eligberg was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec and ordained in 1985 by the Jewish Theological Seminary. He holds a BA in Political Science from Columbia University, a BA in Talmud from The Seminary College of Jewish Studies, an MA in Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Hebrew Letters Honorus Causa from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Rabbi Eligberg has been a teacher, guide and role model for all who wish to explore meaningful lives according to Jewish tradition. Along with his family, Rabbi Eligberg routinely opens his home to congregants, creating opportunities to experience the warmth of Shabbat and the joy of festivals. He has enriched Temple Israel's holiday celebrations through creative programs, multimedia presentations, storytelling, theater arts, and puppetry.

Rabbi Eligberg is a regular visitor to our Nursery School, and a frequent presence at our youth education programs. He focuses on engaging upcoming B’nai Mitzvah and their families in serious study in preparation for this important life cycle event.

In the greater Capital District community, Rabbi Eligberg has served as the President and Secretary of the Capital District Board of Rabbis, on our local Federation’s Israel Action Committee, on the Capital Region Interfaith Council, and on the Religion-Labor Coalition of New York State representing the New York Board of Rabbis.

Prior to Temple Israel Rabbi Eligberg served as the rabbi and principal of the Beit Rayim Synagogue and Hebrew School in Thornhill, Ontario, rabbi of Congregation B’nai Tikvah in North Brunswick, NJ, and Congregation Beth El in Levittown, PA.

Rabbi Eligberg is the author of several Halachic (Jewish law) articles, a short story, several plays and has developed three board games as instructional tools. He crafted a restructured version of the Musaf service for Rosh Hashanah and reviewed segments of the French translation of the Masorti Siddur. Currently, the Rabbi is working on a children’s book about Jewish mitzvah heroes, a collection of materials for adults as a guidebook through the Yamim Noraim, and the revision of a musical retelling of the Purim narrative.

Hazzan Rogerio Marx

Originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Hazzan Marx spent the last 16 years between Jerusalem, New York and Texas before joining Temple Israel in 2006. Before moving to Albany, NY, he served as interim cantor of Congregation Brith Shalom in Bellaire, TX and also functioned as part-time Spiritual Leader of Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Congregation in Curaçao.

Hazzan Marx is a 1995 graduate of the School of Sacred Music of the Hebrew Union College and received a Master of Arts in Judaic Studies from the HUC in 1997. He is also an engineer after receiving an Electrical Engineering degree in Sao Paulo, Brazil and, upon graduation, studied at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. He was the recipient of several awards of distinction from the Hebrew Union College, the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, and the Rich Foundation, among others.

He is a member of the Cantors Assembly, American Conference of Cantors and the Arza/World Union – Cantorial Cabinet.

Sat, November 26 2022 2 Kislev 5783