Rabbi Rony Keller was born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He attended the University of South Florida where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1999, double majoring in psychology and religion. After college, Rony began his studies at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC), first in Jerusalem, and then in Los Angeles. He received a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters in 2003, and a Masters of Arts in Jewish Education in 2004. Rony received his rabbinic ordination in May 2006 from HUC in Los Angeles.
During his fourth year of rabbinic school, he served as the Harriet and Richard Gottlieb rabbinic intern at Congregation Beth Israel (CBI). As the rabbinic intern, he worked closely with the synagogue’s clergy and staff. During the year, Rony led services, delivered sermons, taught adult education classes, participated in life-cycle events, and also coordinated the sixth grade family education program. In 2005, Rony began working full-time at CBI as the director of education. As the director of education, he oversaw all components for the daily function of the Hebrew/Religious School (Grades K-8), as well as the curricula for CBI’s students who attend Hebrew High School.
After serving two years as the rabbi/educator at CBI, Rabi Keller is currently the Associate Rabbi.
Rony is married to Lisa, a Jewish educator with a Master of Arts in Jewish Education from the American Jewish University, and a Master of Arts in Human Development from the University of Maryland. Lisa is a Jewish educator at the Pardes Jewish Day School. They are the proud parents of Aviv and Leor.