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Rabbi Gayle Pomerantz

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In June of 2018 Rabbi Gayle Pomerantz became the third Senior Rabbi in Temple Beth Sholom’s history. She has served the congregation with passion and integrity since 1994 and was the first woman rabbi at Temple Beth Sholom. She has touched the lives of Temple Beth Sholom’s congregation, from the tiniest tots to our seniors, in many rich and significant ways. Her rabbinate is committed to nourishing Jewish souls through learning, acts of tikkun olam and innovative spiritual engagement. Her guidance has opened paths for sacred living by integrating women’s spirituality and leadership, initiating social justice projects, and creating an original and transformative High Holy Day experience with Cantor Lisa Segal. She has brought enthusiasm, joy, compassion and creativity to Temple Beth Sholom and serves with a full heart.

In 2006, Rabbi Pomerantz launched “The Open Tent,” a Jewish engagement initiative to make Judaism accessible to Jews outside of the synagogue. Now part of Temple Beth Sholom, thousands of Jewish lives have been touched by Shalom Baby Jewish childbirth classes, and The Tribe, a young adults group.  She launched Temple Beth Sholom’s Mitzvah Day over 23 years ago and has led over 100 adults to become b’nei mitzvah.

Rabbi Pomerantz was the first female president of the Rabbinic Association of Greater Miami in 1998. She has been recognized by the Jewish Museum of Florida with their “Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award,” by the City of Miami Beach as “A Woman to Know,” and as a “Woman of Valor” by the National Council of Jewish Women. She currently serves on the Union for Reform Judaism’s (URJ) National Commission on Social Action and the clergy advisory board of URJ’s Camp Coleman.  Rabbi Pomerantz is also a graduate of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s rabbinic learning program and participated in AIPAC’s mission for progressive rabbis.

Prior to coming to Temple Beth Sholom, she served as assistant rabbi of Temple Emanu-El of San Francisco and as rabbinic intern at Central Synagogue in New York City.  She graduated from Brandeis University Magna Cum Laude with High Honors.  Rabbi Pomerantz was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1989. In May 2014, Rabbi Pomerantz received a Doctor of Divinity degree, marking twenty-five years in the rabbinate. She is married to Adam Snitzer, and they have three children: Hannah, Danielle and Noah.

When she is not teaching, preaching, counseling or organizing, you might find her riding her bike on North Bay Road, walking her dog, Scout, or catching up with friends and family.

Check out Hope is My Middle Name blog from Rabbi Pomerantz.

Rabbi Gary A. Glickstein, Emeritus
 

Rabbi Gary A. Glickstein was the spiritual leader of Temple Beth Sholom between1985-2018. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1971. He continued his education at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio, and received his rabbinical ordination in 1974.

Rabbi Glickstein served as Assistant Rabbi of Congregation Bene Israel/Rockdale in Cincinnati, Ohio from 1974-1977 and then became Rabbi of Temple Sinai in Worcester, Massachusetts from 1977-1985.

In 1985, Rabbi Glickstein came to Temple Beth Sholom in Miami Beach as a vibrant, young scholar to serve as Senior Rabbi.  His vitality and youthful approach have attracted many new members over the years as he has encouraged a greater involvement of the congregation in synagogue and Jewish life.

Rabbi Glickstein has distinguished himself as one of the leaders of the Miami community.  He is the founding Executive Director of the Woldenberg Center for Jewish Life and serves on the advisory boards of the Lehrman Community Day School and the Greater Miami Coalition for a Drug Free Community.  He is a board member and finance committee member of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. He serves as a board member for the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies, is a board member and advisory board member for the Golden Care Foundation and is Past President of the Greater Miami Chapter Board of American Friends of the Hebrew University.  Rabbi Glickstein is also Past President of the Rabbinical Association of Greater Miami.

Nationally, Rabbi Glickstein has distinguished himself as Past Chairman, Executive Committee of the UJA National Rabbinic Cabinet, Past Chairman and President of the National Rabbinic Cabinet of Israel Bonds and the Treasurer of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. He is also a board member of the American Friends of ALYN Hospital.

Rabbi Glickstein’s commitment to the cross-cultural community in Miami is evidenced by his position as Past Chairman of the Religious Leaders Coalition and membership on the Executive Committee and Past Chair of the Education Committee for the Miami Coalition for a Drug Free Community.  He is also a Past Board Member for the Miami Human Rights Commission and the Past Chairman of the Judaic Studies Advisory Committee to the president of Barry University.

