Rabbi Seth H. Frisch, a Conservative Rabbi, was ordained at The Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS) in New York City and in his final 2 years at JTS served as Assistant to the Dean of the Rabbinical School under the Deanship of Rabbi Gordon Tucker, currently Senior Rabbi and Spiritual Leader of Temple Israel Center, White Plains, NY.
As an undergraduate student, Rabbi Frisch studied Government and International Relations at the University of Illinois and simultaneously served as a Legislative Assistant to the Chairman of the United States Senate, Committee on Foreign Relations, Area Concentration, United Arab Republic of Egypt. Of special note is Rabbi Frisch’s work in the transfer of the Ethiopian Jewish Community during Operation Moses. Rabbi Frisch participated in 27 missions to Sudan and Ethiopia in order to assist in carrying out the successful effort to bring the Ethiopian Jewish community safely to their new home in the State of Israel.
Before becoming ordained and in addition to earning a Master’s Degree in Judaic Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary, Rabbi Frisch received advanced studies in Biblical Narrative under the mentorship of Distinguished Professor Shalom Paul, Chairman of the Bible Department of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Upon Ordination, Rabbi Frisch first served as Assistant Rabbi of Temple Emanuel in Newton Centre, Massachusetts. Temple Emanuel is the largest Conservative Synagogue in New England. Upon completion of his Assistantship, he was asked to serve as Senior Rabbi and Spiritual Leader of Temple Beth El in Portland, Maine.
After serving Portland’s Jewish community with distinction, Rabbi Frisch returned to Columbia University Teacher’s College where he earned Masters Certification in Counseling Psychology with a focused concentration in Illness and Bereavement Therapies. It was also at this time that Rabbi Frisch was the recipient of the highly coveted Rabbinic Fellowship at The Interfaith Center of New York under the Direction of the Very Reverend James Parks Morton, Dean Emeritus of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. The Interfaith Center is responsible for creating both dialogue and understanding among diverse religious and ethnic communities in Manhattan.
While in New York, Rabbi Frisch was married to Rabbi Robyn Frisch and together decided to return to the Philadelphia area, Robyn’s home. At that time, Rabbi Seth Frisch and Rabbi Robyn Frisch co-founded The Lerhaus Institute of Jewish Studies in Abington, Pennsylvania. The Lerhaus Institute quickly became known for its high level of Biblical and Narrative studies and was modeled on the Lehrhaus Institute created by Franz Rosenzweig and Martin Buber. In addition to his duties as Director of The Lerhaus Institute, Rabbi Frisch was invited to assume the position as Senior Rabbi of Congregation Tiferes B’nai Israel in Warrington, PA, a long standing position he held before coming to be with us here at Kesher Israel. Together, Seth and Robyn have three very nice children, Benjamin, Noah and Talia.
It is with great joy on our part that Rabbi Frisch has accepted the position of Senior Rabbi and Spiritual Leader of our historic congregation and we are thrilled to have him. We look forward to many fruitful years ahead with Rabbi Frisch as our rabbi, teacher and spiritual leader.