Shalom and a very warm welcome to the Beth Shalom Synagogue website! I consider myself to be very fortunate to be part of the Beth Shalom community. The amount of participation by members of the community, the amount of joy, and the amount of holiness that I see here every week is truly a gift from heaven. The Jewish religion, the Jewish people, Jewish learning, and a Jewish vision of the world are all thriving here at Beth Shalom. I look forward to the opportunity to share our joy, our yiddeshkeit, and our love of Gd with members, potential members, visitors, and folks from Baton Rouge who are interested in dropping by, whether Jewish or not!
Rabbi Gardner was born and raised in New York City and is married to Alina Vogelhut Gardner. He was ordained in 2008 by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. He’s the recipient of the Sarah and Samuel Chernick Memorial Prize in Halakhic Literature and the David G Sacks Scholarship Prize. Rabbi Gardner also has a M.A.H.L. from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, an M.A. from the University of Michigan and a B.A. from Oberlin College.
Rabbi Gardner is happy to speak to anyone who has questions about Judaism, and always encourages people to attend his classes as well as services. Visit our Contact Us page to email or call the Rabbi.