Rabbi Jordan Parr has led Temple Beth El since August, 2014. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Rabbi Parr has also served congregations in Dallas, Plano, Texas, Jackson, Tennessee and Augusta, Georgia. He was ordained at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati in 1985 and received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity in 2011. He is a published author and renowned lecturer, having presented at many major conferences over the years.
Rabbi Parr serves Temple Beth El for 12 Shabbat weekends each year, plus the High Holy Days. During these weekends, he leads Shabbat worship, conducts a Shabbat Morning Torah Study, teaches adult education and in the religious school, visits shut-ins and works with our youth and college students. In addition, he is always available for private counseling and life cycle events as needed.
When not in Midland/Odessa, Rabbi Parr works as a Family Service Counselor at Restland Funeral Home and Cemetery in Dallas, with a special portfolio serving the Jewish community. He also is an Adjunct Professor of Jewish and Israel Studies at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, teaching an evening undergraduate-level class each semester. As if that were not enough, Rabbi Parr is also an avid blogger, publishing the well-regarded weekly column, Lessons in Biblical Leadership.
Rabbi Parr is also a graduate of the University of Michigan and a rejuvenated Wolverine football fan. He is married to his lovely wife, Cynthia, and together they are the parents of two daughters, Rebecca and Sarah.