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Rabbi Michael Moskowitz serves on the Rabbinic Cabinet at Avodah.

Rabbi Michael Moskowitz is a rabbi at Temple Shir Shalom in West Bloomfield, Michigan. Having joined the Temple Shir Shalom family after his ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1995. Before Ordination, he served as the Program Director of the URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute in Zionsville, Indiana and now returns to the camp as a faculty member, both there and at the new URJ Six Points Sports Academy, with more Shir Shalom kids every summer.

During his tenure at Temple Shir Shalom, the congregation has grown from 500 families to over 900. Among his many duties, Rabbi Moskowitz is most proud of the innovative and spiritual services he has helped create, as well as his work with alternative, experiential educational programs. He has dedicated himself to the success of the synagogue’s seventh and eighth grade program, as well as the enrichment and development of their high school program. Six years ago, the temple helped fulfill another of his dreams with the beginning of The Learning Center, Shir Shalom’s very own preschool, working to bring children together at the earliest stages in life. 

In 2010, Rabbi Moskowitz was elected President of the Michigan Board of Rabbis. He is a past president of the West Bloomfield Clergy Association and Community Forum, an interfaith community network. He currently serves as the rabbinical representative to the Religious Leaders Forum, working closely with the Archbishop of Detroit, bringing leaders from all religious faiths together in order to strengthen our community.

Rabbi Moskowitz completed a double major in political science and religion and graduated cum laude from Duke University. Today, while few things compare to time with his family, watching a Duke basketball game remains a close second, which fortunately his children now enjoy sharing with him. He lives in Bloomfield Hills with his wife, Leslie, navigating the excitement and joy of having three children studying in college: their twin sons, Asher and Nathan and daughter, Ellie. He is the proud holder of their famous recipe for gluten-free chocolate chip banana bread which they bake together, enjoy, and share regularly.