Rene & Robert Bloch
Congregational leaders of Beth Shalom
Rene and his beloved wife Miriam have three children Rene Jr., Robert and Rosanne. Rene’s spiritual journey took a major paradigm shift in 1973 as he was drawn by the Ruach HaKodesh to a Messianic Jewish Congregation in Encino, California under the leadership of Dr. Hillel Goldberg. Today the congregation is called Ahavat Zion Synagogue. In 1981 while living in Bakersfield, California, Rene was called to make aliyah to Eretz Israel. Though he felt the Ruach leading him back to Israel, under divine providence, Rene and his family moved to Rockville, Maryland. The words of Isaiah 55 rung true: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not my ways.” Rene did not understand the implications of this at first. But, as time progressed, he saw the Lord’s hand as the Bloch family made Beth Messiah Congregation their home. Shortly after, the iconic music band “Israel’s Hope” was formed. Rene traveled all over the world with band members Paul Wilbur and Marc Chopinsky. They witnessed great signs, wonders and healings as they ministered with their Spirit-filled music and teachings from the Scriptures. In 1991 Rene returned to California where he was elected the Senior Rabbi of Beth Shalom. He continues to lead the congregation along with his son, Robert. They make a powerful father and son team.
Rabbi Robert’s journey parallels with his father’s calling as a leader. He has followed his father’s example a second generational leader – a rabbi within the Messianic Jewish movement. Robert has also achieved significant distinction in education. He holds a Master’s Degree in Jewish Studies from the Messianic Jewish Theological Institute. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Administration from California State University San Bernardino. Robert served as the Secretary of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations from 2010 to 2012. He is privileged to serve alongside his father, Rene. He has been married to his beautiful bride, Yesenia,for 23 years. They are blessed with three amazing children: Bethany, Ezra and Asher. Robert’s interests include romancing his bride, spending quality time with his children, mentoring young leaders, and serving his community.