Rabbi Jay Sherwood
Jay Sherwood, is Rabbi of Temple Shalom. Rabbi Sherwood received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Jewish Studies from the University of California at Los Angeles and received his Rabbinic Ordination and Master of Rabbinic Studies degree from the Academy for Jewish Religion, California. Rabbi Sherwood is a candidate for a Master of Arts in Jewish Education from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, New York, New York.

Before coming to Temple Shalom, Rabbi Sherwood was the Rabbi at Congregation Emanu El in Redlands, California where he was responsible for all aspects of the religious, social, and educational life of the congregation as well as its' leadership and future growth. Previously, Rabbi Sherwood was the founding Rabbi and Educator of Adat Re'im, an independent, trans-denominational synagogue in Rancho Cucamonga, California, where he served for ten years.

Rabbi Sherwood's professional affiliations include membership in the Academy for Jewish Religion California Clergy and Alumni Association, Southern California Board of Rabbis, and the Sandra Caplan Community Beit Din which is endorsed by the Conservative, Reconstructionist, Reform and Trans-Denominational Rabbinic Associations.

Before entering the rabbinate, Rabbi Sherwood served as Director of Youth and Informal Educational Programming at Temple Beth Hillel in North Hollywood, California; Director of Education at Temple Beth Israel in Pomona, California; and Jewish Educator/Rabbinic Intern at Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services in Los Angeles, California. He has worked at numerous Jewish summer camps and travel programs throughout the United States and Israel. Rabbi Sherwood was also chosen to participate in the American Jewish World Service 2008 Rabbinic Students' Delegation to Ghana.

An accomplished composer and performer, Sherwood's music from CDs such as Sh'ma Koleinu and Wrapped Up In The Fringes, have been utilized at CAJE (Coalition for the Advancement in Jewish Education) and XM Radio's Radio Hanukkah. Rabbi Sherwood is also a 4th generation Ba'al T'ki'ah (Shofar Blower). He is a Life Member of the National Eagle Scout Association and a 3-time TV game show champion (Rock 'n Roll Jeopardy, Trivial Pursuit, and Don't Forget the Lyrics!).

Rabbi Sherwood, his wife, Lisa, and daughter, Ilana are building their new life in Colorado Springs since they’ve answered the invitation to serve Temple Shalom in July of 2017.