Rabbis Shira Milgrom and Tom Weiner lead Congregation Kol Ami through a unique Rabbinic partnership. The rabbinic partnership is a living model of empowerment - of sharing responsibility for the creation and sustenance of Jewish community. This model gives our congregation the full service and attention of two "senior" rabbis. Between them, Rabbis Weiner and Milgrom share over 50 years of experience in the pulpit and in Jewish education.
Rabbi Shira Milgrom reflects a new generation of rabbis who passionately create extraordinary encounters with Jewish texts, rituals and traditions that merge the intimate and personal with the grand vision of Judaism and the Jewish people. She is one of the rabbis of Congregation Kol Ami - a member of a unique and innovative rabbinic partnership.
Rabbi Milgrom has traveled throughout North America bringing Jews closer to the words of Torah and Jewish self-expression. She is a graduate of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and has academic training in a wide range of learning. Rabbi Milgrom is the author of articles on Jewish spirituality, education and healing. She has been the keynote speaker in major American conferences ranging from young leadership, women and feminism to issues facing the aging and the elderly. She is also the editor of a unique Siddur (prayer book) now used in settings across the continent. Rabbi Milgrom brings a remarkable vitality and creativity to Jewish learning settings.
Rabbi Milgrom is married to Dr. David Elcott and they are the parents of four children, seven granddaughters and one grandson
Rabbi Tom Weiner was born and raised in Boston MA. He received his BA from Brandeis University, graduating with honors in 1978. He was awarded his Rabbinic Ordination from the Hebrew Union College in 1984, completing as well a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters. He earned his Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University in 1983.
From 1984 until 1997, Rabbi Weiner served as assistant and then associate rabbi of Central Synagogue in Manhattan. During his tenure there he created a wide array of youth and young adult programs, many of which were modeled nationally in the Reform Movement.
Here at Kol Ami, Rabbi Weiner teaches extensively in our religious school and adult education programs, supervises the formal and informal education programs of our high school students and oversee Kol Ami’s Bar and Bat Mitzvah program. Rabbi Weiner has led numerous adult and youth program trips to Israel, as well as Cuba, Jordan, Egypt, South Africa and Eastern Europe.
In rabbinic partnership with Rabbi Milgrom, Rabbi Weiner oversees and directs our full and rich program of activities. Rabbi Weiner lives in White Plains with his family.