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Welcome Rabbi Kline!

Ordained in 1995, Rabbi Marc Aaron Kline comes to Monmouth Reform Temple well seasoned and ready for new opportunities to grow MRT as he has helped facilitate growth at Temple Adath Israel (Lexington, KY), and Beth Israel Congregation (Florence, SC) before that. His deeply rooted faith and love for Torah fits well in our community bent on service and creating relevant Jewish experiences. Prior to entering Hebrew Union College (seminary), Rabbi practiced law in Little Rock Arkansas. He says that he is still practicing law, only for a higher class client … God.

Rabbi Kline has taught Ethics, Philosophy, Religion and Government courses at the high school, college, and graduate school level for most of the last fifteen years. In Lexington, Rabbi Kline served as an adjunct instructor at the Disciples of Christ Lexington Theological Seminary (Pastoral Care and Diverse World Cultural Worship), Transylvania University (Jewish - Christian Relations), at the University of Kentucky (Jewish Thought and Culture), and Eastern Kentucky University (Religion). At Temple, he teaches in our Religious school, joins Cantor Clissold to tutor each Bar/Bat Mitzvah student, and regularly runs diverse adult education programs.

Rabbi Kline has served as Chair of the Lexington Fayette County Urban Government Human Rights Commission. This commitment to social justice saw him co-lead the march on Columbia, South Carolina in 2000 to bring the Confederate Battle Flag from atop the Statehouse dome. His commitment to diversity sees him serving internationally on the Board of Directors of the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA), where he is involved in the pluralism and peace process politics in Israel. Rabbi Kline has extensive Chaplaincy experience, and has devoted a great deal of time to community service in local and national organizations.

Rabbi Marc publishes a weekly Torah Commentary to an international E-mail list and a weekly digital periodical. He holds a deep commitment to fostering Interfaith relationships, mentors other clergy in pastoral care, and consults with religious, public, and private organizations, and schools on matters of leadership, diversity, social justice, and long range planning.

Previously widowed, he is married to Lori Bernard. They have seven children between them: Diogo, Doug, Corey (married to Adam), Joshua, Danielle, Ilana, and Rachel (who lives here with Rabbi and Lori).