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Temple Beth Emeth

2309 Packard Street

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Main Phone: 734/665-4744

Religious School: 734/665-5817

Fax: 734/665-9237

  

Rabbi Robert D. Levy

Contact Rabbi Levy: reblevy@templebethemeth.org

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. 

 

Cantor Ann Z. Rose

Contact Cantor Rose: cantorannie@gmail.com

Cantor 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

 
Rabbi Lisa Delson

Contact Rabbi Delson: ldelson@templebethemeth.org

Rabbi Lisa Delson joined the senior staff at Temple Beth Emeth in July 2009 as Director of Congregational Services. She served as Sabbatical Rabbi from January 2011 until June 2011. Now as Assistant Rabbi she will continue to serve the needs of the community through teaching, working with AARTY and NFTY as well as other responsibilities associated with being one of the rabbis at TBE.

She received a B.A. in Sociology and Judaic Studies from the University of Cincinnati in 2004 and her Rabbinical Ordination, from Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2009. As part of her rabbinic training, she completed Clinical Pastoral Education, which makes her well suited to direct and oversee the Caring Community program. Rabbi Delson has the training and knowledge needed to work with the variety of affinity groups at TBE, and to attend to individuals experiencing life's joys and challenges in a sensitive and caring way.

In addition to being media savvy and an experienced teacher of Hebrew and Judaism, Lisa is a Taglit-Birthright Israel leader and has experience at the Union for Reform Judaism's Crane Lake Camp in Massachusetts. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, she grew up in the Reform Movement at Temple Israel. Throughout high school she was very involved in NFTY and traveled to Israel with the Alexander Muss High School in Israel program. Throughout Rabbinical school, Lisa served student pulpit congregations in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Muncie, Indiana and Newark, Ohio. During school she deepened her study and commitment to social action by serving as a member of the Commission on Social Action at the RAC in Washington DC. She also participated in the American Jewish World Service's Rabbinic Student Delegation to Ghana in 2008. Last summer she spent two weeks on faculty at Olin-Sang Ruby Union Institute.

 

Terri Ginsburg, Director of Education

Contact Terri: tginsburg@templebethemeth.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.

 

SooJi Min, Executive Director

Contact SooJi: sjmin@templebethemeth.org

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.

Megan KALMBACH, Membership and Financial Assistant

Contact Megan: mkalmbach@templebethemeth.org

Megan is the assistant for the executive director, and handles calls concerning membership and all financial questions. Contact Megan with any questions about your statements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Krell, School Assistant

Contact Sarah: skrell@templebethemeth.org

Sarah is the assistant for Terri Ginsburg, school director. Contact Sarah with any questions or concerns about religious or Hebrew school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Victoria Gross, Administrative Assistant

Contact Victoria: vgross@templebethemeth.org

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.