Rabbi Peter Kessler was born and raised in Chicago. He has been the Senior Rabbi at Temple Ohev Sholom since 2001. Rabbi Kessler has a B.S. degree in Business Management from the University of Illinois, and received his Master’s Degree and Ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1995 and 1996 respectively.
He is proud of his extensive work in interfaith and community outreach and his vision for a congregation that is open and welcoming to all types of Jewish families. He believes that our synagogue be a place for worship, learning, and a spiritual home for all of our members. Rabbi Kessler has an especially warm relationship with our community’s children and senior adults.
Rabbi Kessler is the president of the Rabbinical Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg, and serves on the board of The Hospice of Central Pennsylvania. He makes his home in Uptown Harrisburg with his partner, David Herman, a consulting engineer, and their daughter, Peri.