Rabbi Mark Cooper was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1985. Raised in Los Angeles, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from U.C.L.A. and a Bachelor of Literature degree from the University of Judaism in Los Angeles. Prior to coming to South Orange, Rabbi Cooper served Temple Israel of Natick, Massachusetts, where he worked closely with Rabbi Harold Kushner, and Temple Beth Ahm in Aberdeen, New Jersey. He is a certified Mohel, having learned this time honored and sacred ritual in Jerusalem. Rabbi Cooper and his wife, Amy, have five sons. Rabbi Cooper has been with Oheb Shalom Congregation since 1998.