Rabbi Michael Katz has been the spiritual leader of Temple Beth Torah since 1979.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Rabbi Katz received his B.A. from Temple University, and a Bachelors of Hebrew Literature from Gratz College. He was awarded a Masters Degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he received his Rabbinic ordination. In 2005, JTS awarded the rabbi the degree of Doctor of Divinity.
Rabbi Katz has been strongly involved in the institutions of Conservative Judaism. He was a regional president of United Synagogue Youth; a staff member for twenty years at Camp Ramah; past president of the Rabbinical Assembly of Nassau-Suffolk; a founder of the Solomon Schechter High School; and a class Rabbi at the Schechter Day School of Nassau County, in Jericho. He also serves on the Conservative Bet Din, the Rabbinic Court supervising conversions on Long Island.
Rabbi Katz is the co-author of two books: SWIMMING IN THE SEA OF TALMUD, and SEARCHING FOR MEANING IN MIDRASH (Jewish Publication Society, 2000; 2002) and is Associate Editor of THE OBSERVANT LIFE (Aviv Press, 2011).
Rabbi Katz and his wife Fran are the parents of Ariel (and his wife Sarah Malka, who live in Jerusalem) and Eliana (and her husband Joel) and are grandparents of Chaim, Mimi, Racheli, Ayelet, Tali, Elchanan, Noa and Yitzhaky.