Rabbi Alan Berlin has served Temple Beth-El as Executive Director since 2009. Before coming to San Antonio, he served for more than a decade at Temple Solel in Paradise Valley, Arizona. Following his ordination at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1997, Rabbi Berlin joined the Phoenix area congregation first as Assistant Rabbi, then Associate Rabbi, and was ultimately named Senior Rabbi of that synagogue upon his predecessor’s retirement.
Upon moving to San Antonio with his wife, Cantor Julie Berlin, and their three children, Rabbi Berlin decided to explore opportunities outside the full-time congregational rabbinate. At that time, he served a congregation in Mandeville, Louisiana, across Lake Ponchartrain from New Orleans, on an interim basis. He also served in a fundraising capacity with State Representative Mike Villarreal. Rabbi Berlin earned a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Illinois where he also minored in Hebrew. He also studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Rabbi Berlin is an active member of the National Association of Temple Administrators and the Central Conference of American Rabbis. He served the CCAR in a variety of capacities and currently is co-chair of its Nominating Committee and a member of its Budget Committee. Rabbi Berlin enjoys hiking, swimming, biking, and running. He has completed in dozens of marathons, half-marathons, and triathlons including three Ironman distance triathlons. He and his wife, Cantor Julie Berlin, are the proud parents of three young adults.