Meet the RabBi

Welcome Rabbi Ron Koas

“I believe that the main role of a rabbi is to teach; education is the key for building a strong and vibrant Jewish community”
— Rabbi Ron Koas

Rabbi Ron Koas has been the Senior Rabbi of Congregation Beth El, Norfolk, VA since July 2021. Raised in Israel, Rabbi Koas served as a Captain in the Israeli Defense Forces and studied at the prestigious Beit Tzvi Theatre Academy before deciding to enter the field of education. He received his bachelor’s degree in Education from Levinsky Teachers College and his master’s degree in Educational Administration from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He received his Rabbinic ordination from the Rabbinical Academy.

Rabbi Koas was selected to represent Israel as a shaliach, or emissary, for the Progressive Zionist Movement in Melbourne, Australia, where he coordinated and facilitated synagogue, school, and youth group community programs. Following his three-year term in Australia, Rabbi Koas moved to the United States, serving for six years as the Director of Education at the Park Avenue Synagogue in Manhattan. He simultaneously served as Editor-in-Chief of the Hebrew-language newspaper supplement “Here and There”, and made guest appearances on the Israeli “Voice of the Heart” radio-broadcast talk show.

Rabbi Koas came to Norfolk from Marlboro Jewish Center, NJ where he served eight years as Associate Rabbi and Education Director.
Rabbi Koas is a lover of the outdoors and is particularly fond of hiking and water activities. His favorite place is the Tel Aviv Beach and his favorite food is Shakshuka.

Rabbi Koas has three children: Daniel, Yair and Talia. Rabbi Koas believes that we all need to work together toward a vision of inclusion, striving to make the synagogue a place where everyone feels welcome to experience the power and beauty of Jewish tradition. What he loves most about his work is the opportunity to get to know people of all ages, help them discover the meaning and direction that Judaism can provide, and show them how beautiful Judaism can be.

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