Norman M. Cohen - Senior Rabbi
Rabbis dream of congregations like Bet Shalom. Where else can a rabbi find a community devoted to Jewish life, actively participating in religious, educational and social functions as a regular part of their Jewish lives?
Bet Shalom is an idealistic congregation with many dreams and visions and goals. As your rabbi, I share those dreams and visions and goals. We have worked together to realize some of them and continue to plan together to create and maintain an intimate Jewish congregation, where the moments of life are celebrated and enhanced by the wisdom and beauty of our age-old Jewish traditions.
This is a congregation of high standards and expectations. With your help and commitment, Bet Shalom Congregation will continue to be a family of friends -- vibrant, intimate, committed to Judaism.
I look forward to meeting and knowing each and every member of this community and to working with you in learning about and practicing the many opportunities for mitzvah that Judaism and Bet Shalom provide.
Shalom, Rabbi Cohen
David L. Locketz - Associate Rabbi
When I began to look for the kind of congregation in which I wanted to be a rabbi, it was important to my wife Debbie and me that it be a congregation in which we wanted to be members. In addition to having a senior rabbi who would be a mentor and from whom I could learn, we wanted to find a synagogue that was warm, welcoming, menschy, and full of people and programs.
We were looking for Bet Shalom - and we found it. Bet Shalom has so much to offer, from tot programming and preschool, to a vibrant Religious School, to terrific adult programming opportunities. The breadth of what happens during the year here is truly remarkable. This community has heeded the prophetic call to make a place of "worship for all people." Bet Shalom is a place of worship, of religious action, and of community. It is a wonderful place.
I am proud to be one of your rabbis and look forward to sharing with you in all that life brings.
Shalom, Rabbi Locketz
Jill E. Crimmings - Rabbi Educator/Interim Religious School Director
My rabbinic journey started while working as a teacher in the religious school at Bet Shalom. At that time, I experienced what it felt like to be openly welcomed and embraced, both as a member of the teaching staff and also as a member of the broader congregation. The sense of community and passion for Jewish life at Bet Shalom is what inspired me to apply to rabbinical school.
My experiences at Bet Shalom stayed with me throughout my time at HUC-JIR. I continuously referenced Bet Shalom as a model congregation in class and throughout my internships. I was proud to describe a model, not only of a welcoming and loving spiritual home, but also of excellence across all levels of programming, from education and worship, to social justice work.
I never imagined that my path would lead me back to this incredible congregation and I feel blessed to return to Bet Shalom in my new role as Rabbi Educator. I hope to give back and nourish the community in the same way that it has and will continue to nourish me.
Shalom, Rabbi Crimmings
Sarah Lipsett-Allison - Cantor
It’s exciting to be the Cantor of Bet Shalom because here it’s not the hills that are alive with the sound of music, but the halls and classrooms and sanctuary. Our congregation is participatory and loves to sing, and there are all types of music to suit our diverse population. Our services reflect these differing styles, with more traditional worship with piano, more contemporary with guitar, and our once monthly Ruach Service led by our congregational T’fillah Band. Singing is a regular part of the Religious School curriculum, and we also have a children’s choir and an active Adult Choir that participates throughout the year. With our many active congregants, music fills the halls – what could be more fulfilling for a Cantor?
Shalom, Cantor Sarah