Rabbi Matthew A. ReimerSenior Rabbi
Rabbi Matthew Reimer grew up in West Orange, New Jersey, along with his brother and sister. His father is an attorney, and his mother was an educator in Newark, NJ. He has been strongly immersed in Jewish education and activities throughout his life. Ordained in 2007 by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Rabbi Reimer was most recently the Rabbi for The Shul of New York, a synagogue in New York City, which focused on spirituality and music.
Before that, Rabbi Reimer served as the Interim Rabbi for the Port Jewish Center in Port Washington, Long Island, where he helped the synagogue transition from one long time rabbi to their current rabbi. Prior to his time at PJC, he was the Assistant and then Associate Rabbi at Temple B’nai Jeshurun in Short Hills, New Jersey, the oldest Reform and largest synagogue in the state, from 2008 through 2013. An experienced educator, he previously served as the High School and Youth Programs Director of Park Avenue Synagogue, a Conservative synagogue, in New York City.
Prior to his ordination, Rabbi Reimer spent two years as the Rabbinic Intern at Temple Shaaray Tefila in New York City. During that time, he focused on outreach to the city’s 20’s and 30’s community and built a Shabbat service that continues today. His outreach to this very important cohort has been an integral part of his rabbinic work, and he continues to focus much time and energy on future generations.
As an undergraduate at Vassar College, he majored in music. Upon graduation, he spent a year in Israel, studying at Hebrew University, working at the Jerusalem Symphony, singing in a professional choir and traveling throughout the country.
Before entering rabbinical school, Rabbi Reimer worked at the New York Philharmonic and a major New York law firm as a case manager in their litigation department.
Rabbi Reimer is a member of the Israeli National Flag Football Team and has a wide range of musical interests, from the Grateful Dead to Beethoven to Phish to Bob Marley to A Tribe Called Quest to Clifford Brown to Sam Cooke to Eva Cassidy to Stravinsky and everything in between. His wife, Leah, is an anesthesiologist, and they are the proud parents of four, yes, that’s right, four daughters.