Rabbi Perry Raphael Rank (we call him "Rabbi" or "Rafi") was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he attended the University of Minnesota, earning a BA in Hebrew in 1976. He received an MA and Rabbinic ordination from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1981. Before coming to Midway Jewish Center, Syosset, NY (1999), he was the spiritual leader of two other congregations: Congregation Shomrei Emunah of Montclair, New Jersey (1981-1987) and Temple Beth Ahm of Springfield, New Jersey (1987-1999). During his eighteen years in New Jersey, he sat on the national board of MERCAZ--the Movement to Reaffirm Conservative Zionism and in October of 1994, he became President of the RANJ.
Rabbi Rank chaired the 1994 and 1995 international conventions of the Rabbinical Assembly and served as president of the international Rabbinical Assembly in 2004-06. He is coeditor of the newly revised Rabbi's Manual for the Rabbinical Assembly, Moreh Derekh, and has since published much Torah commentary on the Internet in the form of his MJCyberShul.
He is married to the former Ellen Simson of Springfield, NJ, also a Jewish educator, author, and educational consultant. Rabbi Rank and Ellen are very proud of their children--Rami & Lauren; Shuli; and Jonah & Raysh. Rabbi Rafi & Ellen Rank have three grandchildren: Nathan, Aiden and Ariana.