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Rabbi Beth Singer is the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Senior Rabbi at Congregation Emanu-El. Ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, she also earned her undergraduate degree from Pomona College. Before coming to Emanu-El in August 2013, Rabbi Singer served as Temple Beth Am's Co-Senior rabbi in Seattle for sixteen years. Prior to that she served for two years as associate rabbi of Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Seattle, and six years as assistant/associate rabbi in Scarsdale, New York. Her rabbinate has focused on worship transformation, pastoral care and social justice work, especially in the realm of homelessness and at-risk youth.
Rabbi Jonathan Singer is the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Senior Rabbi at Congregation Emanu-El. He grew up in Upland, California, attending Temple Beth Israel of Pomona. After focusing on government/political theory at Pomona College where he graduated in 1982, having been mentored by Rabbi Fred Krinsky, Rabbi Jonathan went on to study at Machon Pardeis in Jerusalem. He received smicha from the Hebrew Union College- JIR Cincinnati campus in 1989. His first pulpit was Temple Israel of New Rochelle working as an Assistant and then Associate Rabbi for six years. In 1995 he returned to the West Coast and spent eighteen years as Senior Rabbi at Temple Beth Am. With the growth of Beth Am, he and Rabbi Beth created a model rabbinic partnership; working together to build up a vibrant center of Jewish life in that city which they are so excited to continue here at Congregation Emanu-El.
Rabbi Jonathan is devoted to combining joy with the pursuit of intellectual and spiritual engagement in Reform Judaism. He is proud of the work he has done serving on boards from the Jewish Federation and as president of the Liberal board of Rabbis, while also pursuing social justice work including equal marriage rights, but is most proud of his children Rena, Jenny, and Robert. As senior rabbi of Emanu-El, where he feels honored to help carry the Torah of the Jews of San Francisco forward, he invites you to get involved, whether through prayer, study, tikun olam, or communal engagement. Please call upon him for help or support, or just to talk.
Rabbi Ryan Bauer has served Congregation Emanu-El since 2005. Rabbi Bauer oversees the community department which focuses on deepening congregant to congregant connections through new initiatives such as Emanu-El in the neighborhood. In addition, he oversees the conversion program. Rabbi Bauer serves on the board of AIPAC, the Rabbinic Advisory Councils of Shalom Bayit, and the Northern California Rabbis Task Force for Civil Discourse. In addition, Rabbi Bauer is a regular faculty member at URJ Camp Newman. Rabbi Bauer was ordained by the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles in 2007. In his final year of rabbinical school, Rabbi Bauer's academic research focused on exploring Hasidic views of how one cleaves to the divine. Prior to rabbinical school, Rabbi Bauer completed his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied Psychology with an emphasis in Political Economies of Industrialized Societies. As part of his undergraduate studies, Rabbi Bauer studied at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem where he assisted with a Fulbright research project that examined violence in Jewish and Palestinian schools. Rabbi Bauer has also served as a chaplain intern at UCLA Medical Center, has worked as the Co-Director of Teen programs at the Center for Jewish Living and Learning in Oakland, and has written for the Jewish Iranian newspaper in Los Angeles.
Rabbi Carla Fenves has served Congregation Emanu-El since 2011. She joined the clergy of Congregation Emanu-El after receiving ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. During rabbinical school, she served congregations as a student rabbi in Castro Valley, California; Wayland, Massachusetts; and High Point, North Carolina. An alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, Rabbi Fenves also interned at Central Synagogue, DOROT, and the Union for Reform Judaism in New York.
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Rabbi Fenves graduated with honors from Stanford University with a degree in Religious Studies. She lives with her husband, Cantor David Frommer, their son Aaron and twin daughters, Eliana and Talia.
Rabbi Sydney Mintz was ordained in 1997 by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion where she progressed through the Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York campuses. Rabbi Mintz has served on the Reform Movement’s Commission on Social Action, the Board of the Brandeis Hillel Day School, the Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis, the Rabbinic Advisory Councils of Shalom Bayit and the San Francisco Jewish Domestic Violence Board and the Jewish Community High School of the Bay. She currently serves on the Executive Board of the Women’s Rabbinical Network and the National Board of Jewish Funds for Justice. In addition to lecturing widely in the area of Midrash and Jewish humor, she is currently on the Board of the Documentary Production, “A Gift for Laughter-Comedy and the Jews.” Rabbi Mintz became a Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem after completing her fellowship in 2004. She helped to found the award winning Late Shabbat Young Adult Program at Congregation Emanu-El where she has served as Rabbi since her ordination in 1997. Although Rabbi Mintz dreams that real Chicago pizza existed in San Francisco, she would never dream of giving up life in the vibrant Jewish community of the Bay Area. Rabbi Mintz led Team Emanu-El in the AIDS Lifecycle Ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles and is an avid open ocean swimmer.
