Clergy: The Rabbis and Cantor of Temple Sinai
Temple Sinai has two, full-time rabbis, Rabbi Jacqueline Mates-Muchin and Rabbi Yoni Regev; and one cantor, Cantor Ilene Keys. We
are blessed to have such spiritual and visionary leaders enrich our
To learn more about them, please see below:
Rabbi Jacqueline Mates-Muchin
Acting Senior Rabbi
Rabbi Jacqueline Mates-Muchin joined the Temple Sinai community in 2005. She takes particular pride in Sinai's dedication to learning, inclusivity and social justice and feels blessed to be a part of such a dynamic and warm community.
Rabbi Mates-Muchin has been active in the leadership of East Bay Jewish life, currently serving as the president of the East Bay Council of Rabbis. She strongly believes in the importance of supporting and serving our greater community as well and works with the Oakland Fire Department as a volunteer chaplain amongst other civic and interfaith involvement.
Prior to her service at Temple Sinai, Rabbi Mates-Muchin served as the Assistant Rabbi in Buffalo, New York. She was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, having received awards for liturgy, history, bible, homiletics, religion and humanities. She also received awards for pastoral excellence and for excellence in service of a congregation. Her thesis entitled "The Analects of Confucius and Its Parallel in Early Rabbinic Thought" was a reflection of her Chinese and Jewish traditions. She is the first Chinese American Rabbi.
Rabbi Mates-Muchin is a native of San Francisco and enjoys connecting with those who attended her alma matter, Lowell High School. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara with high honors and while in Santa Barbara met her husband, Jonathan. They live in Oakland with their four wonderful children.
Contact Rabbi Mates-Muchin
Cantor Ilene Keys
Cantor Ilene Keys is a native of California and aspired to become a cantor since her Bat-Mitzvah. She studied Jewish music from a young age under the tutelage of her own cantor in Los Angeles, Cantor Nathan Lam. Cantor Keys received an undergraduate degree in Jewish Studies and Hebrew from UCLA, and spent a year in Israel studying at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. After graduating UCLA, Cantor Keys attended the School of Sacred Music-Hebrew Union College where she received a Master of Sacred Music and Cantorial Ordination in 1995.
As a cantorial student, Cantor Keys served Temple Beth Shalom of Arnold, Maryland, Temple Beth-El of Hillborough, New Jersey and Beth Haverim of Mahwah, New Jersey. While studying in Jerusalem, she was actively involved with Kol Haneshama Synagogue, a progressive Israeli congregation. Cantor Keys began serving as cantor of Temple Sinai, First Hebrew Congregation of Oakland in 1995, and is now the longest serving cantor in the congregation’s history.
Cantor Keys has served as board member and past president of the Northern California Board of Cantors. In addition, she has acted as the American Conference of Cantors Representative to the Union of Reform Judaism of the Northern California Council. She is a member of both the American Conference of Cantors and the Cantors Assembly.
Cantor Ilene Keys and her husband David Bobrowsky are blessed with three children: Seth, Stella and Solomon.
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Rabbi Yoni Regev
Interim Assistant Rabbi
Our congregation welcomes Rabbi Yoni Regev, our Interim Assistant Rabbi who began on July 1, 2014. Rabbi Regev received his ordination from the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles this spring, and brings a wide range of experience, including work as a student rabbi and educator at several congregations, chaplaincy work at the Skirball Hospice in Los Angeles, and time as student rabbi at URJ camps. Rabbi Regev grew up in Israel and served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). He came to the U.S. to attend Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, where he majored in Vocal Music Performance before enrolling at HUC-JIR.
Rabbi Regev’s wife, Lara Pullan Regev, will be ordained next spring but beginning this summer, she will begin serving as the Director of Jewish Living and Learning at Congregation Rodef Sholom in San Rafael. Please introduce yourself to Rabbi and Lara Regev and help us make them feel welcome.
Contact Rabbi Regev
Rabbi Samuel Broude
Rabbi Samuel G. Broude, b.1924
Chicago Public Schools
Herzl Junior College
U. of Chicago, B.A. '47
Hebrew Theological College (Chicago Yeshiva) - 8 years
Cantor, Pasadena, '49-'51; University Synagogue, L.A., '51-'58
Rabbinic Ordination, HUC-JIR, Cincinnati,1960
Associate Rabbi, Fairmount Temple, Cleveland, '60-'66
Rabbi, Temple Sinai, Oakland, '66-'89
Married Judith Ferse (Former Executive Officer, Israel Consulate, L.A.), 1950
Children: Micah (Janet), Marla (Bernard)
Grandchildren: Danielle (Abe), Allison, Jacob
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Rabbi Steven Chester
Rabbi Steven Chester is married to Leona. They
were married in 1969 and have two children, Adam and Shira. Adam and his
wife Keng are the parents of Rabbi and Leona’s granddaughters, Anna and Abigail.
Before coming to Temple Sinai in 1989, Rabbi Steven Chester served
congregations in Jackson, Michigan (where he also served as prison
chaplain for the Jewish prisoners of the State of Michigan) and
Stockton, California. He has taught Hebrew at Jackson Community College,
Bible at Spring Arbor College and Bible and Judaism at the University
of the Pacific, where he was named Adjunct Professor in the Religious
Rabbi Chester received a B.A. in History from UCLA (1965), a B.H.L.
from Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles (1967), a M.H.L. from Hebrew
Union College in Cincinnati (1971), and an honorary doctorate from HUC
in 1996. He was ordained in 1971. His Rabbinic thesis was "Eli Wiesel:
Rebbe for our Generation."
Rabbi Chester retired in June 2011, and along with Rabbi Samuel Broude, is a Rabbi Emeritus of the congregation.Contact Rabbi Chester