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Rabbi

Rabbi Andrew Bentley
 

Rabbi Andrew Bentley has been serving as Rabbi of Temple Sinai since September 2014. Having been a resident of the Coachella Valley since 1998, he has worked in all denominations of Judaism. Originally from London, England, he made Aliyah (emigrated) to Israel with his family in 1990 where he attended Bar Ilan University and Ohr Torah Stone Institutions under prominent American/Israeli Rabbi Shlomo Riskin.

 

After receiving his Orthodox Rabbinical ordination, Rabbi Bentley moved to Palm Springs as the Rabbi of the Modern Orthodox, Desert Synagogue. In addition to serving as their spiritual leader, he enjoyed teaching a variety of classes in topics ranging from traditional Torah studies and Jewish philosophy as applied to the modern age, to Kabbalah and informal education programming involving music and the media.

 

Being a lifelong musician, Rabbi Bentley decided to change paths and work in music. This also coincided with his decision to leave Orthodoxy and explore Judaism in a more progressive way.

 

For fourteen years, as well as working as a professional musician and music producer, Rabbi Bentley worked as an independent rabbinical consultant where he served in a variety of roles including at Temple Isaiah in Palm Springs, where he discovered the joy of combining his Rabbinical and musical talents.

 

During his tenure at Temple Sinai, Rabbi Bentley has brought his varied background to shape our Temple into a unique place of prayer, study and community. His strong ties with Israel have been vital in confronting the challenges that face the Jewish people today and is part of the religious school and adult education curriculum.

 

Rabbi Bentley has composed a number of melodies which have been incorporated into Temple Sinai’s services and created a vibrant adult education program. Rabbi Bentley and his wife Beth live in Palm Desert and have four children.

 

Rabbi Bentley’s classes include:

  • Modern Jewish Ethics
  • Ten Paths to God
  • Torah study Shabbat morning before Services
Thu, October 17 2019 18 Tishrei 5780