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Director of Lifelong Learning

Rabbi Steven H. Rau joined The Temple staff as Director of Lifelong Learning in 2002. He oversees The Temple’s Breman Education Center, Project Connect (youth engagement department), Tamid: A Lifetime of Jewish Learning (adult education), and the Weinberg Early Learning Center. Rau and the educational team have revitalized The Temple’s educational and youth engagement programs, which is one of twenty supplemental educational programs in North America accredited by the Association for Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE).
Rabbi Steven Rau was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and received a Bachelor of Science in Speech Communications. During his undergraduate studies, Rabbi Rau attended Tel Aviv University in Israel. He received a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and was ordained in 1998. In 2003, Rau received the coveted title of Reform Jewish Educator from the ARJE. Additionally, he holds a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida.  Before moving to Atlanta, Rabbi Rau served for four years at Congregation Ahavath Chesed in Jacksonville, Florida.

Rabbi Rau is actively involved in the greater Jewish educational world, serving nationally as a member of the Board of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), and locally as a board member of Jewish Family and Career Services.  Rabbi Rau is co-author of Everyone is Welcome: Creating a Culture of Inclusion in Congregational Schools, published by URJ Press, and What's Mine is Yours: Jewish Learning for Adults of Diverse Abilities, published by the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning.  Rau was also a contributing writer and part of the editorial team of Mishkan Tefilah for Youth and Mishkan HaNefesh for Youth, both published by the CCAR.  In 2017, Rabbi Rau was honored by the ARJE as Distinguished Educator.

Rabbi Rau and his wife, Julie, have five grown children - Aviv, Ohad, Amit, Reid, and Matthew, and a cute Cockapoo named George.

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