Rabbi Alan J. Katz


Rabbi Alan J. Katz has served as rabbi of Temple Sinai in Rochester since 1986 and is a graduate of Lehigh University and Hebrew Union College, where he received a MAHL (1975), rabbinic ordination (1976) and a Doctor of Divinity (2001). He also studied in the graduate program for pastoral counseling at Iona College for two years.


Rabbi Katz has served on numerous community organizations, including the Rochester Board of Rabbis (past president), the Jewish Community Federation (board member and chair of the Community Relations Committee), the Martin Luther King, Jr. Greater Rochester Commission, the Commission on Christian-Jewish Relations (past chair), Pastoral Care UIV/AIDS Committee, The Brennan Goldman Commission, the Interfaith Forum of Rochester, and the advisory board for the Hickey Center for Interfaith Study and Dialogue at Nazareth College. Rabbi Katz’s activities also include reaching across racial, ethnic and religious lines to create understanding by working with the Muslim-Jewish Dialogue group, Commission on Jewish-Muslim Understanding and fostering relationships between Temple Sinai, AME Baber Church, The Parcels Historic Church and the Islamic Center of Rochester.