RABBI DOUG SAGAL is the new full-time rabbi at Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) in Rumson. His association with the synagogue began in the fall; he attracted a large crowd for High Holiday services and led a three-part lecture series on “Four Hundred Years That Changed the World (200 BCE-200 CE).” His Tuesday morning discussion group, from 10:30-noon, is open to the public.
Sagal, who grew up in Summit and Berkeley Heights, attended Wesleyan University and received ordination from the Reform Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He obtained an additional theological degree from Yale Divinity School. Recently, he was named a senior fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.
He has served as rabbi of numerous congregations, including Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek in Conneticut, KAM Isaiah Israel in Chicago, and Temple Emanu-El in Westfield. He is past president of the N.J. region of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.
In his spare time, Sagal coaches boxing and does CrossFit. He has lectured recently at Chhange at Brookdale Community College and Princeton Theological Seminary, and in March will serve as a scholar-in-residence in Montreal.
For information about CBI, call 732-842-1800.