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Our Rabbis

 

Senior Rabbi David Gerber
rabbi@gatesofprayer.org

I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri which means, like many St. Louisans, I was born with a love of baseball. Upon graduating high school I attended Indiana University in Bloomington where I studied Media Design and Production. After college, I returned to St. Louis where I worked in the finance industry.
 
After five years as a stockbroker and retirement planner, I enrolled at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati to work towards becoming a rabbi. My time at HUC-JIR offered me the opportunity to serve multiple congregations of varying sizes including my student congregation in Kokomo, IN.
 
The most significant moment during my time in Cincinnati was during my third year of rabbinical school. On the first spring-like day of the year, my dog and I happened upon a beautiful woman reading alone in the park. Roughly six months later, my dog and I returned to the same park bench and asked this woman to be my wife (well...I asked...the dog wagged). Lauren and I were married in June of 2011.
 
In 2012, I was ordained as a rabbi and began to work in Maple Glen, PA as the assistant rabbi at Congregation Beth Or. A short time later, our family grew as our daughter, Paige, was born in November. In January of 2016, we were blessed once again with another daughter, Tessa Rose. As of now, the Gerber family consists of four humans, three cats, and one dog. We are a big, happy family.
 
 

 

 
Assistant Rabbi Alexis Erdheim
lexi@gatesofprayer.org
 
We are thrilled that Rabbi, Lexi Erdheim, will be joining Congregation Gates of Prayer as our Assistant Rabbi. Rabbi Erdheim has completed her studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles and was ordained this past May.
 
Rabbi Erdheim has been working with our Tribe program for the past year and a half and more recently has been interning with our Congregation and working within all aspects of Congregation Gates of Prayer including leading Shabbat Services, working with our Religious School students, leading Torah Study on Saturday mornings, and offering classes through our Take Out Judaism program.
 
In her Assistant Rabbi role, Rabbi Erdheim will help with the full range of worship, pastoral, and lifecycle responsibilities while focusing on her current work with our youth and young adult engagement and social action programming. Rabbi Erdheim will also be working the summers at URJ Henry S Jacobs Camp.
 
Over the past year and a half at our congregation, and throughout her studies, Rabbi Erdheim has proven herself to be an engaging teacher, an inspiring leader, and a strong and passionate spiritual guide. We are blessed to welcome her into the Gates of Prayer family.
 

 

Rabbi Emeritus Robert H. Loewy
rabbiL@gatesofprayer.org

Rabbi Robert H. Loewy is the Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Gates of Prayer in Metairie, LA. He assumed that position in July of 2018 after serving as our Rabbi since August of 1984. Prior to that, he was the Assistant and then Associate Rabbi of Congregation Emanu El in Houston, Texas for seven years.
 
Rabbi Loewy is a native of Hempstead, N.Y. He received his B.A. degree from Cornell University in 1972, M.H.L. degree from the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in 1975, and was ordained as a Rabbi from that institution in 1977.
 
In addition to developing an active synagogue program, Rabbi Loewy is a leader with the East Jefferson Interfaith Clergy Association, board member of the Jewish Community Day School, Henry S. Jacobs Camp, New Orleans Women’s Shelter, Jewish Family Service and the East Jefferson General Hospital Pastoral Counseling Program. He is a Chautauqua Society Lecturer at Loyola University.
 
In addition he has been President of the Southwest Association of Reform Rabbis, of the Greater New Orleans Rabbinic Council  and New Orleans Jewish Days School, Chairman of the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, Officer and Program Chair for the Central Conference of American Rabbis, Secretary of the Greater Houston Rabbinical Association, Board member of ARZA and Dillard University Center for Black/Jewish Relations, and Jewish Chautauqua Society Lecturer at University of New Orleans.
 
Rabbi Loewy is married to the former Lynn Rosenfeld and has five children, Karen, and her husband David Widzer, David, Sara and Mica and two magnificent grandchildren- Judah and Elisheva.
 
 
 

 

Wed, September 18 2019 18 Elul 5779