Rabbi Michael Torop has been serving as the Rabbi of Temple Beth-El, a diverse Reform congregation of approximately 450 families in St. Petersburg, Florida since 2001. His rabbinate is focused on creating connected and engaged communities of learning where Jewish life is explored intellectually and celebrated with joy and a sense of partnership with God.
Rabbi Torop is the immediate Past-President of the Pinellas County Board of Rabbis and he also serves on the Executive Committee of FAST- Faith and Action for Strength Together, an interfaith coalition working on local social justice issues, and he is a member of the Board of the Florida Center for Survivors of Torture.
Rabbi Torop received his BA in Political Anthropology and Legal Studies from Brandeis University (1984), his Masters Degree in Education from Harvard University (1985), and his Masters Degree in Hebrew Letters (1989) and Rabbinic Ordination (1990) from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
He is married to Rabbi Betsy Torop, rabbi of Congregation Beth Shalom, in Brandon, Florida. They have three children: Gideon, Aaron and Hannah.