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Temple Sinai Clergy

Rabbi Jacqueline Mates-Muchin, Senior Rabbi

Rabbi Mates-Muchin joined the Temple Sinai community in 2005. Serving initially as our Associate Rabbi and, since 2015, our Senior Rabbi, Rabbi Mates-Muchin feels blessed be in this community, and is proud of the warmth, dynamism and commitment of our congregants to Temple Sinai.

Rabbi Mates-Muchin focuses her efforts in serving our community through teaching, worship, pastoral care, social justice work, and encouraging the recognition of the vast diversity within the Jewish community. As the first Chinese America Rabbi, she has lectured broadly on the changing nature of the American Jewish community and how established Jewish institutions can become more inclusive. She is actively engaged in the general East Bay community through interfaith and other organizational work. Nationally, Rabbi Mates-Muchin serves as a Central Conference of America Rabbis representative to the Board of the Union for Reform Judaism.

Prior to her service at Temple Sinai, Rabbi Mates-Muchin served as the Assistant Rabbi in Buffalo, New York for three years. She was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 2002 and received numerous awards for her academics and service. Her thesis entitled "The Analects of Confucius and Its Parallel in Early Rabbinic Thought" was a reflection of her Chinese and Jewish traditions. 

Rabbi Mates-Muchin is a native of San Francisco and enjoys connecting with those who attended her alma mater, 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.  

Rabbi Jacqueline Mates-Muchin
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Read Rabbi Mates-Muchin's recent High Holy Day Sermons

Ilene Keys, Cantor

Cantor 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 Hillsborough, 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 in 1995 as cantor of Temple Sinai, First Hebrew Congregation of Oakland 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.

Cantor Ilene Keys
(510) 451-3263 x331

Listen to Cantor Keys' recent High Holy Day Anthems

Rabbi Yoni Regev, Associate Rabbi 

Rabbi Regev joined the Temple Sinai community in 2014. He is proud to serve the dynamic and diverse Sinai community, and share its dedication to lifelong Jewish learning.

A native of Jerusalem, Rabbi Regev served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) before pursuing his graduate education in the United States. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland where he majored in Vocal Music Performance, and received his Rabbinic Ordination from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in 2014. He is also a proud graduate of the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management at HUC-JIR.

As a rabbinical student, Rabbi Regev was privileged to serve communities in Utah and Southern California, and trained as a chaplaincy intern at the Skirball Hospice in Los Angeles. He has served on the staff and faculty of URJ camps OSRUI, Kutz, and Newman.

Rabbi Regev's wife is also an ordained rabbi and educator. Rabbi Lara Regev is the Director of Jewish Living and Learning at Congregation Rodef Sholom in San Rafael. They reside in Marin County with their sons, Noah and Jacob.

Rabbi Regev
(510) 451-3263 x333 

Read Rabbi Regev's recent High Holy Day Sermons

Rabbi Daniel Freedman, Rabbi Educator

We are delighted to introduce the community to Rabbi Daniel Freedman, who will take his position as Temple Sinai’s Rabbi Educator on July 1, 2021. Rabbi Freedman comes to us from Santa Barbara Hillel, where he served as Senior Jewish Educator. He received a Master of Arts in Jewish Education in 2018 and his rabbinic ordination in 2020, both from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Rabbi Freedman is engaged to Rabbi Liora Alban, who serves as Director of Education at Peninsula Temple Sholom in Burlingame.

Rabbi Freedman will lead Temple Sinai’s Religious School and assume primary responsibility for educational programming for students in grades K – 6 and their families. He will also have rabbinic duties, with a focus on serving Religious School and preschool families. His rabbinic duties — which will likely evolve over time — will include leading worship services, conducting life cycle events, providing pastoral care to congregants and occasionally leading Torah study.

Rabbi Daniel Freedman

Rabbi Steven Chester, Rabbi Emeritus

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 Amanda. Shira and her husband, Daniel, are the parents of Rabbi and Leona's granddaughter, Trinity.

Before coming to Temple Sinai in 1989, Rabbi Steven Chester served congregations in Jackson, Michigan (where he also served as the 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 Studies Department.

Rabbi Chester received a B.A. in History from UCLA (1965), a B.H.L. from Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles (1967), an 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 is a Rabbi Emeritus of the congregation.

To reach Rabbi Chester, please email Betsy or call (510) 451-3263 x301.

Rabbi Samuel Broude, z"l, Rabbi Emeritus 

Rabbi Samuel G. Broude, 1924 – 2020    

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, '60
Associate Rabbi, Fairmount Temple, Cleveland, '60-'66
Rabbi, Temple Sinai, Oakland, '66-'89
Emeritus, '89-'20

Married Judith Ferse (Former Executive Officer, Israel Consulate, L.A.), 1950

Children: Micah (Janet), Marla (Bernard)
Grandchildren: Danielle (Abe), Allison, Jacob

Watch a video of Rabbi Broude's "Listening to the Voice" event at Temple Sinai from 2007.

Mon, May 16 2022 15 Iyar 5782