Read a message from Rabbi Glickstein HERE.

Rabbi Robert A. Davis, D.Min. 

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Rabbi Davis has been immersed in the Jewish community his entire life including: attending Jewish summer camp; active involvement in youth group; and traveling and living in Israel. Before seeking rabbinic ordination, Rabbi Davis worked in retail management, fell in love with Natalie and got married. He was Camp Director at the Maurice B. Shwayder Camp of Congregation Emanuel of Denver, and earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management and Camp Administration at Loretto Heights College in Denver, Colorado.

Inspired by his many years in Jewish camping, Rabbi Davis began his rabbinic studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1987. As a student, he served congregations in Sacramento, California, Merced, California and Everett, Washington. In 1990, he earned his Master of Arts Degree in Hebrew Letters and received his rabbinic ordination in 1992. The title of his rabbinic thesis is “Addiction and the Torah.”

Following his ordination, Rabbi Davis returned to Denver to serve Congregation Emanuel as their Rabbi and Director of Camping and Youth programs. After completing his twenty-fifth summer at camp, Rabbi Davis decided to change the focus of his rabbinate and came to Temple Beth Sholom in January 1995. He is involved in all aspects of synagogue life and the Jewish community. Rabbi Davis deeply loves his Temple community. He has created and implemented a myriad of programs; multitasked as both Rabbi and Executive Director; and continues to help congregants in their personal growth and spiritual journeys. Rabbi Davis completed his Doctoral Studies at the Florida Center for Theological Studies. His dissertation, “Beyond the Erroneous Assumption,” explores the nature of the soul from a Jewish perspective and the role of the rabbi in healing the soul.

Rabbi Davis has served as the Vice President of the Rocky Mountain Rabbinic Association, as President of the Rabbinical Association of Greater Miami, and is a founding board member of Kavod, an international tzedakah collective. Rabbi Davis’ eclectic interests include: jewelry design, architecture, carpentry, stonework, graphic arts, basketball and hiking. He loves to spend time with his wife, Natalie and their two wonderful children, Joshua and Naomi.

Rabbi Amy L. Morrison

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Rabbi Amy Morrison’s depth of experience extends well beyond her years. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Michigan in 2000, a Master’s Degree in Hebrew Letters in 2006, as well as rabbinic ordination in 2008 from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Possessing a deep passion for serving all age groups in our multi-generational community, Rabbi Morrison proudly holds a certificate in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Emory University, as well as formal certification as a Prepare-Enrich facilitator for Pre-marital and Marriage counseling. Before coming to Miami, Rabbi Morrison served for two years as Rabbi at the San Francisco Jewish Home for the Aged, as well as multiple years as Dean of Jewish Life at the American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina.

In 2011, Rabbi Morrison joined the Temple Beth Sholom clergy team. She plays a large role in the life of our congregation with a particular focus on youth and teen informal education, summer Israel trips and camping, college outreach, GLBT programming and older adult enrichment. Rabbi Morrison gave birth to her son, Ezra, in May 2014. As a student in our infant and toddler program at the Foundation School, Ezra enjoys clapping, and playing with his many friends. Together with their cat “Rosh,” the Morrison family looks forward to making many more memories at Temple Beth Sholom.

Rabbi Ethan Bair

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Rabbi Ethan Bair grew up in Boston. A graduate of Oberlin College and a former Fulbright scholar in Berlin, he was ordained at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles in 2011. From 2013-2018, Rabbi Bair served as the Senior/Solo Rabbi of Temple Sinai in Reno, NV. While there, he succeeded in bringing young families into the community, revitalizing volunteer engagement, and building a culture of social activism. Prior to Temple Sinai, he worked in advocacy at the American Jewish World Service, a Jewish non-profit working to realize human rights in the developing world, and as Campus Rabbi at the University of Southern California Hillel.

Rabbi Bair identifies as part of a new generation of Jewish leaders for whom denominations are secondary to transformational Jewish experience. His commitment to interdenominational discourse has led him to participate in a number of multi-year fellowships including the Clergy Leadership Incubator for early career rabbis (2013-2015). He has also studied at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies (2011) and the Shalom-Hartman Institute in Jerusalem (2015 and 2017).

