December 19, 2014   27 Kislev 5775
Senior Rabbi  

 Rabbi Alan Freedman joined Temple Beth Shalom as our first full-time Rabbi in July, 2002, following his ordination at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. In addition, Rabbi Freedman holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and an undergraduate degree from The George Washington University. Before ordination, Rabbi Freedman was a student rabbi at Temple Shalom in Quincy, Illinois, and was the rabbinic intern for two years at Rockdale Temple in Cincinnati, Ohio. Read more...

Rabbi Educator  
Rabbi Amy B. Cohen joined Temple Beth Shalom as our Rabbi Educator in July, 2012, following her ordination at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. Raised in Sudbury, Mass., Cohen received a bachelor’s degree in social work with a double major in Jewish history and civilization and a master’s of social work at New York University. She also earned a master’s of religious education and master’s in Hebrew letters at HUC-JIR. Read More....
Cantorial Soloist  

Abby Gostein has served as the Cantorial Soloist at Temple Beth Shalom since January, 2004. She is a renowned published composer of Jewish liturgical music (Transcontinental Music Publications) whose compositions have been sung throughout the United States as well as internationally. Many of her pieces have been selected for presentation at Jewish liturgical music festivals and at Cantorial professional conferences, and she has produced a CD of her original compositions, entitled "Each Blessing.” Read More...

Office Administrator  

Verna Hazlewood joined the staff of Temple Beth Shalom in 2005. She returned to Texas from Weston, Florida, where she spent 6 years working for Congregation B’nai Aviv. Verna has a lovely family that includes 2 daughters, a son-in-law and 4 grandchildren who all live in Austin. She also considers all congregants of Temple Beth Shalom to be part of her extended family. Read More...  

Director Hebrew Studies  
Kelly Finkel joined the Temple Beth Shalom team in August of 2008. Prior to that, she worked at the Austin Jewish Academy for 10 years as a classroom teacher, Judaic program coordinator, and Assistant Director. In January 2007, Kelly took a break to from full-time teaching to pursue my Masters Degree in Jewish Studies, with an emphasis in Jewish Education. She has also worked for Congregation Agudas Achim since arriving in Austin in 1993 as a Religious School teacher and T'fillah leader. As Hebrew School Director, Kelly also acts as B'nai Mitzvah Coordinator and post-b'nai mitzvah studies coordinator. Read More... 
Board of Trustees  

President- Lynn Katz
VP Human Relations- Bob Batlan
VP Building Management- Dennis Gross
VP Marketing and Publicity- Seth Winick
VP Development/Community Relations- Michelle Mellon-Werch
Co-Treasurer- Scott Grossfeld
Co-Treasurer- Gay Thompson
Co-Financial Secretary-Eric Cohan
Co-Financial Secretary- Linda Millstone
Recording Secretary- Andrew Johnson
Corresponding Secretary- Elyse Rosenberg

1 Year Term
Shanti Duncan
Pam Prais
Gary Rubenstein

2 Year Term
Valerie Kaiser
Joe Strouse
Charles Wolchansky

3 Year Term
Eric Greisdorf
David E. Kaufman
Mimi Rosenthal

Immediate Past President- Patti Bridwell
Sisterhood Co-Presidents- Andra Gardner & Shelley Fleishman
Brotherhood President-Mark Fern
Youth Director-Heather Fienberg

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