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Rabbi Matthew H. Simon
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Matthew H. Simon is Rabbi Emeritus at B'nai Israel Congregation.
He is a past president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and has been its Campaign Chairman and Treasurer. He was the founding Chairman of Jewish Vocational Services, a past president of the Hillel of Greater Washington, a past vice President of Capital Camps, and a life member of the Board of the Jewish Social Service Agency.
Rabbi Simon attended the University of Chicago and California State University in Northridge. He has a Masters Degrees in Political Science and in Hebrew Literature, and a Doctorate in Humane Letters.  He was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1958, which awarded him an Honorary doctor of Divinity Degree in 1986.
Following his ordination, he served as a U.S. Navy Chaplain, and retired from the Navy as a Captain after 28 years of service.
From 1960 to 1969, Rabbi Simon served congregations in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles.
He is a past Chairman of the Joint Retirement Board for Conservative Judaism.  He was the National Chairman of the Rabbinic Cabinet of the United Jewish Appeal and then of the United Jewish Communities.  He was Chairman of the Jewish Welfare Board - Jewish Chaplains Council (a service of Jewish Community Centers of North America), and was Vice-Chairman of the National Funding Council.
Rabbi Simon is a life member of the NAACP, and a member of many other religious and civic organizations. He is a past National President of ZBT Fraternity, and a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science honor society. He is a past President of the Washington Board of Rabbis, and helped found the United Synagogue of India.

Rabbi Simon is married to Sara, and they had three children:  Ethan, who is married to Sandy Katz, and has two children, Molley and Ezekiel;  Elizabeth (Betsy), who is married to Colonel Jefrey Cowan, USAF-Retired, and has two children, Margaret (Maggie) and Charles (Buddy); and Rabbi Joshua z''l, who was married to Miriam Bensimhon and had twin sons, Dylan and Marley.

 

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