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"The World Rests on Three Pillars: Torah Study, Service Worship, and Acts of Love." Rabbi Tobin is a dynamic speaker, welcoming pastor and master teacher who demonstrates the great strengths of Conservative Judaism in his personal journey, and his thoughtful approach to communal and personal Jewish living. In his time as a rabbi, he has earned a reputation as a non-judgmental teacher and guide for your Jewish exploration, while leading his synagogues to experience a blend of credible tradition and joyous diversity. All are welcome, and all are equal at Bnai Shalom.

Rabbi Robert Tobin has passion for Jewish learning, community building and the State of Israel. He joined B'nai Shalom in July, 2011, after serving as the Senior Rabbi of Congregation Beth Shalom in Kansas City. Prior, he was the leader of The Conservative Synagogue in Westport, CT. and Associate Rabbi at Chizuk Amuno Congregation in Baltimore, Maryland. He was ordained by The Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1999. During those tenures, he served on numerous local and national boards of directors, including Jewish Vocational Services, the UJC rabbinic cabinet, and MERCAZ/USA, his regional UJA/Federation Executive Committee, and as President of the Board of Rabbis.

Rabbi Tobin holds 3 advanced degrees as well. He received his bachelor of science degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University's Edmond A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Despite his love of Georgetown Basketball, he earned his first Master's of Arts in Religion from Big East rival Syracuse University in 1992. He went on to a Master's of Hebrew Letters from the University of Judaism and, after living in Jerusalem for a year, he returned to NYC and was awarded a Master of Arts in Judaic Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Rabbi Tobin grew up in Rochester, New York, and has lived or studied in South Africa, Chile, France and Israel.

Rabbi Tobin and his wife, Lisa met at the Kane Street Synagogue in Brooklyn, NY, where they were married in 1998. Lisa also holds 3 Master's degrees (from NYU, U. Maryland, and Baltimore Hebrew University), has a certificate in Jewish Communal Service, and was a FEREP scholar. They have 4 children, who all attend Golda Och Academy. They share a love of New York City, Israel and Shabbat tables.