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Rabbi Stephen Slater

Temple Beth-El

Rabbi Stephen Slater, born in 1983, grew up the son of Baptist missionaries in West Africa. He attended Hillsdale College in Michigan where he studied philosophy and met his wife, Bethany. After marrying, the couple moved to Oxford, England, where his wife completed a degree in Jewish Studies. Next they moved to Israel, where Slater obtained his MA at Hebrew University. He completed his rabbinical training at Hebrew College in Boston.

Slater became the rabbi at Temple Beth-El in Birmingham, Alabama in 2018. He and his wife are very active in the Birmingham community. They host weekly Shabbat dinners at their home and encourage spiritual conversation and personal connections over food.

Michelle Little

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