Temple Beth Shalom

A Multigenerational Reform Synagogue and Religious School Serving the West Valley

12202 N. 101st Ave. Sun City AZ 85351 (map)

Phone: (623)977-3240


Meet Rabbi Shelley Wayne Moss, D.D. Ph.D.

Rabbi Sheldon Moss D.D., Ph.D. has been our Rabbi since 2005. A gifted speaker, author, teacher and community builder he is also President of the local Ministerial Association. He was ordained by the Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion in 1977, where he was also awarded a Doctorate in Divinity degree in 2003. His book on the synagogue Havurah movement, the decentralization of large synagogues into surrogate extended families, is used throughout the United States and Canada.

In 2005, Rabbi Moss earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from the Union Institute and University. His research showed that the use of humor for bonding in successful marriages is relationship skill that can be learned by couples seeking marital enhancement. His books (strategicbookpublishing.com) are: Love and Laughter Forever After (2008) When We Laugh (2010) and Do You Want To Drive, or Do You Want To Bitch? (2013).

For his proven talents at community organization he was selected by former Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachov to lead the Human Rights negotiations between East and West during Perestroika. He also organized the American and Soviet joint treaty for Ecological Security, which helped to liberalize the Soviet Union's emigration policies allowing Russian Jews to immigrate to Israel.

Rabbi Moss founded the San Diego North County Interfaith Council and Crisis Center in 1978 when he founded Temple Adat Shalom of Poway California. His interfaith efforts continued as board member of Benevilla-Interfaith Community Care of the Sun Cities. He helped form the Elizabeth Hospice and served as president of the San Diego Rabbinical Association from 1985-1987. In 1990 Rabbi Moss returned from Moscow and Washington D.C., to direct the Hillel Center at the University of California.

With the help of his wife, Barbara, Rabbi Moss also founded Sunburst in the mountains above Boulder, Colorado, the only rabbinic retreat center in North America. For more than nine years Sunburst operated as a Jewish think tank for Rabbis to come together to share their thoughts and ideas. During this same period Rabbi Moss also served Congregation Beth Israel in Greeley, Northern Colorado.

Rabbi Shelly Moss continues to bring his considerable experience to our Temple Family. He and his wife Barbara, serve us proudly as Rabbi and Rebbetzin.