Rabbi Katz was born in Rochester, New York. He studied theater at Northwestern University where he received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees. At Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, he was granted his Master’s of Hebrew Letters and Master of Arts in Hebrew Education. He was ordained in 1981, became an RJE (Reform Jewish Educator), and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Divinity in 2006. Rabbi Katz brought innovative programming and the highest standards of education to Temple Israel of Staten Island, where he served as spiritual leader for 16 years. During his tenure, the congregation became known as a leader in interfaith relations. Rabbi Katz was a Scholar in Residence at Wagner College and also served on the faculty at St. John’s University. He has served congregations as an Interim Rabbi in Pleasanton, CA; Pittsburgh, PA; Armonk, NY; Johns Creek, GA; Stony Brook, NY and most recently at Temple B’nai Or in Morristown, NJ. Har Sinai Congregation is his seventh interim position.
Rabbi Katz helped conceive and edit many of the Reform movement’s liturgical texts, including its official siddur, Mishkan T’filah. He has written numerous articles and is the co-editor of Between the Lines: New Stories from the Bible.
Rabbi Katz comes to Har Sinai Congregation with his wife, Nancy, a painter and ceramic artist. They have two children. Emily is the Communications Director for French philosopher/political activist Bernard-Henri Levi. Benjamin is a professional harpsichordist.