CHARLES BRISKIN, Rabbi
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The synagogue is traditionally known by three names: beit t’fillah - a house of worship, beit midrash - a house of study, and beit k’nesset - a house of gathering.
Shir Ami is a welcoming, inclusive synagogue that embodies these three names. As a house of worship, we pray together in diverse ways, celebrating Shabbat and holidays with meaningful, engaging services. As a house of study, we learn together, from preschool and Hebrew school through our seniors, with creative methods, engaging classes, and intriguing lectures. And as a house of gathering, Shir Ami is a place for Jewish families of all types to come together for everything from social action to theater trips, from youth group to yoga. At Shir Ami, we create Jewish community, strengthen Jewish identities, and strive to make the world a better place, and we have fun while we do it.
Most importantly, the bayit that is Shir Ami is not just a house, it is a home. As we pray together, learn together, and gather together, we love being together. Welcome home. Welcome to Shir Ami.
RACHEL KOHLBRENNER, Cantor[CONTACT CANTOR KOHLBRENNER VIA EMAIL]MARK ELSON, Cantor Emeritus[CONTACT CANTOR ELSON VIA EMAIL]
I am pleased and proud to offer this greeting to you on behalf of Shir Ami. We have many exciting and special programs to offer our members, ranging from an excellent religious education program for both children and adults, to choirs, youth activities and wonderful social gatherings. Most of all, Shir Ami is made of young-thinking, forward-looking, friendly and dedicated people.
ELLIOT M. STROM, Rabbi Emeritus
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I believe Shir Ami is a very special place. It is young, vibrant and full of enthusiasm. Here is a place where your children can discover the joys of Jewish learning and the delight of being a Jew. Here is a place for you to deepen and enrich your own knowledge and commitment as an adult Jew. Here is a place that you can tie your family together with the binds of Jewish Learning and love. Here is a synagogue that can deeply enrich your life and the lives of every member of your family.
I am delighted to be one of the spiritual leaders of such a dynamic, thriving congregation. I extend a personal invitation to anyone who wishes to discuss your part in our congregational family.
ERIC GOLDBERG, Rabbi, Director of Religious School
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In Hebrew, a school where Torah is studied is known as a Beit Midrash, which means a house of learning or explanation. A Beit Midrash seeks to educate its students about Torah, sacred Jewish texts, and the rituals and beliefs that have sustained Jewish people for centuries. With this in mind, our school strives to develop and challenge each student’s beliefs, to increase each student’s Judaic knowledge and to inspire each student to take what he/she learns and use it to guide his/her life.
Our school also seeks to be a warm and welcoming environment for families, where lifelong connections and friendships are built. I look forward to getting to know, and study with, each child and parent/guardian who passes through the doors of our religious school. You should feel free to say hello and engage in conversation at any time and on any day of the week. If I am not in the hallways, classrooms, or my office, you can always contact me via e-mail or phone.
PAULA GOLDBERG, Rabbi, Rabbinic Scholar
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I am pleased to welcome you to Shir Ami, a warm, caring and exciting community. I am very proud to be the Rabbinic Scholar at Shir Ami. Our ancient sages said that study is one of the most important things a Jew can do. From our excellent Early Learning Center, to our vibrant religious school, through our adult learning programs, Shir Ami offers you the best in Jewish study and experience. Coupled with a warm and caring social community and a spiritually uplifting ritual life, our congregation is a wonderful place to make friends while you celebrate and enrich your world. Feel free to stop by my office or contact me anytime by email with your special interests and suggestions for adult learning.
PHIL NORDLINGER, Director of Operations
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I am pleased to welcome you to the Shir Ami community. Since joining the congregation as Director of Operations in September of 2016 I have found this congregation to be filled with warmth and hospitality. The staff and leadership of the community work tirelessly to create an inviting environment for all members of our community and strive to be welcoming to all. Shir Ami believes that there should be no stumbling blocks towards membership and works with families of varied financial capabilities to make membership affordable to all. It is my pleasure to be able to work for a synagogue that is understanding of the challenges of living in today’s financial climate, and is accepting of all levels of observance and participation. Please feel free to reach out to me at anytime to discuss matters of membership, facilities usage and rentals, or general inquiries.
SHARI BECK-NAHMAN, Pre-School Director[CONTACT SHARI BECK-NAHMAN VIA EMAIL]
Welcome to our Shir Ami community and the Shir Ami Early Learning Center where “Good Beginnings Last a Lifetime.” Here, your child is our focus. We support the needs of your growing and developing child through comprehensive programming that is rich in secular and Judaic content. Our teachers are committed to honoring the uniqueness of each child and celebrating their individual potential. Our mission is to provide a fun, safe and nurturing environment that promotes the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of each child.
Please stop by the preschool office for a tour of our wonderful program. We are always available to answer any of your questions or to brag about our wonderful teachers and children!
FERNE LEVY, Youth Director[CONTACT FERNE LEVY VIA EMAIL]
Every day I remark how proud I am of the tremendous energy and leadership that springs from our SHAFTY youth groups here at Shir Ami. As one of the largest reform temple youth organizations in the region, our members have the creativity, devotion and passion for Judaism that allows them to embrace opportunities for life-long friendships and worthwhile community involvement. Along with my two fabulous assistants, Alison Kazatsky and Judith Silverman, we provide regular events and youth programming for kids ages 3rd through 12th grade. SHAFTY groups build confidence, sharpen social skills, create leadership roles, influence important values, and most of all, bring real fun to our kids so they keep coming back for more! Feel free to visit our interactive youth lounge or speak to one of us at the next event to see how your child can get involved in SHAFTY.
JODI FRIEDMAN, Membership Coordinator[CONTACT JODI FRIEDMAN VIA EMAIL]
It is a privilege to be a part of Shir Ami that has a lot to offer individuals and groups within this ever growing community. Shir Ami represents a place for everyone- whether you are looking for a place to study Torah and the history of our Jewish traditions, give back to the community through Tikkun Olam, or just looking for a caring social community- you can find it all here. I enjoy working with congregants through every step of the membership process which includes providing information about joining Shir Ami, connecting new members with others with similar interests, and helping to facilitate events. If you have any questions about membership, please feel free to email or call me.
JULIE HERSHGORDON, Executive Assistant[CONTACT JULIE HERSHGORDON VIA EMAIL]
I am honored to be a part of the Shir Ami family since 1986. I began my journey in the ELC while my daughters were enrolled in the two and three year old class. I have watched as your children grew into wonderful adults. Shir Ami promotes education and lifelong learning for all members. Since 2004, I have had the privilege of assisting the rest of the temple in the Main Synagogue Office. Through answering questions, directing congregants to clergy, staff, or lay volunteers, and seeing that information is dispersed to all members, I have experienced firsthand the warm and caring family here at Shir Ami. You can reach me in the office or by email, should you need anything.