Rabbi Matthew Earne began serving as a Rabbi for Congregation Beth Am (“CBA”) in San Diego after graduating from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2006,. He earned his BA in Human Development and Family Studies at Cornell University, and his MA in Education from the University of Judaism. Rabbi Earne is a member of the San Diego Board of Rabbis and is a board member of the Adopt A Family Foundation of San Diego, which specializes in adopting families that were victims of terror in Israel and providing them necessary financial, psychological and medical assistance. Rabbi Earne devotes his time, energy and passion to the educational needs of Congregation Beth Am and the larger San Diego Jewish Community. He is the Education Rabbi for his synagogue and oversees three growing programs, the Early Childhood Center, the Hebrew School and the Sabra Hebrew High Program. Rabbi Earne takes pride in establishing lifelong relationships with all students and parents. Rabbi Earne has served as a leader for the San Diego Jewish community in educational innovation as he created the entire High School Program for his synagogue, aptly called “Sabra” as it centers on instilling a warm and loving Jewish identity that can be maintained regardless of the diverse environs of San Diego. He also created an 11th grade program entitled I3A: Israel: Advocacy, AIPAC and Ambassadorship. The I3A Program is a year devoted to intensive Israel study and culminates in a fully subsidized trip to the AIPAC National Policy Conference in Washington, DC. A “young leader” of the Conservative Movement, Rabbi Earne has been appointed to numerous committees and delegations representing Conservative Jewry in North America, Israel and overseas including serving as a delegate in three World Zionist Congresses for the MERCAZ party. Rabbi Earne lives in Carmel Valley with his wife, Elizabeth, and their two children, Jonah and Gabriella.
Rabbinic Leadership Initiative Cohort VII