Contact Rabbi Levy: email@example.com
Rabbi Levy has been Temple Beth Emeth's Rabbi since April 1, 1984. He was born in New York City to a family that had been Reform for four generations. Growing up, he was actively involved in the Reform youth movement; then he went to Israel for a year and worked on a kibbutz between high school and starting college. Rabbi Levy received a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Boston University where he was Magna Cum Laude and received the Richard E. Katz Memorial Scholarship. He received his Masters of Hebrew Letters in 1977 and rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1979. At that time, he was the Temple Emanuel City of New York Scholar. In 2004, he received his Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Hebrew Union College.
Rabbi Levy serves as chaplain at the Ann Arbor Veterans Administration Medical Center and is on the Human Subjects Subcommittee. During his sabbatical in 1995, he served as the non-sectarian chaplain assigned to HIV positive patients. Rabbi Levy has conducted research on the effects of spiritual counseling on cancer patients. He currently works closely with Ann Arbor’s Domestic Violence Project Safe House. He also regularly leads trips to Israel. In addition to his rabbinical duties, Rabbi Levy enjoys athletics, cooking, traveling and riding his bike.
Rabbi Levy recently took a sabbatical cycling through the Southern States serving small congregations that do not have Rabbis. The blog of his travels can be found at thejewishpedaler.blogspot.com.
Contact Cantor Hayut: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cantor Regina Lambert-Hayut is so excited to join the staff at Temple Beth Emeth in July 2014. A member of the graduation class of 2002 from the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music of the Hebrew Union College, Cantor Hayut served as a student as well an ordained cantor in several congregations in Bergen County, NJ including the Barnert Temple in Franklin Lakes and Temple Beth Or in Washington Township. Born and raised in Jericho, NY, Cantor Hayut was deeply involved with synagogue life from a young age, singing with her childhood temple’s junior and adult choirs and was featured regularly as a soloist during Friday evening services. Her interest in the cantorate peaked from her work as a soloist at Temple Sinai in Massapequa, NY as well as the encouragement she received from the cantors with whom she sang in the Cantors’ Ensemble of Long Island. Cantor Hayut graduated from Swarthmore College with a degree in biological chemistry but chose after graduation to return to her first love – music. She has been a serious music student since childhood, both as a cellist and then later as a student of vocal music. But her love of singing came early on in her life when, at the age of 7 she began singing Yiddish songs taught to her by her grandmothers. Cantor Hayut and her family, husband, Avishay, and sons, Yoav and Alon all look forward to discovering the joys of Ann Arbor and being a part of the Temple Beth Emeth family.
Contact Cantor Emerita Rose: email@example.com
Cantor Emerita Annie Rose came to Temple Beth Emeth in 1994. Under her direction, the music program at TBE has grown to include a volunteer adult choir, Kol Halev, and three youth choirs which perform in services and concerts throughout the year. Annie also directs the Youth Program, serving children in grades 4-12. As part of the National Federation of Temple Youth, Temple Beth Emeth's youth groups are among the most active in the region.
In 1999, Annie worked with temple members to create TBE's Caring Community Program, which offers congregants an opportunity to reach out to each other to provide support in times of need or joy, inspired and informed by the rich and diverse wellspring of philosophy, tradition, and ritual available in Reform Judaism. Cantor Emerita Rose retired in June 2014, after 20 years of dedicated servie to TBE.
Contact Terri: firstname.lastname@example.org
Terri Ginsburg became the Director of Education at Temple Beth Emeth in 1996. Terri holds a Master's Degree in Reading and Language Arts and a BA in Elementary Education from University of Pennsylvania.
Terri is working on a M.S. in Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. She has taught in Jewish, secular and special educational settings and has led teacher-training seminars in Ohio and Michigan
Temple Beth Emeth's Hebrew & Religious School has over 425 students from preschool to twelfth grade. There are 40 teenagers who work as madrichim (classroom assistants). Family & parent education are important components of the program.
Contact SooJi: email@example.com
SooJi Min joined TBE's senior staff in July 2011. She is an experienced nonprofit manager and most recently served as the executive director of the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH), a nonprofit policy and advocacy organization that focuses on adolescent sexual health and parenting. At ICAH, Min focused the agency's programming to develop leadership among youth from communities of color; advocate for community, institutional, societal, and policy changes impacting low-income and marginalized communities; and build a grassroots network of allied social justice organizations. She is on the board of the Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health and on the governing board of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum. Min is an alum of Selah Leadership Program's National Executive Cohort 9, a 2010 Chicago Community Trust Fellow, served on the Illinois Human Services Commission and was also awarded a 2010 Impact Award by the Chicago Foundation for Women.
Previously, SooJi was the executive director of Korean American Community Services, a comprehensive social service agency in Chicago. She served for six years on the board of the Asian Health Council Coalition of Illinois (AHCI) and chaired its annual fundraiser for four consecutive years. In 2008, AHCI presented Min with its Outstanding Community Health Advocate award. She is a 2007 Illinois Women's Institute for Leadership delegate and a 2006 Leadership Greater Chicago fellow. She is a graduate of Barnard College and holds master's degrees from Northwestern University and The University of Chicago.
Avital Ostfield joins the TBE staff if the summer of 2014 as the Director of Congregational Services. Raised in the Twin Cities, Avital attended the University of Oregon in Eugene, where she combined a major in Family and Human Services with a minor in Judaic Studies. For the two years prior to graduate school, Avital taught in the Detroit public schools as a Teach for America corps member. Avital completed the Jewish Communal Leadership Program and her masters in social work in the spring of 2014. She spent her time in the program with field placements at the National Council of Jewish Women/Greater Detroit Section as well as Jewish Family Service of Metro Detroit. She was also a teacher at TBE in both the religious and Hebrew schools.
Contact Dave: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave is the account manager and assistant for the executive director. Please contact Dave with questions and concerns regarding membership, financial questions and questions about your statements.
Contact Sarah: email@example.com
Sarah is the assistant for Rabbi Levy & Cantor Lambert-Hayut.
Contact Tressa: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tressa is the assistant for Terri Ginsburg, school director. Contact Tressa with any questions or concerns about religious or Hebrew school.
Contact Victoria: email@example.com
Victoria is the administrative assistant. She answers phones, creates weekly e-announcements, updates TBE website and completes various office tasks. Contact Victoria if you have any questions.