Rabbi Richard S. Chapin was ordained at Hebrew Union College in 1976, and received his Doctorate of Hebrew Letters from that institution in 1990. He held a position as Assistant Dean at Hebrew Union College until 1979, at which time he became Associate Rabbi at one of the largest congregations in America, Congregation Emanu-El of New York. In July, 2000, he became Rabbi at Greenwich Reform Synagogue in Connecticut, where he served for eight years until being elected rabbi at Temple Israel in West Palm Beach, Florida. At Temple Israel, while continuing to be active in all aspects of congregational life, two of his major concerns were providing pastoral care to the area’s aging population and taking an active rabbinic role in the greater Palm Beach Interfaith community.
Rabbi Chapin relishes the role of teacher and working with B’nei Mitzvah and Confirmation students. He has great strengths in the teaching of Biblical Hebrew, American-Jewish literature and Introduction to Judaism courses. He has taught university courses on the Evolution of Jewish Literature In America, and is the author of The Biblical Personality (1999). He is married to Jeanne Bennett of New York. Her daughter, Daisy, is an 11th grader and lives with them. Rabbi Chapin has a 24 year old son who is a TV journalist in New York City.
Rabbi Chapin became Interim, part-time Rabbi at Congregation House of Israel in September, 2011.