New rabbi joins local congregation
CHAMPAIGN — Rabbi Alan Cook has joined the congregation of Sinai Temple in Champaign after the retirement of Rabbi Norman Klein.
Cook was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2003. He then served as an assistant rabbi at Temple Sinai in Denver for four years and as an associate rabbi at Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Seattle for six years.
Before becoming a rabbi, Cook pursued a career in education, earning a master's degree in elementary education from Washington University in St. Louis and teaching in a Jewish day school in Memphis.
He has extensive experience in the field of Jewish camping and strives to build meaningful connections to Judaism for congregants of all ages.
"Rabbi Cook brings enthusiasm, warmth and experience to this entire community. We look forward to his leadership in helping us build stronger relationships with the many religious organizations in the area, while continuing to offer a welcoming center of worship for Jewish families," said Randy Rosenbaum, Sinai Temple president. "Rabbi Cook is particularly passionate about performing deeds of social action. He also seeks to strengthen interfaith cooperation within the community."
The rabbi is married to Jody Cook, who is also a rabbi. They have two children, Gabe and Orli.