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
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 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, and I feel so blessed that my path led me back to this incredible congregation. I am honored to have the opportunity to participate in, and help lead, such a warm, vibrant, and joyful community.
Shalom, Rabbi Crimmings
Coming to Bet Shalom in 1981 as the congregation was in its genesis was a dream come true. To be a founding rabbi is a rare opportunity. Being a partner in creating a community such as we have built over the years has been a fulfilling part of my Rabbinic career.
In 2015, I was honored to become the Rabbi Emeritus. It was a transition that reminds me of my family status change from parent to grandparent. I have a Rabbinic study at Bet Shalom where I invite you to schedule some time with me. I would love to offer you a signed copy of the book I wrote about the sacred architecture of the congregational home we built in 2002 and where we have grown into the dynamic community we are.
Bet Shalom remains an idealistic congregation with many more dreams and goals. The people who now lead it, beginning with Rabbi Locketz and the Board, have great vision and plans for the future.
Shalom, Rabbi Cohen
Cantor Tamar Havilio was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After completing an undergraduate degree in theater at the University of Iowa, she began cantorial studies at the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem. After completing the cantorial program in 1996, Cantor Havilio served congregations in New York, New Jersey and Milwaukee before pursuing a Master’s program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in the Performance Studies Division.
In 2002, Cantor Havilio returned to the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem as a member of the faculty, where for the past 17 years, she has been teaching the Reform Movement’s future Jewish leaders. In 2008, she became Head of Cantorial Studies on the Jerusalem Campus. She has also been active with the Women of the Wall Movement, where she is known as the “Cantor of the Kotel.”
In 2018, Cantor spent a year on sabbatical serving as a cantor at Temple Israel, during which time she and her family fell in love with the Minneapolis area. They are thrilled to be coming to Bet Shalom to join this vibrant Jewish community!
Steve Barberio has been a successful nonprofit leader, arts producer, and consultant for more than 30 years. He’s served as head of several major arts organizations and community nonprofits across the country, most recently as the Executive Director of Joy of Motion Dance Center in Washington, D.C. He now serves as the Executive Director of Bet Shalom Congregation in the Twin Cities.
Cantor Sarah Lipsett-Allison z”l began serving Bet Shalom Congregation in 1997. In 2006, she completed the Cantorial Certification Program under the auspices of both the School of Sacred Music (Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion) and the American Conference of Cantors. She was Bet Shalom’s first Cantor.
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