Rabbi Alan Berlin has served Temple Beth-El as Executive Director since 2009. Before coming to San Antonio, he served for more than a decade at Temple Solel in Paradise Valley, Arizona. Following his ordination at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1997, Rabbi Berlin joined the Phoenix area congregation first as Assistant Rabbi, then Associate Rabbi, and was ultimately named Senior Rabbi of that synagogue upon his predecessor's retirement.
Upon moving to San Antonio with his wife, Cantor Julie Berlin, and their three children, Rabbi Berlin decided to explore opportunities outside the full-time congregational rabbinate. At that time, he served a small congregation in Mandeville, Louisiana, across Lake Ponchartrain from New Orleans, on an interim basis. He also served in a fundraising capacity with State Representative Mike Villarreal. Rabbi Berlin earned a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Illinois where he also minored in Hebrew. He also studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is currently working towards a Certificate in Non-Profit Management at Our Lady of the Lake University. Rabbi Berlin enjoys hiking, swimming, biking, and running. He recently completed his third Ironman distance triathlon. He is a proud Texas Longhorn parent.