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Rabbi chosen as festival prelate

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Scott M. Sperling is rabbi of Beth El Congregation on Fairmont Avenue in Winchester Rich Cooley/File

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Shenandoah Apple Blossom officials have named Rabbi Scott Sperling as this year's prelate at the Coronation of Queen Shenandoah LXXXV. The coronation will be held on May 4 at 1:30 p.m. at Handley High School.

Sperling is the rabbi of Beth El Congregation in Winchester, and most recently he served as interim executive director of the Association of Reform Zionists of America from 2001 to 2009. He also was director of the Union for Reform Judaism's Mid-Atlantic Council, and during the last two years in this position he was also a congregational consultant on communications technology.

Before moving to Washington, D.C., he was the associate rabbi for Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Seattle.

Sperling taught at the Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle for six years in both the Judaic studies department and as coordinator of the Computer and Multimedia Center. From 1990 to 1997 he served as a part-time rabbi for many of the smaller Jewish communities in Washington. In 1996 to 1997 Sperling's monthly column about Jewish life and culture on the Internet, CyberTribes, appeared in Jewish newspapers across the county.

Sperling has also served congregations in New York and Los Angeles, including seven years with the Synagogue for the Performing Arts. He received an AB degree from UCLA and was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York campus in 1976.

Sperling and his wife, Laura, live in Winchester. They have two children, Margit and Eli.

Tickets for the coronation as well as other festival events can be purchased at the festival souvenir store located at 15 Weems Lane, next to Buffalo Wild Wings. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

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