Temple Beth Emeth - 2309 Packard Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Main: 734/665-4744 Religious School: 734/665-5817 Fax: 734/665-9237
RABBI JOSH WHINSTON
The fact that one moment Rabbi Whinston can be crawling on the floor telling a story to children and the next he can be sitting with a group of adult learners studying texts is one of the things Rabbi Whinston loves most about being a rabbi. Rabbi Whinston is an accomplished song leader and is passionate about spiritual prayer, social justice issues, and supporting local community endeavors. In his free time, Rabbi Whinston enjoys scuba diving, international travel, cooking, and baking. Rabbi Whinston is married to Sarah Raful Whinston and the proud father of Mollie, Eva and Ori Whinston.
Rabbi Josh Whinston was ordained from the Los Angeles campus of the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in May 2009. He has served congregations in Connecticut, California, and Washington. In addition to his rabbinic ordination, Rabbi Whinston was awarded a Masters in Hebrew Letters and a Masters in Jewish Education during his six years at HUC-JIR. Most recently, Rabbi Whinston began a program of study to be awarded a Doctorate in Pastoral Ministry from HUC-JIR.
CANTOR REGINA S. LAMBERT-HAYUT
Cantor Regina Lambert-Hayut is so excited to join the staff at Temple Beth Emeth in July 2014. A member of the graduation class of 2002 from the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music of the Hebrew Union College, Cantor Hayut served as a student as well an ordained cantor in several congregations in Bergen County, NJ including the Barnert Temple in Franklin Lakes and Temple Beth Or in Washington Township. Born and raised in Jericho, NY, Cantor Hayut was deeply involved with synagogue life from a young age, singing with her childhood temple’s junior and adult choirs and was featured regularly as a soloist during Friday evening services. Her interest in the cantorate peaked from her work as a soloist at Temple Sinai in Massapequa, NY as well as the encouragement she received from the cantors with whom she sang in the Cantors’ Ensemble of Long Island. Cantor Hayut graduated from Swarthmore College with a degree in biological chemistry but chose after graduation to return to her first love – music. She has been a serious music student since childhood, both as a cellist and then later as a student of vocal music. But her love of singing came early on in her life when, at the age of 7 she began singing Yiddish songs taught to her by her grandmothers. Cantor Hayut and her family, husband, Avishay, and sons, Yoav and Alon all look forward to discovering the joys of Ann Arbor and being a part of the Temple Beth Emeth family.
RABBI DANIEL ALTER, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION
Rabbi Daniel K. Alter is so excited to join the TBE community. Growing up in a small Texas town, Rabbi Daniel formed his Jewish identity at an early age. Attending and later working at Greene Family Camp, a URJ camp in Texas, reinforced that connection and helped him to lead on the path toward the rabbinate. In May 2017, he was ordained from the Los Angeles campus of the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion. There, Rabbi Daniel chose to make Jewish Education a focal point of his studies. Over his six years at HUC, Rabbi Alter earned both a Masters in Jewish Education and a Masters in Hebrew Letters in addition to serving several LA congregations, the Religious Action Center, Greene Family Camp, Children's Medical Center in Dallas, TX, and, most recently, Beit T'Shuvah, a Jewish residential addiction recovery center in Los Angeles. In his spare time, Rabbi Daniel is a card-carrying geek, and his door is always open to debate the comic book integrity of the latest superhero movie or throw down his newest board game.
RABBI EMERITUS ROBERT D. LEVY
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 EMERITA ANN Z. ROSE
Cantor Emerita 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. Cantor Emerita Rose retired in June 2014, after 20 years of dedicated service to TBE.
SOOJI MIN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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.
AMIE BROCKMAN, ACCOUNT MANAGER
Amie was a contractor bookkeeper for us for four years and has now joined our staff part-time as our account manager.
VICTORIA GROSS, ACCOUNT ADMINISTRATOR
Victoria is the account administrator. She handles member accounts, including due payments and religious school tuition and fees. Contact Victoria if you have any questions.
NELLIE STANSBURY, COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
Nellie Stansbury joined the TBE staff as the Communications Coordinator in January, 2016. Contact Nellie with any questions about TBE programs and events.
SARAH DAVIDSON, RELIGIOUS & HEBREW SCHOOL COORDINATOR
Sarah is the coordinator for the religious and Hebrew school as well as the assistant for Terri Ginsburg, school director. Contact Sarah with any questions or concerns about religious or Hebrew school.
NIKKI FEINBERG, YOUTH DIRECTOR
Hi! My name is Nikki Feinberg. I am originally from San Antonio, Texas, but I went to school at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. There, I received my Bachelor's degree in Sociology, and my Master's degree in Communication. I just moved to Ann Arbor with my boyfriend, who will be studying to get his PhD in Chemistry at the University of Michigan. I am really excited to explore this beautiful city. In my free time, I enjoy working out and running. In addition to working at Temple Beth Emeth, I am also working at the JCC as the Assistant Camp/Youth Director. I grew up going to my JCC camp, URJ Greene Family Camp, being involved in NFTY, and being involved in SAFTY (San Antonio). I love working with youth and I am so excited for the opportunity to tie Judaism into that. I cannot wait to work with Temple Beth Emeth's youth!
CLARE KINBERG, LIBRARIAN
Clare Kinberg has been TBE's librarian since September 2012. She is a Master of Library and Information Science (Wayne State University). From 1989-2011, Clare was the Managing and General Editor of Bridges: A Jewish Feminist Journal.