Rabbi Tom Alpert is pleased to be part of the Temple Etz Chaim community. He was ordained from the New York campus of the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in 2000 after a previous career as a lawyer. Since his ordination, he has served congregations in Malden, Brookline, and Marlborough, as well as having served as an interim rabbi in Madison, Connecticut. He has completed advanced training in congregational transition and change. During his legal career, he worked in private and public practice, including as an Assistant Attorney General in the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General. He received his BA from Yale University in 1976, AM in American History from Harvard University in 1977, JD from Harvard Law School in 1982, and MAHL from HUC-JIR in 1999. Rabbi Alpert is married to Eileen Hagerty. They have three children: David, Katherine, and Andrew. He is happiest when Jews are involved in building community, worshiping with intention, and repairing the world, and when in addition to all this the Red Sox win.
Dancing into the Light is a heartwarming memoir that captures one woman’s transformative journey of self-discovery by making peace with a family at once extremely dysfunctional, yet oddly endearing. As a child, her troubling interaction with her depressed mother coexisted with the affection she held for her happy-go-lucky father. With little guidance from either parent, […]