Ambassador Ron Dermer – Monday, October 22, 2018
Born and raised in Cincinnati, OH, Rabbi Chase Foster received a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Jewish Studies from Purdue University in 2009, and he was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in May of 2017. He lives with his wife, Sarah, in the West University area of Houston.
Before entering HUC, impassioned by his Jewish youth experiences at Wise Temple in Cincinnati and the URJ’s Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI), Chase worked as the Director of Youth Activities at Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He was a committee member of the URJ’s Commission on Lifelong Jewish Learning, and was a Leadership Team member for the newly founded Reform Youth Professionals’ Association (now a part of the Association for Reform Jewish Educators). He also spent two summers as Faculty at URJ’s Camp Harlam. Chase has extensive experience in Reform Jewish youth programming and considers it his passion and life’s work.
While in college, he became the youth group advisor at Temple Israel in West Lafayette, Indiana, and a leader in Alpha Epsilon Pi, KESHER: the URJ’s College Division, and Purdue’s Hillel Student Board. He worked as a staff member for eight summers at GUCI, including as a unit head, Director of Jewish Programming, and three summers as Program Director.
While attending HUC-JIR, Chase served at Temple Shaaray Tefila in New York City, Congregation Bayt Shalom in Greenville, NC, University of Cincinnati Hillel, Temple Sinai in Cranston, RI, Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester in Rye, NY, and Temple Isaiah in Great Neck, NY as a spiritual leader, teacher, and friend. All of these places have had an indelible impact upon Chase and his aspirations as a leader in the Jewish community and the world surrounding. Due to his hard work in the classroom and at his internships, Chase received the Westchester Association of Temple Educators Marilyn Scheffler Award for Excellence in Jewish Education, and the Aaron H. & Rose G. Covel Prize for Most Academic Progress.
Rabbi Chase joined the clergy team at Congregation Beth Israel in July of 2017. He will be focusing on youth and family engagement and programming, ATID: Beth Israel’s young adult group, and social justice programming.