Temple Etz Rimon was founded in June 2000 by Barbara Browne and Eitan Aharoni in response to a need to create a new Jewish “home” for Reform Jews in Coastal North County. Eitan and Barbara quickly found other interested families, and rented space at the Carlsbad Women’s Club for weekly Shabbat services.
Temple Etz Rimon’s first Rabbi was Mel Weinman. Rabbis David Barnett, Mark Goldfarb, and Ben Kamin followed him. Several other rabbis shared their unique personalities and perspectives on Shabbat and holidays, including the late Rabbi Bernie King, Rabbi Hillel Cohn and Rabbi Arnold Kopikis. Since 2009, Rabbi Karen Sherman has led our growing congregation.
Temple Etz Rimon grew and moved to Pilgrim Church, where we could comfortably hold both weekly Shabbat services and High Holiday services. Today, we continue to meet in their warm and inviting sanctuary and share sacred space.
Beginning with worship services and social action, we have grown to provide educational opportunities to our adult members as well as a unique and vibrant Religious School. The Religious School curriculum includes Judaic studies and Hebrew for grades K-8 led by multi-grade, experienced teachers and headed by Rabbi Karen Sherman.
Leadership at the Temple consists of many devoted and talented volunteers. Barbara Browne and Eitan Aharoni served as our first temple presidents, and were soon followed by Marilyn Clement, Jan Porush, Karen Linick and Avi Rossenfeld. Presently, Lori Hellman serves as temple president. We are fortunate to be guided by an able Board of Directors and interested members with significant experience in governing of Jewish organizations.