Rabbi Andrew Pepperstone's rabbinate is devoted to meeting people where they are, collaborating as partners, balancing tradition and innovation, cultivating a multiplicity of pathways into Jewish learning and living, centering on our relationships with each other, Torah and Hashem.
Rabbi Pepperstone received rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2002, where he also studied Jewish Education at the Davidson School of Jewish Education. Following his ordination, he served as rabbi in various capacities in Louisville, KY, including director of their local USY chapter, director of the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School, and Assistant Rabbi for Youth and Education at Keneseth Israel Congregation. From 2008 to 2011, Rabbi Pepperstone served as the first Rabbi-in-Residence at the Gross Schechter Day School in Cleveland, OH. From 2011 to 2020, Rabbi Pepperstone served as the rabbi of Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas in Syracuse, New York, where in addition to serving his congregation, he also was involved in Syracuse's interfaith community, both in the areas of dialogue and education, as well as social action and justice. He holds a BA in Linguistics with a Minor in Hebrew Language from the University of California in San Diego.
During the past decade, Rabbi Pepperstone has made professional development a cornerstone of his growth as a rabbi, including non-profit management, davening leadership, and pastoral care.
Rabbi Pepperstone is married to Cantor Paula Pepperstone, who served Keneseth Israel as their first female cantor between 2002 to 2008. They had three children when arriving in Wichita in 2020: Hadar, beginning her third year at SUNY Plattsburgh, Aviyah, a high school junior, and Matan, a recent graduate from the Syracuse Hebrew Day School, starting 7th grade.
In addition, Rabbi Pepperstone is an avid cook and bread baker; he has already begun to make a local sourdough starter. A board game enthusiast, he aspires to develop a series of role playing games based on the Jewish lifecycle and festival calendar. Rabbi Pepperstone is a Hebrew grammar guru, stand-up comedy aficionado, Star Wars expert, and pop culture trivia master.
The Pepperstones were excited to arrive in Wichita in summer 2020 to enjoy getting to know the Jewish community of Wichita and the greater community of Wichita and Kansas.
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