Rabbi Ben Kramer

Rabbi Kramer attended The Jewish Theological Seminary of America where he received Rabbinic Ordination from The Rabbinical School, a Master of Arts in Talmud from The Graduate School, and a Master of Arts in Education from The William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education. While at JTS, Rabbi Kramer was awarded the Isaac H. Wolfson Memorial Award for Excellence in Scholarship, the Rabbi Max Gelb Memorial Prize in Talmud, and the Professor Louis Ginzberg Prize in Talmud.

Rabbi Kramer is the former editor of the scholarly journal Conservative Judaism and a published author, currently working on a collection of essays in Jewish thanatology. He is also an artisan blacksmith, working under the moniker RabbiBlacksmith.

Rabbi Kramer is married to Lori and they have two children, Zalman and Laya. Lori is currently the Director of Education at Moriah Congregation.

Rabbi Emeritus Sam Fraint z’l

Sam Fraint was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., to first-generation American Jews whose roots were in Russia. He was educated in public schools through college graduation. Growing up in a secular family, Sam had very little formal Jewish education until he entered the Rabbinical School of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He did possess a decent repertoire of synagogue skills and Jewish experiences before he started Reb School. These were courtesy of Camp Ramah, USY, trips to Israel, and a life-long habit of shul-going.

Sam met Deena Segal at Ramah and they were married in 1975. They began their family in New Jersey and moved to Chicago in 1983 for what they intended to be a three-year break from the east coast.

Rabbi Fraint devoted most of his years in the rabbinate to Moriah Congregation. He was very proud of the degree and direction of Moriah’s development over the last thirty years, and he hoped for the continued strength and an unwavering sense of uniqueness of Moriah under the leadership of Rabbi Ben Kramer.