Rabbi Linder

rabbi linder

Rabbi Eric Linder is a teacher, student and connector. Rabbi Linder became the rabbi at Congregation Children of Israel in July, 2012. Raised in Plantation FL, he developed a love for Judaism after his parents bribed him with $20 to go to a youth group conclave. He likens this to God’s call to Abraham of Lech L’cha, go forth.


While singing, playing, praying and making friends at the Jewish summer camp, URJ Camp Coleman (located just one hour north of Athens), he realized the power of Jewish community. He believes strongly that the Torah can be a vehicle for personal growth, as it calls each of us to venture courageously into the next steps of our lives. He brings his passions for music, movies and technology to the rabbinate, helping to make Judaism relevant and meaningful. Favorite topics include life after death, the theological problem of suffering (theodicy), the art (and science) of Torah interpretation, and whether or not things ‘happen for a reason.’

Please feel free to reach Rabbi Linder through our temple office at 706.850.1212 or via email at athenstemple@gmail.com.