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Service Schedule

April 21st April 27th

Mon & Tues Mornings - Pesach
9:15am
Wed & Thurs Mornings
7:00am
Wed & Thurs Evenings
6:00pm
Sunday Morning
8:00am
 
Friday April 25th
Candle Lighting
7:22pm
 
Saturday April 26th
Shabbat Services
9:15am
   
Upcoming Events
4/21 Passover  Office Closed
4/22 Passover  Office Closed
4/23 From the Rabbis' Study
4/24 Grief Group
4/26 Sisterhood Shabbat
5/3 Starbucks Shabbat
5/4 Torah Fund Luncheon
5/7 From the Rabbis' Study
5/9 Adopt-A-Shabbat
5/10 Celebration of Jewish Learning
5/11 Mini Minyan
5/17 Anniversary/Bday Shabbat

 

 


Professional Staff

 

Rabbi Ilan Glazer

Rabbi Ilan is excited and honored to be Rabbi of Beth Sholom Synagogue. Rabbi Ilan grew up in Conservative synagogues and schools, USY youth groups, and Camp Ramah. He has worked with many Jewish environmental and social justice organizations and has led Jewish trips in the U.S., Costa Rica, and Israel. Rabbi Ilan has brought his unique blend of Torah, humor, music, and insights from the storytelling, personal growth and public speaking disciplines to synagogues, schools, JCC’s, retreat centers, and army bases throughout the Jewish world. Prior to coming to Beth Sholom, Rabbi Ilan was the spiritual leader of Temple Beth El of North Bergen, NJ.

Rabbi Ilan was ordained in 2012 by ALEPH: The Alliance for Jewish Renewal. He has a B.A. in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the City College of New York. He also studied at Pardes and with Nava Tehila in Jerusalem. Rabbi Ilan was a Rabbis Without Borders fellow with CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. He completed trainings in the art of Sacred Hebrew Chant with Rabbi Shefa Gold, in ritual theatre with Storahtelling, and was ordained as a Maggid, a Jewish inspirational storyteller, by Maggid Yitzhak Buxbaum.

Rabbi Ilan is an avid cyclist and drummer and has played with a Who’s Who of the Jewish musical world. He is happily married to Rabbi Chana Leslie Glazer, with whom he enjoys traveling, film, music and spending time in nature.

Please feel free to contact Rabbi Ilan

Rabbi Chana Leslie GlazerRabbi Ilan Glazer and Rabbi Chana Leslie Glazer

Rabbi Chana Leslie Glazer is known for her warmth, approachability and energy, with a love of people, spirituality, prayer and song, ethics and Jewish texts of all kinds. She received her rabbinic ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) in 2013, a course of study that included spending a year studying in Israel at the Conservative Yeshiva. During rabbinical school she held a series of successful rabbinical internships in five synagogues, two senior living centers, as well as work with three religious schools and Hillel. Prior to coming to Beth Sholom, she served as the student rabbinic leader of Congregation Am Haskalah of Bethlehem, PA.

A passionate advocate for interfaith dialogue and social justice, Rabbi Chana Leslie was awarded the Rabbi Devora Bartnoff Memorial Prize for Spiritually Motivated Social Action by the faculty at RRC graduation. She spent a year at the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia running the Gateway to Religious Communities program. In 2012-2013, she conceived and launched Philadelphia Emerging Religious Leaders (PERL), which brings together seminary and religion students across a dozen institutions in Philadelphia for interfaith engagement, dialogue and activism.

Prior to becoming a rabbi, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Government at Cornell University and held a 15-year career as a journalist, editor and foreign correspondent, mostly working in Latin America & the Caribbean. She is delighted to join Beth Sholom with her husband and co-rabbi, Rabbi Ilan Glazer, and looks forward to many great adventures ahead!

Please feel free to contact Rabbi Chana Leslie

 

Barbara NewmanExecutive Director - Barbara Newman

Our Executive Director since 2007, Barbara Newman is a native Memphian and has been a member of Beth Sholom Synagogue since her return to Memphis in 1989. An active lay leader in the Memphis Jewish community, Barbara has served as the chair of the Day Camp Committee and as a member of the Early Childhood Committee of the Memphis Jewish Community Center and was on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Historical Society of Memphis and the Mid-South.  She has spent countless hours on behalf of our sister organization,Bornblum Solomon Schechter School, where she served on the board and executive board in a variety of positions before assuming the Presidency in 2001. In 2005, she and her husband Bruce co-chaired the series of Beth Sholom 50th Anniversary events which culminated in the installation of Rabbi Aaron Rubinstein.

Barbara received a B.A. in Political Science from Brown University and spent her early post graduate years in New York City where she was an Assistant Treasurer for National Westminster Bank in its Middle Market Lending Division. The highlight of her New York experience was meeting her husband, Bruce, who has embraced southern life in spite of his Brooklyn heritage. They have two children, Allison, who has graduated from college and now lives and works in Denver, and Scott a senior at Brown University. When Barbara is not working on synagogue business she is spending time taking long, peaceful walks, reading, enjoying movies, or joining Bruce at any number of music venues.

Please do not hesitate to contact Barbara Newman if you need assistance.


Deanna McAlexanderReligious School Director – Deanna McAlexander

Deanna McAlexander joined our staff this fall as our new Religious School Director. Prior to assuming a professional role within our institution, she served on the Beth Sholom Executive Committee in the role of Programming Vice President. She has also just begun her 14th year as a full time middle school teacher at our sister institution, Bornblum Solomon Schechter School, where she enjoys the continuity of shepherding students in language arts and in developing lasting relationships of trust and shared learning. Prior to teaching at our Schechter school, she taught history of art at the University of Memphis for ten years. She holds a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Tennessee, a Masters of Arts from the University of Virginia, and a Masters of Arts in teaching from the University of Memphis. Deanna enjoys time away from work with her husband Andy and is the proud mother of two daughters, Marlise, who has just returned to Memphis to begin graduate studies and Rebecca, a sophomore at the University of Maryland. Please feel free to contact Deanna McAlexander with any inquiries you might have about our religious school programs.


Office Administrative Assistant - Cheryl Strong

Cheryl has been part of the Beth Sholom family since 2003. Her smiling face and warm disposition greet each member or guest who walks in Beth Sholom's front door. She is also often the first voice you hear when you call the synagogue office.. When Cheryl is not answering phones, making copies or preparing mailings, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family. You should feel free to contact Cheryl Strong.

Rabbi's Administrative Assistant - Deanna Lubin

Deanna became a welcome addition to the Beth Sholom staff in 2006, handling the administrative tasks of our Religious School and Youth Commission. Deanna’s job description has changed and she now works directly with Rabbi Chana Leslie and Rabbi Ilan as their administrative assistant. Deanna devotes much of her free time volunteering for Hadassah. Please feel free to contact Deanna Lubin if you need to reach our Rabbis, set up an appointment or share life cycle information with the office.

Kitchen Supervisor - Claudia Burkins

Beth Sholom just wouldn't feel like home without Claudia here to whip up her Saturday Kiddush luncheons or fry up her famous fried chicken. She has been part of the Beth Sholom family longer than most of our members, as she joined our staff in 1963. In addition to taking care of Beth Sholom's culinary needs, Claudia also works as a private caterer, so it is likely that you have enjoyed her food at a recent Bar Mitzvah, wedding or bris. Claudia stays busy with her 7 children, 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren when she is not in the Beth Sholom kitchen.