Rabbi John Spitzer was ordained from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (Cincinnati,Ohio) in 1973. He served as Assistant and then Associate Rabbi of Congregation Shaare Emeth in St. Louis prior to arriving in Canton in 1981.
He served Temple Israel as Rabbi until his retirement from the pulpit in 2008. During his twenty-seven year tenure at Temple Israel he was active in communal affairs, issues of social justice, education and Zionism.
Rabbi Spitzer has been honored with two honorary doctorate degrees and has earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
He is blessed with his wife, Cheri. They have two sons and two grandchildren.