Rabbi Bair has decades of experience in singing and cantorial work that began with professional musical training at the American Boychoir School. He has been the High Holy Day chazan at Oberlin College (2000-2003) and at congregations in Ogden; Vancouver; Los Angeles; Sun Valley; and Reno. Passionate about revitalizing Reform Jewish prayer culture, he is committed to leading participatory and engaging services.

Rabbi Bair has served on the advisory board for a range of CCAR Reform publications including Mishkan HaNefesh for Youth, the Reform movement’s newest High Holy Day prayer book for youth and families; and Seven Days, Many Voices: Insights into the Biblical Story of Creation. He currently serves on the CCAR Task Force on the Experience of Women in the Rabbinate.

He enjoys running, hiking, singing, and welcoming Shabbat guests into his home with his wife, Nadya. She is a photo historian and Iyengar yoga teacher. They recently welcomed a daughter, Chaya Miriam, into their family.

Cantor Lisa Segal 

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Cantor Lisa Segal joined the Temple Beth Sholom clergy team in June of 2011. She oversees all musical and liturgical aspects of the synagogue and is also Director of the B’nei Mitzvah program.  Cantor Segal is a certified “PREPARE/ENRICH” Pre-marital Counselor and is qualified to officiate at life cycle events as a solo officiant or alongside her rabbinic colleagues.

Prior to coming to Temple Beth Sholom, Cantor Segal served at Temple Beth Am in Pinecrest for 24 years.

Cantor Segal is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology.  In 2007, she completed Cantorial Certification through Hebrew Union College and the American Conference of Cantors.  She is an active member of the American Conference of Cantors (ACC) and served on its national board. She is also a member of the Cantors Assembly (CA.)

Cantor Segal’s passion for her calling came from her youthful years as a URJ Camp Coleman song leader.  She remains actively connected to URJ Camp Coleman and is also a former board member of Hillel at the University of Florida.

Cantor Segal plays guitar and percussion.  She is a mezzo-soprano and a student of the renowned vocal coach, Manny Perez.  She is a member of “The Garage Band,” a classic oldies rock n’ roll band, and the “Rock On Shabbat Band,” a group of individuals from various Miami synagogues that leads services in the community.  She has performed and led services at conventions and gatherings throughout the country and has been involved in several recording projects with various Jewish musical artists.

Cantor Segal has been deeply rooted in the Miami community most of her life. She was born in Detroit, Michigan and lived in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Her husband, Jim Segal, is a Miami native and President of Electrical Supplies, Inc., a third generation family business.  They have two adult children, Danny (a comedy writer in LA) and Andrea (a preschool teacher).  All four are active alumni of the University of Florida and proud members of the “Gator Nation.”

Cantor Steven Haas, Emeritus

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Cantor Steven Haas began his tenure at Temple Beth Sholom in 1989. After serving as the Cantor at Temple Beth El V’Shalom in Charlotte, North Carolina, he returned to his roots in Miami Beach where he attended religious school from age 6, celebrated his Bar Mitzvah and sang in the children’s choir under the direction of Cantor David Conviser. During his international operatic career he performed the High Holy Days in Europe and Australia until his return to the United States.

Cantor Haas has musically led the congregation of Temple Beth Sholom by creating a variety of musical experiences which has enhanced the worship experience over the years. From traditional nusach to the accompaniment of live musicians and special themes, Cantor Haas has continually tried to balance the familiar with the new. The Sephardic Service, Contemporary Service, Shabbat Yeladim, Shabbanukah and Shiru Shabbat and many more have tried to push the boundaries of the worship experience.

Concerts too numerous to mention have also played an important part in the role that Cantor Haas has played over these many years. A Tribute to Richard Tucker, The Jews of Tin Pan Alley, The Soul of Sepharad, Croon Over Miami, Oy Vegas, Klezmer concerts and The Florida Philharmonic have graced the Bima. With over 20 specially written Purim shpiels to his credit and the chanting of the traditional Megillah; Purim has been a favorite for the Cantor and the congregation.

Creating, planning and leading congregational trips to Israel has been a passion for Cantor Haas. He has led over 28 such trips and has participated in the Greater Miami Jewish Federation Trips to Israel. He has also participated in community events whenever called upon to do so.

Cantor Steven Haas has been very active in the educational programs of Temple Beth Sholom from the Foundation School to Adult Education and has even served as Director of the Alternative Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program and the Interim B’nai Mitzvah Program.

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