Rabbi Mark Cooper, a native of Los Angeles, graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles and was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1985.  Following ordination he became the Associate Rabbi of Temple Israel of Natick, Massachusetts, where the senior rabbi was Harold Kushner.  Reflecting on his experience in Massachusetts, Rabbi Cooper says “My years in Natick were very impactful on my rabbinate as I had a wonderful opportunity to learn from one of the truly great rabbis of our generation.”  After living in Natick for six years, Rabbi Cooper and his family moved to New Jersey, where he became the rabbi of Temple Beth Ahm.

In 1998, Rabbi Cooper came to South Orange to assume the pulpit of Oheb Shalom Congregation, where he has focused his energy and attention on Jewish education and creating programs that help people of all ages and families to feel connected to the rhythm and beauty of Jewish life.  When asked about his vision for the congregation, Rabbi Cooper says: “I want Oheb Shalom to be a place where every member feels drawn into our congregational family, a place where each person is challenged and inspired to move forward on their Jewish journey, motivated not by guilt or routine but by an active, vibrant passion to learn and to do more as a Jew.  Our synagogue should be the catalyst in the search for meaning and relevance in Jewish life, tantalizing each member to grow Jewishly.”

Rabbi Cooper is active as a mohel in New Jersey and New York.  He is married to Amy Skopp Cooper and is the proud father of five sons.

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  1. Dear Rabbi Mark Cooper,\
    We met in Barcelona at the restaurant
    I hope you enjoyed the rest of your sojourn there.
    It is a rich place in many ways
    The morning after I woke up early , it seems my mind was playing over our conversation.
    Sarah Honig had written a piece in the Jerusalem Post, I believe last week.
    She mentioned how much of what is bandied about as criticism of policy is really argumentum ad hominem.
    I think the term fits and I would suggest that when you have the time , you look up the term and consider the implications.
    I am most open to your response.
    Wishing you a Shabbat shalom,
    David Krieger

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