Rabbi Matthew Durbin was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, and was an active member of his home congregation of Holy Blossom Temple. After completing an undergraduate degree (B.A. Honours) from York University in Toronto in Anthropology, he embarked on his journey towards the rabbinate preparing at the Leo Baeck College in London, England where he was awarded a Masters of Hebrew and Jewish Studies as well as rabbinic ordination in 2008. During his third year in rabbinical abroad in Jerusalem, he met his now wife, Rose, while she was training for the rabbinate in her first year at HUC-JIR in Israel. His rabbinic thesis The Development of Tikkun Olam and its implications on the Modern World, focused on examining the term Tikkun Olam in its historical and Early Rabbinic understanding toward our modern day interpretation of the term as it relates to social justice and action. They have two beautiful girls, Eliana (5) and Maya (3) who are a delight and keep them on their toes. Rabbi Durbin was the spiritual leader for Temple Beth El, a Reform congregation located in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate NY, for the past six years where he strengthened the community, formed a strong sense of Jewish identity within the congregation and inspired members of the community to become more involved. He brings with him great energy and excitement for Judaism and a strong commitment to learning and education, as well as a deep passion to interact and form relationships amongst the community. They are thrilled by making Temple Beit HaYam in Stuart FL their home.