Rabbi Peter S. Berg
In 2008, Rabbi Peter Berg became the fifth senior rabbi to serve Hebrew Benevolent Congregation (The Temple) in Atlanta, GA, since 1895. Prior to coming to The Temple, he served as rabbi of Temple Beth Or in Washington Township, New Jersey, and as the associate rabbi of Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, Texas.
Over the years, Rabbi Berg has spent a great deal of time working with advocacy groups on issues such as separation of church and state, the death penalty, civil rights, religious freedom, welfare reform, gun safety, hate crimes, and the environment. He has served on numerous communal and advisory boards, including: American Jewish Congress, Drug Enforcement Agency, Mental Health Association, Dallas for Children, Westwood Area Clergy Association, New York Service for the Handicapped, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta (FAMA), American Jewish Committee, and Jewish Family and Career Services (JFCS).
Rabbi Berg currently serves on the Board of the Anti-Defamation League, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, URJ Camp Coleman Clergy Advisory Board, Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS), and OUTCRY: Faith Voices Against Gun Violence. He is vice-president of the Atlanta Rabbinical Association and a chaplain for the Georgia State Patrol. He was a member of the editorial committee for Mishkan HaNefesh, the new machzor of the Reform Movement, published in 2015 by CCAR Press.
A native of Ocean Township, New Jersey, Rabbi Berg holds a degree in Education and Human Development, with a focus in human services, counseling, and Judaic Studies, from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He earned his MA in Hebrew Literature and his rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in New York and Jerusalem, where he was a Steinhardt Fellow. Rabbi Berg also holds a certificate in Chemical Dependency and Spiritual Counseling and is a trained Disaster, Fire, and Police Chaplain.
Rabbi Berg lives in Atlanta with his wife Karen and their three children.