Our Clergy

Mark Biller, Rabbi
Rabbi Biller is our spiritual guide, advisor, Master Story Teller and interpreter.

Educated at The University of Toronto, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, & Jerusalem Torah College, Rabbi Biller brings skills honed at Lev Shomea Spiritual Direction and Memorial Sloan-Kettering pastoral internship. He is warm, realistic and uplifting in his teachings at Temple Gates of Prayer.

Our Rabbi specializes in meaningful liturgical interpretation, imaginative programming and breathing life into ritual and life-cycle moments. Rabbi Biller encourages us to think and grow as spiritual beings in a modern American setting.

To meet Rabbi Biller is to have a warm encounter, to be heard deeply and to find our Jewish way of life illuminated.

Rabbi Mark Biller was elected to the pulpit of Temple Gates of Prayer in 2017.
 
Moshe Bear, Hazzan
Hazzan Moshe Bear was elected in 2013.
 
Steven Barr, Ritual Director
Since 1974, Cantor Steven Barr has been working as Cantor, Ritual Director, and Educator in sixteen different Conservative and Reform congregations. He studied Literature, Music, and Education at The University of Maryland and at The Cantors' Institute of The Jewish Theological Seminary. His hobbies include martial arts, hiking, and playing musical instruments.
Cantor Steven Barr was appointed Ritual Director in 2015.
 
Albert Thaler, Rabbi Emeritus
Rabbi Thaler served Temple Gates of Prayer for 37 years, from 1980 to 2017.  He was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary where he received a Masters degree in Hebrew Literature and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa.
Rabbi Thaler was director of the Ramah Day Camp in Nyack for 27 years.  While director, he educated and inspired a generation of children, teens, and young adults.
He served Temple Gates of Prayer with singular devotion, energy and enthusiasm.  He engendered a strong sense of community within our congregation. He encouraged us to become a child-friendly, family-oriented congregation.  He taught us how to celebrate and enjoy Jewish life.  Throughout his career, he strongly advocated for Conservative Judaism.