Rabbi Simon Stratford, a native Chicagoan by way of Michigan State University and the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, began his rabbinate at Congregation Kol Ami during the summer of 2017. During rabbinical school, Rabbi Stratford has served as student rabbi to a number of communities including Trenton, MI, Hattiesburg, MS, Norman, OK, and South Lake Tahoe, CA.
With a rich background in youth, teaching, informal education, and outdoor Judaism, Rabbi Stratford brings his passion for Jewish life and a desire to empower others to embrace their Jewish identity to the job. While in rabbinical school, he served as the rabbinic intern of the national office of recruitment and admissions, where he had the opportunity to create an inclusive community and meaningful relationships with high school and college students from across the country. Rabbi Stratford completed two units (600 hours) of Clinical Pastoral Education while in seminary. He believes strongly that serving in the capacity of pastoral counselor is a vital piece of his rabbinate.
Rabbi Stratford was drawn to Kol Ami for many reasons, including its welcoming atmosphere and strong communal identity. His goal is to promote wellness and spiritual growth for individuals, families, and the Reform Jewish community in Frederick.
Rabbi Stratford is married to Nicole Barrett, who he met at Jewish summer camp almost nine years ago. In 2015, he was lucky enough to reconnect with her and they married in May 2018 at her home congregation in Akron, OH.
Simon and Nicole are thrilled to be in Maryland and be part of the Kol Ami family in Frederick.
Contact Rabbi Stratford at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the office (240) 575-9690.
Eric Dubbin has been singing at Kol Ami since its inception and has also enjoyed teaching music at our Religious School. He grew up singing Jewish music for the youth choir of his home synagogue (Temple Beth Am in Miami, Florida) and at URJ Camp Coleman in Cleveland, Georgia. Eric has lived in Frederick County since the late ‘90s with his wife Susan and their children Kellianne, Ricky, and Justin. He works for the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine as an executive coach and has practiced veterinary medicine on animals large and small since 1988. His passions include his family and their animals, playing guitar, and being outside. Contact Eric at: email@example.com.