A rabbi is a teacher and Rabbi Andy Gordon is truly a teacher at heart. Rabbi Gordon is passionate about teaching both young and old. It is these moments together, face-to-face, that he loves most about being a rabbi. Rabbi Gordon firmly believes that when we create sacred connection through study, prayer, and Tikkun Olam, we can bring about transformative change to our lives and our world.
Rabbi Andy Gordon came to Bolton Street Synagogue after serving as one of the rabbis at Temple Sinai of Roslyn in Long Island. He also was the first Assistant Rabbi at Scarsdale Synagogue in Westchester, NY.
Rabbi Gordon grew up in Toledo, Ohio, and was inspired to join the rabbinate because of his teacher, Rabbi Edward Garsek. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Rabbi Gordon received his Bachelor of Arts in History and Judaic Studies with high honors, and was elected Phi Beta Kappa. In 2008, he received his rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. Rabbi Gordon has been committed to community organizing and justice work and has been active in the interfaith community. His proudest accomplishments as a rabbi are guiding our children and teens in their quest to find meaning and a spiritual home.
Rabbi Gordon is an avid swimmer and enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling, hiking, and rooting for his beloved Michigan Wolverines. He and his husband, Brian, are the proud parents of Caleb.
Read Rabbi Gordon’s article for the September/October Chaverim.