Rabbi David Komerofsky
Rabbi David Komerofsky came to Temple Israel in July 2020. He was ordained by the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Cincinnati in 1999, earned the Master of Arts degree at HUC-JIR in Los Angeles in 1997, and graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1993.
David began his career at his alma mater seminary in Cincinnati immediately after ordination, eventually becoming dean of students and director of the rabbinical school. In 2006, he was recruited to Austin to become executive director of the Texas Hillel Foundation at the University of Texas. In 2013, he relocated to San Antonio and began working remotely for Hillel International and locally for Temple Chai, which he served until coming to Canton.
David’s professional interests off the pulpit include interfaith work and adult education. He also enjoys history, architecture, comedy, random trivia, and travel. Much to the delight of his wife, he does not play golf or watch football, so she has his undivided attention to bother her most Sundays.
He credits his childhood mentors Rabbi David M. Horowitz and Cantor Gedaliah Gertz z”l, as well as his active involvement in NFTY (North American Federation of Temple Youth), with his decision to become a rabbi.
Born and raised in Akron, David is married to Cleveland native Ronit Sherwin. Their blended family includes two sets of twins, ages 21 and 11. Lainey Komerofsky is a student at the College of Charleston, and Gabe Komerofsky is a student at The University of Texas at Austin. Natan Sherwin and Batya Sherwin are in middle school.
Rabbi Emeritus Jon Adland
Rabbi Jon Adland served as Rabbi of Temple Israel until his recent retirement in 2019. He formerly served congregations in Indianapolis, IN and Lexington, KY. Rabbi Adland was born in Washington, DC, and grew up in Chevy Chase, MD. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1976 with a BA in Psychology and Jewish Studies. During college he spent his junior year, 1974-75, on the One Year Program of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Following his graduation, Rabbi Adland returned to Israel to begin his studies in rabbinical school at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. From 1977-1982, Rabbi Adland attended the Cincinnati campus of HUC-JIR receiving his M.A.H.L. in 1981 and ordination in 1982.
In 1986, after serving as an assistant rabbi at Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, Rabbi Adland moved to Lexington, KY, where he served Temple Adath Israel for 17 years. During his tenure in Lexington, Rabbi Adland was very involved in the general community including serving on the board of United Way, the board and president of Lexington Planned Parenthood, co-founder of the Interfaith Alliance of the Bluegrass, created the clergy campaign for the homeless, and for 15 years served as an adjunct professor at Lexington Theological Seminary. During his years at Temple Adath Israel, the congregation grew and created more and varied programs. In 2003, Rabbi Adland returned to Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation as senior rabbi. During his tenure at IHC he was very involved in the Indianapolis community. He was chair of the Race and Cultural Relations Leadership Network, served on the boards of Planned Parenthood where he chaired the Advocacy Committee, Gleaners Food Bank, and the executive committee of Drug Free Marion County. He was a founding member of the Interfaith Hunger Initiative. Finally, he maintained an active involvement with the United Way.
During his entire career, Rabbi Adland has served on the faculty of Goldman Union Camp Institute for more than 25 years including 9 years as dean of kallah alef. He has also been very involved with Reform Jewish Outreach and working with interfaith couples. In the 1990’s, Rabbi Adland chaired the Conversion Committee of the CCAR.
Rabbi Adland married his wife Sandy in 1981. Her support in their life’s journey is an important part of his success. They are the proud parents of Joshua, who is married to Karen, and is currently attending the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and Rachel who is lives in Pittsburgh and works for American Eagle Outfitters.
Along with his family, Rabbi Adland’s passions are fishing and woodworking.
Rabbi Emeritus John H. Spitzer
Rabbi John Spitzer was ordained from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (Cincinnati,Ohio) in 1973. He served as Assistant and then Associate Rabbi of Congregation Shaare Emeth in St. Louis prior to arriving in Canton in 1981.
He served Temple Israel as Rabbi until his retirement from the pulpit in 2008. During his twenty-seven year tenure at Temple Israel he was active in communal affairs, issues of social justice, education and Zionism.
Rabbi Spitzer has been honored with two honorary doctorate degrees and has earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
He is blessed with his wife, Cheri. They have two sons and three grandchildren.