Rabbi Jason Rodich joined the Emanu-El clergy team in July of 2015 from Minneapolis, MN where he served as assistant rabbi and director of lifelong learning at Shir Tikvah Congregation. Born and raised in Minneapolis, Rabbi Rodich received his rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles and his undergraduate degree in Cultural Studies from The New School for Social Research in New York City. As a rabbinical student, Rabbi Rodich served as a URJ Just Congregations community organizing & social justice intern at Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles and served as student rabbi of Congregation B’nai David in Visalia, CA. Prior to rabbinical school Rabbi Rodich worked as a case manager, outreach worker and advocate for homeless and at-risk youth, and later for the Minneapolis Jewish Federation. Rabbi Rodich is particularly interested in issues of social justice, Jewish thought, Israel engagement and youth development. A recipient of a Wexner Graduate Fellowship for his rabbinical studies, Rabbi Rodich was also awarded the Rubin Memorial Prize for Scholarly Writing and the Samson H. Levey Prize for Outstanding Student in Rabbinic Literature. Rabbi Rodich is married to his husband, Fran Benjamin.
Cantor Roslyn Barak has served Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco since 1987, one year after her graduation and investiture from Hebrew Union College in New York City. She received her musical training at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, and was the recipient of several prestigious vocal awards and honors. Before entering the cantorate, she was a concert recitalist and opera singer, appearing with the Santa Fe Opera, the Israel National Opera, the Jerusalem Symphony and the Israel Philharmonic.
Aside from her numerous cantorial duties at Congregation Emanu-El and the Jewish Community of the Bay Area, Cantor Barak appears regularly in concerts around the country and in Europe and Israel. She has toured Germany eight times in recent years in conjunction with the worldwide release of her CD “The Jewish Soul”, and appeared onstage in concert at the Brecht Theatre in Berlin for the opening of the Berlin Jewish Film Festival in 2006. She is also sought after as lecturer and scholar-in-residence, and has served on the faculty of the Academy for Jewish Religion in Los Angeles. She has been appointed as guest lecturer and teacher at the new Cantorial institute of the Geiger College, a Progressive Jewish seminary in Berlin.
Cantor Barak is a board member of the Cantors Assembly and former board member of the American Conference of Cantors. In that capacity she served as chair for the 2008 national convention in San Francisco, and was responsible for the programming of the ACC’s groundbreaking concert dedicated to Catholic/Jewish dialogue in Rome, in November of 2010. She is active in interfaith work and helped compile the songbook for the United Religions Initiative, as well as encouraged the various faith communities in San Francisco to combine their annual interfaith Thanksgiving services into a single community event. Cantor Barak was also recently appointed to the Board of Shalom Bayit, an organization whose mission it is to help victims of domestic abuse.
Cantor Barak sat on the editorial committee for the Reform movement’s new prayerbook, Mishkan Tefillah. She has published essays, articles and reviews in various Jewish publications including “American Rabbi” and the “Journal of Synagogue Music” and online for the Union of Reform Judaism’s “Ten Minutes of Torah”. Cantor Barak also holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology. Her son, Danny, is an attorney, as is her partner, David Olick.
Cantor Marsha Attie has been blessed to serve Congregation Emanu-El since 1998. She comes from Southern California where she grew up in Hashomer Hatzair, a kibbutz youth movement that fostered in her a love of Israel, Jewish music, dance and community. Cantor Attie attended UCLA where she earned a BA and MFA in Modern Dance and Dance/Movement therapy, respectively. All the while she developed her musical skills songleading at Jewish camps and Hebrew schools and working as a Cantorial soloist at various Los Angeles synagogues. She moved to the Bay Area in 1998 and has continued to bring her passion for Jewish music, prayer and life to our community. She has been instrumental in the creation of many of our innovative services, including our Contemporary High Holy Day services, as well as our nationally recognized Young Adult service, the Late Shabbat. Cantor Attie received her Cantorial ordination in 2014 from AJRCA (Academy of Jewish Religion California).
