Rabbi Alex Kress is Hillel at UCLA’s Reform Senior Educator in Los Angeles. Rabbi Kress is passionate about innovating Jewish practice and making Judaism fun and meaningful. If you're looking for a rabbi to explore Judaism with or a relatable officiant to perform a lifecycle event for your family, click here to send Rabbi Kress an email.
Rabbi Alex Kress is a born and raised Philadelphian. In 2012, he graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Arts in Jewish Studies and immediately flew to Israel to begin his studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Rabbi Kress was ordained in May of 2017 and began serving Temple Sinai of Roslyn in July. This summer he started as Hillel at UCLA’s Reform Senior Jewish Educator.
Rabbi Kress loves good coffee, shabbos ball, and reading an actual, physical newspaper. He and his wife Michal have two children, Aria & Caleb, and love hosting family and friends for home cooked Shabbat meals, good wine, and lots of laughter. Pro Tip: If you come for Shabbat, ask for Rabbi Kress' signature challah.
Journey to the rabbinate
Rabbi Kress' life was changed when his parents sent him to Camp Harlam in 2002. It was the first domino in a series that led him to the rabbinate. He became involved in NFTY PAR, traveled with NFTY in Israel and NFTY EIE, and then studied abroad at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. That semester in the spring of 2010 definitively set Rabbi Kress' course for the rabbinate. Fate would have it that he also met his wife there.
Alex's favorite holiday is Sukkot.
Alex has 94 days worth of music in his iTunes library - the remnants of his days as a DJ.
The hora at Alex & Michal's wedding lasted 45 minutes.
Alex and Michal have an adorable Maltipoo named Sadie.
Alex wrote an autobiography in 6th grade titled, Alexander the Great. It wasn't that great.