Rabbi George Gittleman has been the spiritual leader of Congregation Shomrei Torah in Santa Rosa since 1996. George and his wife, Laura, a hospital administrator and artist, are blessed with 25-year-old twins, Sophia and Levi. A native of Kentucky, Rabbi George earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in American History from the University of Vermont in 1984. He embarked on his rabbinical journey after 8 years in computer sales, obtaining a Master's in Hebrew Letters and Ordination from the Reform Seminary, Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in 1996. Rabbi George is also a Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and a graduate of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality Rabbinic Leadership Program and Jewish Mindfulness Teachers Certificate Program. An avid outdoorsman, Rabbi George loves to hike the hills and comb the beaches of Sonoma County, Animal Tracking, Birding, Backpacking, and Flyfishing.