Temple Shalom Clergy

Temple Shalom
A Reform Jewish Congregation
Chevy Chase, Maryland
Michael Feshbach - Senior Rabbi
image Temple Shalom Senior Rabbi Michael Feshbach is proud of the depth and diversity of our congregation, and remains committed to creating a Jewish community open to exploration, connecting to the wider world, and supporting the spiritual journeys of its members. A native of Silver Spring, Maryland, he came home to the Washington area and our congregation in 2001. His High Holy Day responses to the terrorist attacks of that September were his first full-house introduction to the congregation.

Rabbi Feshbach is a Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of Jerusalem, Israel.

Over the course of his career, Rabbi Feshbach has achieved recognition as a contemporary Reform Jewish scholar through online columns and "Ask a Rabbi" responses, both for the Union for Reform Judaism and in the early days of America Online. His numerous publications and articles include Obedience to Which Commander: An Examination of a Jewish Soldier's Right to Disobey Immoral Orders (with Peter Schaktman); In God's Image: Judaism and Homosexuality; A Name for Ourselves: On Infertility, Meaning and Hope; and In Every Generation: A Jewish Approach to Questions of Genetic Research, Testing and Screening, and Gene Therapy.

Before coming to Temple Shalom, Rabbi Feshbach served congregations in Boca Raton, Florida; Erie, Pennsylvania; and Buffalo, New York. At Temple Shalom, Rabbi Feshbach has expanded programming while assuring that the congregation maintains a sense of warmth and intimacy.

"A synagogue can be a space for the stillness that follows the storm, the voice which speaks in silence," says Rabbi Feshbach. "It should be a place for openness, of inclusiveness, welcoming Jewish families in all the varied forms in which they come today. My hope is to help create a space where energy and ideas flow together, to be a place where a thousand flowers bloom."

Rabbi Feshbach is married to Julie Novick. They have three children: Benjamin, Daniel and Talia.

Email the rabbi: rabbifeshbach@templeshalom.net

Lisa Levine - Cantor
image Cantor Lisa Levine is one of the leading contemporary composers and most accomplished cantors in the entire Reform Movement. Her compositions are sung in worship across North America.

Cantor Levine's depth of spirituality and broad liturgical musical knowledge are exceeded only by her boundless energy and enthusiasm. Current and prospective Temple Shalom congregants alike are especially attracted to "Cantor Lisa's" loving work with children, her highly successful outreach worship service for interfaith couples, her caring approach to pastoral services and her Yoga Shalom Jewish yoga worship experience.

Since her investiture in 1989, Cantor Levine has served as cantor for congregations in Dallas, Des Moines, Kansas City, Baltimore and Stamford.

"My vision of worship for Temple Shalom includes three major elements," says Cantor Levine. "Joyful music in many different styles and modes, inclusion of bands, orchestras or small ensembles, youth, teen, adult and professional choirs - the more people, the better! - and cantors and rabbis who move off the bima and into the congregation to get people engaged, excited and involved."

Cantor Levine and her husband, Andy, are the parents of Emily and Louis.

Email the cantor: cantorlisa@templeshalom.net.

Rachel Ackerman—Associate Rabbi
image Rabbi Ackerman is originally from Westfield, NJ. She attended Brandeis University as an undergraduate, with majors in psychology and sociology, minors in Hebrew and Judaic studies —and a certification as a pre-school educator. She continued her studies in both the rabbinic and education programs at our Reform movement seminary, the Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), earning her Master of Arts in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education of HUC-JIR in 2009, and being ordained as a rabbi at the Los Angeles campus of HUC-JIR in May of 2011.

Rabbi Ackerman acquired extensive experience and training during her student years. For three years she served as the Rabbinic and Education Intern at Temple Isaiah of Los Angeles, CA, where she served as the director of Tiyul: Shabbat B’Yachad, a Shabbat based family education program that served as an alternative to religious school. Additionally she has worked over the past number of summers as the Director of Education and Unit Head at the Union for Reform Judaism Camp Newman, and has served as the student rabbi of Har Shalom in Missoula, MT, and Chaverim of Jewish Family Service. She completed the first level of chaplaincy certification in clinical pastoral education at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital of New Brunswick, NJ, and she has a special interest and developing expertise in issues relating to diversity, disability and accessibility, and inclusion. Additionally, she is very interested in interdenominational Jewish dialogue and Jewish community efforts on issues of global justice.

Outside of the Jewish institutional setting, Rabbi Ackerman loves the outdoors and is an avid runner. She was a competitive cross-country and track runner throughout high school and college and has completed the last three Los Angeles marathons.

Rabbi Ackerman brings her many talents to our education program and our entire congregation. In addition to her role with the school, she will (as have our previous Directors of Education) coordinate the Shabbat Morning Worship and Study service, join in pastoral visits and leading shivah services, and serve as a teacher and leader of programs and services in a variety of settings and for congregants of all ages. As our Associate Rabbi, she also joins our clergy team in ongoing presence and on-call coverage alike, and provides an added reach for life-cycle needs and community service, as time and opportunity allow.

Email the Associate Rabbi: RabbiAckerman@templeshalom.net

Bruce E. Kahn - Rabbi Emeritus
image After serving Temple Shalom as its rabbi from 1980-88 and as its senior rabbi from 1988-2001, on August 15, 2001 Rabbi Kahn became the first and only Temple Shalom Rabbi Emeritus, a lifetime appointment.

Ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1974, he spent the next two years on active duty as a US Navy Chaplain. He then continued his military career in the Navy’s Ready Reserve force while he accepted the pulpit of Congregation Or Ami in Richmond, Virginia before coming to Shalom in 1980.

As our rabbi, Bruce Kahn worked with Shalom’s leadership to establish the Mitzvah Corps, the Madrichim program, the chavurah expansion, numerous advances in our social justice, b’nei mitzvah, confirmation, post confirmation, adult education, liturgical programs, and much more. His constant emphasis was on service to God through helping individual members, groups of members and the congregation in its entirety use our faith to move towards wholeness of being. He saw that goal as the essential point of synagogue life. Temple Shalom bestowed on Rabbi Kahn its Lifetime Achievement Award and commissioned the writing of Torat-Shalom to honor his sacred service to the congregation.

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