Rabbi Brian Serle assumed the role of spiritual leader of Congregation Sons of Abraham in June 2019, succeeding Rabbi Simcha Prombaum, who served the community for almost four decades. Rabbi Brian is a native of New Jersey, and studied at George Washington University and Kean University, earning a B.A. in Foreign Languages. He served as spiritual leader of Congregation Beth El of Sheboygan, Wisconsin from 2000 to 2005.
A lifelong learner and teacher, father of five and grandfather of seven, Rabbi Brian has led worship services, leined Torah and tutored b’nei mitzvah students, and taught religious school in New Jersey, Wisconsin and Minnesota. He especially loves teaching Torah and Hebrew. In Milwaukee, he served as the director of the Jewish Community’s Holocaust Resource Center, and sang in the Milwaukee Jewish Community Chorale. Ordained in 2020 by the Jewish Spiritual Leaders Institute, Rabbi Brian is an Adjunct Professor at Viterbo University and has lectured at the University of Wisconsin — as well as several Christian colleges in Minnesota and Wisconsin — on the subjects of the Holocaust, Israel and Judaism. He serves on the La Crosse Interfaith Leaders Coalition and teaches interfaith Bible classes. He enjoys kayaking, hiking, reading, domestic and international travel, long bicycle rides, swimming and playing guitar.
His spirituality is based on his love of leading others in joyful group prayer and song. Rabbi Brian’s favorite Bible quote is:
עִבְד֣וּ אֶת־יְהוָ֣ה בְּשִׂמְחָ֑ה בֹּ֥אוּ לְ֝פָנָ֗יו בִּרְנָנָֽה׃
Worship the LORD in gladness; come into His presence with joyous song! (Psalm 100)