Marc Boone Fitzerman, Rabbi
Marc Fitzerman was raised in Oak Park, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. Educated at the University of Michigan, he went on to a masters degree and ordination at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. After five years in Kansas City, he came to Congregation B'nai Emunah in 1985.
Rabbi Fitzerman places a high priority on lifelong Jewish learning, working closely with small groups on classic Jewish texts. The purpose of these sessions is to discern the values, arguments, and differences in perspective that animate Jewish experience. His goal as a teacher is not to prescribe or enlist, but to involve people in ongoing conversation.
Rabbi Fitzerman has worked carefully to broaden the worship program of the congregation so that men and women of different experience and religious sensitivities can find a place at the Synagogue. Newcomers will likely sense that B'nai Emunah is not a one-size-fits-all congregation. Experimental liturgy, instrumental music, and egalitarian language are all now as rooted in the congregation as more traditional forms.
Rabbi Fitzerman is the founding president and fundraiser for Hillel in the eastern part of the state, based on the campus of the University of Tulsa. He is also strongly committed to the young men and women of Teach for America in Tulsa. As part of his effort to broaden our commitment to the cause of the homeless mentally ill, he founded a pro-social small business called The Altamont Bakery which brings together Synagogue volunteers and intermittently homeless, mentally ill citizens of Tulsa
Rabbi Fitzerman is married to Alice Blue, a veteran of the Community Service Council of Tulsa. Alice is now working in a holistic pregnancy prevention program for the Children's Aid Society. The Fitzermans have two children: Micah who works as a screenwriter in Los Angeles, and Nina, the Associated Director of Literacy in a New York charter school system called Ascend Learning.