Rabbi, Priest, and Minister to Discuss "Frank vs. God" on Closing Night

Sunday, March 19, 5:30 p.m., Congregation Beth Israel

Local clergy will discuss the film "Frank vs. God" following screening on March 19, at Congregation Beth Israel, Carmel. After their comments, the audience will have a chance to ask questions of Rabbi Bruce Greenbaum (Congregation Beth Israel), Father Robert W. Fisher (St. Dunstan’s Church, Carmel Valley), and Reverend Mark Peake (First Presbyterian Church, Monterey). A cocktail dinner at 5:30 p.m. precedes the film, which begins at 7 p.m.

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Rabbi Bruce Greenbaum

Rabbi Bruce Greenbaum was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1987. After serving as an assistant and associate Rabbi in Denver Colorado for 7 years he accepted the role as Rabbi for Congregation Beth Israel, located in Carmel California in 1994. For the last 21 years Rabbi Greenbaum has helped CBI grow both in numbers and activities while also volunteering in the CHOMP chaplaincy program and serving as a chaplain for the Monterey County Sheriff Department. Rabbi Greenbaum also remains active in Carmel Valley Rotary (a past president), the local Abrahamic Alliance International group, the Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis (a past president) and AIPAC. Rabbi Greenbaum married Susan Greenbaum in 1985 and they have three adult daughters, Liotte, Shira and Tani.

 

In his spare time he loves to play tennis, read, fish, and travel. He regularly has led groups to Israel and is currently planning another community trip to the Holy Land in April 2018.

Reverend Mark Peake

Rev. Mark Peake was born in Burlington, North Carolina but grew up in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country. Mark attended Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania where he earned a B.A. in History. From there Mark traveled to Boston’s historic north shore where he earned the Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Mark describes himself as a Christ follower and as passionate both for issues of personal living and social justice firmly rooted in a Biblical ethic. Mark served churches in Michigan and New Jersey until he was called to Monterey in the Summer of 2010.

Mark and Kimberley (a native of Santa Cruz) have been married since 1997 and have two school aged boys.

Reverend Rob Fisher

The Rev. Rob Fisher has been the senior pastor of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Carmel Valley since 2010. Originally, from Southern California, he has a B.A. from Yale University in Japanese and a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School. During his time in seminary he took an extra year to serve full time as a hospital chaplain in Brooklyn, New York. The best thing about that year was meeting his wife, Sarah Wood, a financial journalist at the time who is from Upstate New York. After graduating from seminary in 2005 they moved to California to serve churches in L.A. and Santa Barbara before landing in Carmel Valley. They now have a 10-year-old daughter named Zoe. Five years ago, Sarah started a food magazine called Edible Monterey Bay, which tells the story of local and organic food production here in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties.

 

St. Dunstan’s is a church with a long history of service, notably to farmworkers through Nancy’s Project, as well as with their 30+ year partnership with St. Andre’s School in Hinche, Haiti, a school that served 1,250 students. In recent years, St. Dunstan’s has built a noteworthy tracker-action pipe organ by Dobson Organ Builders, Ltd., and has likewise updated its worship space extensively.

 

For fun, Fr. Rob loves to surf, play guitar, hike, and of course help his wife with food research (especially tasting!) as often as possible.

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