Rabbi Suzanne Singer has served at Temple Beth El of Riverside, California as Rabbi and Educator since February of 2008. Previously, she served for two and a half years as a rabbi at Temple Sinai of Oakland, California. She has been actively engaged in social justice work, having served as a member of the Inland Congregations United for Change (ICUC) Clergy Caucus and as a Commissioner for the City of Riverside’s Human Relations Commission. Additionally, Rabbi Singer launched two social justice conferences, the first in the Bay Area in November, 2005, the second in Los Angeles in November, 2007.
From 2006 to 2008, Rabbi Singer served both as Director of the Introduction to Judaism Program for the Pacific Southwest Council of the Union for Reform Judaism, and as Coordinator of a leadership initiative at the Los Angeles campus of Hebrew Union College (HUC).
She grew up in New York City and attended the Lycée Français de New York from elementary through high school. She holds three Masters Degrees: a Masters of Arts in Hebrew Letters and a Masters of Arts in Judaic Studies from HUC; and a Masters in Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, where she also earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Comparative Literature. Prior to attending HUC, Rabbi Singer spent twenty years as a television producer and programming executive, primarily for national public television (PBS) and primarily in news and public affairs. As Executive Producer of a national documentary series, POV, she won two national Emmy awards. She also co-created and produced a national preschool series, The Puzzle Place, designed to help children respect and appreciate diversity. Rabbi Singer is married to Jordan Lund, an actor. She is also the aunt of seven nieces and nephews with whom she is very close.