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Rabbi Dena

After 39 years of service our beloved rabbi, Dena Feingold, will be retiring on June 30, 2024. We have been blessed with decades of her powerful, impactful spiritual leadership. As Rabbi Feingold prepares to retire, we reflect on her exceptional career, which has brought us to a position of strength within our community and throughout the region.


Rabbi Feingold became Wisconsin’s first female rabbi in 1982, and came to Beth Hillel Temple in 1985. In addition to being a treasured faith leader in our own congregation, she has been a prominent champion for racial and social justice throughout her career, with extensive interfaith outreach, education, and collaboration throughout the region. A native of Janesville, Wisconsin, Rabbi Feingold is married to attorney Brad Backer, and they have two adult children and 2 grandchildren.

Make a Contribution

To honor the activism, compassion, and dedication of Rabbi Feingold, we have established the Rabbi Dena Feingold Spiritual Legacy Fund. Learn more about the purpose of this fund, and how you can make a contribution in honor of Rabbi Feingold.



Rabbi Dena Feingold Retirement Gala Celebration

Saturday Evening,  June 22, 2024
UW Parkside - Kenosha, WI

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