Rabbi Eve Posen to Join Neveh Shalom in August
Rabbi Eve Posen will join Congregation Neveh Shalom as youth director and rabbinic educator in August. Rabbi Posen was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit. She attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she received a B.A. in Judaic Studies. She was ordained by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University and also received her master’s degree in Experiential Education from the Fingerhut School of Education at the AJU.
Rabbi Posen worked for five years with Los Angeles Hebrew High School developing curricula and coordinating retreats. She has given keynote presentations on experiential education and worked for many years in Jewish summer camps and supplementary schools. Rabbi Posen received the Schechter Residency in Educational Leadership fellowship in 2010. Most recently, as the campus rabbi of Ann and Nate Levine Academy, she taught and inspired students from 3 months through 8th grade. Rabbi Posen, her husband, Duncan Gilman, their daughter, Shiri, and dog, Stanley, are thrilled to be joining the Neveh Shalom community this August.
Rabbi Bradley Greenstein Takes Post with Moishe House Headquarters
Congregation Neveh Shalom bid farewell to its associate rabbi, Bradley Greenstein, who has accepted a position as rabbi and director of immersive learning with Moishe House at its new headquarters in San Diego. He will be working with Jewish young adults around the world, building a new educational vision and overseeing retreats. Rabbi Greenstein served as an associate rabbi at Congregation Neveh Shalom for more than eight years. During his tenure he was instrumental in working with the “Hinenu” group comprising 20- to 30-year-old young adults, leading Chesed for congregants in need of care, supervising the youth activities program and teaching students of all levels from Foundation School, where his daughters attended preschool, through Tichon High School seniors and adult education classes. His wife, Sarah, and three daughters, Adirah, Talia and Sami, who were born in Portland, are excited to be closer to their family in Southern California.
A Change in Leadership at Shaarie Torah
After seven wonderful years, Rabbi Arthur Zuckerman of Congregation Shaarie Torah has decided to pursue other activities. During Rabbi Zuckerman’s tenure as senior rabbi at Shaarie Torah, the congregation has made tremendous progress toward becoming more egalitarian and recently joined the Conservative movement.
“All of the congregants at Shaarie Torah will always remember his thoughtful sermons and incredible outreach to congregants and other individuals in the community in their time of need,” Shaarie Torah co-presidents Richard Cohen and Jordan Schnitzer said in a joint statement. “On behalf of all of the members of Congregation Shaarie Torah, we wish Rabbi Zuckerman and his lovely wife, Simi, all the joy that life offers in their future endeavors.” Effective July 1, Rabbi Joshua Rose, a Portland native, will be assuming the role of senior rabbi of Congregation Shaarie Torah. The congregation had previously announced (April OJL) Rabbi Rose would join Rabbi Zuckerman as an additional senior rabbi in July. shaarietorah.org | 503-226-6131
Rabbi Joshua Boettiger Joins Big Tent Judaism
Temple Emek Shalom Rabbi Joshua Boettiger of Ashland has become a member of the sixth North American Cohort of Big Tent Judaism Professional Affiliates of the Jewish Outreach Institute. He is an alumnus of Rabbis Without Borders, writes for Parabola magazine, teaches Mussar and Jewish meditation, and continues to work as a builder of ritual structures. He and his wife, Vanessa, live in Ashland with their daughter, Paloma. Rabbi Boettiger will learn to develop programs such as “Passover in the Matzah Aisle” and “Hands-on Hanukkah” in shopping malls foster relationships. The program is a training series and collaborative network for Jewish communal professionals who want to “expand the tent” of the organized Jewish community by reaching and serving less- engaged Jews, including unaffiliated intermarried families.
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Ben Sandler Accepted to Prestigious Program
Congregation Beth Israel Education Director Ben Sandler has been accepted to the prestigious Executive M.A. Program in Jewish Education at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. “This program is ideally suited for professionals like me looking to expand their professional learning, but who cannot enroll in HUC-JIR’s full-time programs due to employment and location,” says Ben, who is in his 10th year as CBI education director. “I will emerge from this innovative program with enhanced knowledge, honed pedagogical skills and strengthened leadership capacity that will enhance my role as a Jewish educator and positively transform Jewish education at our congregation,” says Ben.
Rita Philip to Receive Kipnis Award
Rita Philip will receive the Lion of Judah 2014 Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award at the biennial International Lion of Judah Conference. Since 2004, the award has honored extraordinary women who have set a high standard for philanthropy and volunteerism. Lion of Judah is a program of the Jewish Federation of North America Women’s Philanthropy Board. Over several decades Rita has chaired numerous events and campaigns for the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, including the women’s campaign, annual campaign, President’s Club, Lion of Judah, Super Sunday, allocations and gala. In 1994 Rita introduced the concept of Connections, and chaired that successful women’s event in its first and 10th years. Under Rita’s leadership, the Women’s Division campaign topped $1 million for the first time.
Rita and Gayle Romain were the first sisters to serve together on the United Jewish Communities National Women’s Board. Together they initiated the Lion’s endowment program in Portland. Locally, Rita also was active in the Russian Resettlement Program and has served on the boards of her congregation, National Council of Jewish Women, American Jewish Committee and Hillel at the University of Oregon. She and her husband, Bob, have two children and one grandchild.
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