|Matthew H. Simon is Rabbi Emeritus at B'nai Israel
|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
|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.