Rabbi Gerald Raiskin, z''l, was the founding Rabbi of Peninsula Temple Sholom. Born in 1926, Rabbi Raiskin moved from New York City to Burlingame in 1956. Previously, he had been an assistant rabbi at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in Manhattan.
Rabbi Raiskin passed away on April 17, 2006, only a few months before he was to retire after 50 years at PTS. May his memory be an inspiration and a blessing to all who knew him.
The Rabbi Gerald and Helen Raiskin Torah Center, the religious school at PTS, was named in his memory, and in that of his loving wife, Helen Raiskin.
Rabbi Daniel J. Feder
Rabbi Daniel J. Feder joined Peninsula Temple Sholom in 2006 as the second Senior Rabbi in our half-century history. He is loved for his warmth, intellectual creativity and spirituality.
Prior to coming to PTS, Rabbi Feder served as the Rabbi at Congregation Keneseth Israel in Allentown, Pa., for seven years. Before that, he was the Assistant and then Associate Rabbi at Temple Oheb Shalom in Baltimore, Md.
Rabbi Feder was born and raised in San Francisco, and grew up attending Congregation Emanu-El. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Arts from Hebrew Union College. Rabbi Feder was ordained in 1994.
Rabbi Feder is a husband and father of three daughters.
Cantor Barry Reich
Cantor Barry Reich, a fifth generation Cantor, has been serving as Peninsula Temple Sholom's Bar Mitzvah and Tefillah teacher, as well as Choral Director, for four decades. He is loved for his approachable style, sense of humor and comforting voice.
Cantor Reich participates, with the Rabbis, in worship services and life cycle events.
The Cantor received his education first at "The Breed Yeshiva" in Los Angeles and later attended the Ross McKee Conservatory of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, receiving a Bachelor of Music degree. In 1979 he received his Hazzan commission from the Cantor's Assembly of the Jewish Theological Seminary.
In August 2007, Cantor Reich received his Rabbinic ordination, or smicha, from the Israel Institute of Religious Studies. He also serves as the Northern California representative for the Cantor's Assembly.