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Rabbi Arthur Flicker, Rabbi Emeritus

After 14 years of full-time service to Congregation B’nai Israel, Rabbi Flicker retired in 2016. During his tenure, Rabbi Flicker distinguished himself as a leader of interfaith dialogue in the greater Albuquerque community, he trained many Bar and Bat Mitzvah students, and he has comforted many in times of loss. Rabbi Flicker has held a chaplaincy with the Albuquerque Police Department, and as an Ex-Officio member of the local clergy, has provided pastoral support to families throughout Albuquerque on behalf of the Jewish Federation of New Mexico. Rabbi Flicker remains a valued member of our congregation and lay-led minyan.

He received his bachelor’s degree in History from Northwestern University in 1971 and his master’s degree from Ohio State University in 1990. He received rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Reuben Luckens in 1989. Rabbi Flicker has served congregations in Tyler, Texas, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Columbus, Ohio. He has had numerous articles published, is a member of the Rabbinic Cabinet of the United Jewish Communities, a member of the American Association of Rabbis and served on the Board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Albuquerque.

In 2002, Rabbi Flicker was awarded the Martin Luther King Spirit Award by the Baptist Ministers Conference of Greater Cincinnati. Rabbi Flicker has been involved with the CBI, Solomon Schechter Day School, and other organization since he first arrived in Albuquerque and serves as rabbinical adviser.

Rabbi Flicker is currently serving as the part-time interim rabbi for CBI.

In August, 2019, Rabbi Dov Gartenberg began serving Congregation B’nai Israel as Interim Rabbi. He leads services, celebrations, education, life-cycle events, and programming. He is also available to members in need of pastoral care. Rabbi Dov is committed to the process of healing our congregation, welcoming and understanding interfaith families, and supporting those in our community who are traveling the path as Conservative Jews.

Rabbi Dov is guided by his convictions in the spiritual beauty, eternal relevance, and deep humanity of Judaism for our 21st century lives and times. He is an experienced congregational rabbi who seeks to provide comfort for those in grief, bring hope to those who are ill, and support those who seek to enhance their Jewish lives.

Rabbi Dov grew up in Southern California, has spent many years in Israel, and is a fluent Hebrew speaker. His educational background includes a BA from UC Berkeley in religious studies, graduate studies at Harvard University in comparative religion, and rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. His continuing education includes being a rabbinic fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of Jerusalem and the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

Rabbi Dov has served two congregations in Southern California, and leading Congregation Beth Shalom in Seattle from 1988 to 2004. He founded Panim Hashadot—New Faces of Judaism, a community initiative to bring people together through Shabbat Hospitality. In his career, he has converted more than 500 people to Judaism by their choice. Rabbi Dov is the proud father of three grown children, Zachary, Moriel, and Fay.

He has volunteered for the National Alliance for Mental Illness as a peer educator and facilitator for caregivers. Rabbi Dov enjoys biking, hiking, baseball, group singing, meeting new people, consuming current news, and reading the history of the Jewish people and the world.

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