Rabbi Tom Gutherz is a native of Cleveland, OH and grew up in Rochester, NY. He was a member of Kibbutz Gezer in Israel from 1984-1989, where he worked in preschool and primary school education and as a dairy farmer. He was ordained in 1993 by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and has since served as rabbi of Agudath Sholom Congregation in Lynchburg, VA, where he also taught as an adjunct professor in the Department of Religion at Lynchburg College. Since 2005, he has served Congregation Beth Israel in Charlottesville, VA, first as rabbi educator and now as its senior rabbi. He is engaged in interfaith and social action work through IMPACT and the Charlottesville Clergy Collective. Rabbi Gutherz was married to the late Carmi Weiner for 35 years, and they have three children: Ilan, David, and Tamar.