Cantor Attie is a composer and recording artist whose CDs can be found on her website, http://marshaattie.com. Her compositions have been featured in a number of recordings and publications, including Craig Taubman, the Ruach Compilation 5767, the Jewish Feminist Songbook, and her work is published in the new Reform High Holy Day Machzor, Mishkan HaNefesh. Marsha is also a filmmaker and her music videos can be seen here:
Marsha lives in Corte Madera with her life partner, Doug Kaplan, and their son, Marco.
Cantor Arik Luck is deeply honored to join the dynamic clergy team of Congregation Emanu-El, and humbled by the opportunity to work at a synagogue with such a tremendous musical legacy. He arrives in San Francisco with his spouse Rachel and their three children by way of Evanston, IL, where for the past six years he served at Beth Emet The Free Synagogue. In addition to his full time work as cantor and clergy, Cantor Luck has appeared as a principle soloist in numerous concerts throughout the country, including Siamsa Na Ngael: If It Weren't For the Irish and the Jews at Chicago's famed Symphony Center with narrator Martin Sheen, The Bloch Sacred Service with the Music Institute of Chicago, Schoenberg's A Survivor From Warsaw with the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra, Standing Out/Fitting In: Jewish Stories/American Songs in Aspen, CO, and Abraham's Children: A Prayer for Peace, with Iraqi tenor Omer Turkmenoglu at Indiana University. Cantor Luck has served on the faculty for the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Summer Learning Institute, and also was a proud multi-year faculty member of Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI), the URJ summer camp in Oconomowoc, WI. Cantor Luck is a member of the American Conference of Cantors (ACC), was a founding member and former president of the Reform Cantors of Chicago (RCC), holds a Masters Degree of Sacred Music from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, and was ordained as a cantor by HUC-JIR DFSSM in 2009.
Rabbi Lawrence Kushner has served as the Emanu-El Scholar since 2002. He is the author of eighteen books including the just published I’m God; You’re Not: Observations on Organized Religion & Other Disguises of the Ego; a novel, Kabbalah: A Love Story; and a screenplay, Your Good Friend (with Matthew Jacobs); Honey from the Rock; God Was in This Place and I, i Did Not Know; Invisible Lines of Connection; and Five Cities of Refuge (with David Mamet). He has been a commentator on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.
He was the first chairman of Reform Judaism’s Commission on Religious Living and has served on the board of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations.Prior to his move out to San Francisco, he was the Rabbi-in-Residence at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. He continues as an adjunct member of the faculty of the Hebrew Union College at the Los Angeles campus where he teaches an annual seminar for rabbinic students.
Before that, Rabbi Kushner served for twenty-eight years as the rabbi of Congregation Beth El in Sudbury, Massachusetts. There, he originated the concept of synagogue havurot (small fellowship groups) and helped his congregants write V’tahaer Libenu (Purify our Hearts), the first gender-neutral liturgy ever published.
He is also a serious impressionist artist specializing in urban landscapes. His paintings are in several local galleries; he's had a one-man show at the Isaacs Gallery of the Osher-Marin JCC.
Stephen S. Pearce, DD, PhD, served Congregation Emanu-El as the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Senior Rabbi from 1993 to 2013. Ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, he earned his doctorate in counselor psychology at St. John’s University. He is a board member of Palo Alto University and an advisory board member of the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture. Previously, he served on the board of the Graduate Theological Union and is a past president of the Northern California Board of Rabbis.
Dr. Pearce is the former editor of the Journal of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and author of Flash of Insight: Metaphor and Narrative in Therapy, and coauthor of Building Wisdom’s House: A Book of Values for our Time, in addition to numerous articles and poems.
In 2012, Rabbi Pearce was awarded The San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association’s Silver Spur Award for interfaith community dialogue and engagement; the national Jefferson Award for inspiring worshippers to fight hunger; The San Francisco Food Bank Community Partner Award for inspiring members of Congregation Emanu-El to donate over 90,000 pounds of food in the last two decades; and the San Francisco Interfaith Council recognition for encouraging green sustainability at the Temple. Dr. Pearce has been recognized three successive times by Newsweek as one of the 50 Most Influential Rabbis in the United States. Rabbi Pearce in conjunction with clergy and staff has created a collaborative team approach to worship, life-long education, social concerns, and cultural offerings. He currently serves Congregation Emanu-El as Senior Rabbi Emeritus.