Rabbi Mathew Marko
Congregation Beth Israel's Rabbi Mathew Marko hails from Brooklyn N.Y. and survived 18 years in California. His career adventures have included acting professionally at the Hippodrome State Theatre in Florida and The Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles, development and fundraising, teaching students as a much demanded substitute teacher in LA’s school district, and proprietor of a fine carpentry and custom furniture shop in Los Angeles.
This is all precedent to realizing his calling: Torah, Jewish community, spiritual modernism and activism, justice and Israel. Rabbi Matt also combines his love of Torah and creativity in teaching woodcraft at Camp Ramah Darom.
A fierce defender and advocate for Israel, he has lived on kibbutz, is an AIPAC Leffell Rabbinic Leadership fellow, and will spend any Shabbat minute answering questions about why Jews need to know and love Israel.
Rabbi Matt owes his success to the support of his best friend and wife Marie.
B.F.A in Theatre Performance, University Florida at Gainesville.
Minor in Modern Hebrew Language and Literature.
Masters of Rabbinic Literature, American Jewish University
Rabbinic Ordination, The Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies
Stats & Certifications
Cheironomy teacher (ancient art of Torah trope hand signals), Certified Scuba instructor, Certified Free Fall Sky Diver, Motorcyclist, master word-worker, musician, bicyclist and creative kosher chef of international cuisine.