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Clergy and Staff

Now, more than ever, Jewish people around the world need madrichim, spiritual mentors, to guide them through the complexities of twenty-first century life. As a rabbi, Rabbi Dorsch strives to inspire our community to live a more Torah-centric existence through helping us to understand how Torah enriches our ritual-life, sense of values, and sacred choices. Rabbi Dorsch works to achieve this Torah-centric vision through a willingness to teach Torah while "standing on one foot," by striving to be relatable and accessible, and through a sincere willingness to grow Jewishly alongside our community.
After earning his B.A. degrees from Columbia University and the Albert A. List College at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Rabbi Dorsch received his rabbinical ordination and M.A. in Education from JTS. After being awarded the Reverend Zvi Hirsch Masliansky Prize for Homiletics, he served as an associate rabbi for six years in Livingston, New Jersey.
Beyond his role as rabbi at Etz Chaim, Rabbi Dorsch is proud to serve as Vice President of MERCAZ-USA, the Zionist arm of the Conservative Movement, and as a member of USCJ’s Teen Engagement Committee. He is a past member of the Board of Directors for Jewish Family and Career Services of Atlanta, as well as a fellow for Hazon’s Clergy Leadership Incubator program.
Rabbi Dorsch can’t wait to meet you for coffee (although he will have the iced tea) and tell you about the new and exciting things taking place at Etz Chaim. Rabbi Dorsch and his wife Amy, an educator at the Epstein School, are the proud parents of Zev and Haley.

Rabbi Shalom J. Lewis, Emeritus

Rabbi Shalom J. Lewis demonstrates his commitment to the idea of the Rabbi as a teacher and friend. He believes that inspiration comes through personal enthusiasm and involvement. From the gentle way he encourages each member to learn and to grow, he has touched many. Rabbi Lewis' religious services are a stimulating, uplifting blend of the past and the present. Whether on the bima or in his office, he generates a caring warmth. A graduate of Temple University, Rabbi Lewis was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He also holds graduate degrees in education and Judaica.  His warmth and enthusiasm are contagious! 

Marty Gilbert, Executive Director

Marty Gilbert grew up in Brooklyn, New York and has spent the majority of his adult life in East Brunswick, New Jersey. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in English. Marty enjoyed a successful professional career as a general manager for various retail companies including Borders, Barnes & Noble and Target before becoming the Temple Administrator of  Temple Emanu-El West Essex in Livingston, NJ, in 2014. Since 1971, the Gilbert family have been members of Temple B’nai Shalom in East Brunswick, a congregation that Marty’s parents were founding members. During the past 35 years, he has served on a variety of committees and has been a member of the Board of Trustees. In 2014, Marty combined his lifelong passion as a Jewish lay leader with a new vocation as a synagogue professional.  Marty and his wife, Lori, have already become part of our Etz Chaim family. They have three grown children living in the New York metropolitan area.

Debbie Deutsch, Director of Education

Debbie Deutsch received her B.S. in Special Education from Florida State University and her M.Ed. in Education Administration and Supervision from George Mason University. After enjoying a fourteen-year career as an educator, Debbie became our Preschool Director in 1995, and Religious Education Director in 2011. Here at Etz Chaim, she has created a warm and caring environment in which children progress at their own pace in a hands-on developmental program. Debbie hails from Bowie, Maryland and has the unique distinction of being one of our three-generational families at Etz Chaim. She is the ideal person to initiate our children into Judaism and its wonders!

Heather Blake, Director of Engagement

Heather grew up in Charlotte, NC and was involved in the Union for Reform Judaism youth movement and camping system. At Florida State University, she studied elementary education and was actively involved in Hillel. Inspired to work in the Jewish community upon graduation, Heather spent five years as the Program Director at Temple Israel in Tallahassee, Florida, where she created and developed innovative programs for all ages and frequently led services as a Cantorial Soloist. Heather received dual master's degrees in Jewish Professional Leadership and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University in May 2015. After graduate school, she worked as the Director of Jewish Innovation and Engagement at the Memphis Jewish Community Center.  

Steven Resnick, Youth Director

Steven grew up in Longwood, Florida where he was involved in Kadima, USY, and BBYO. Following high school graduation, he became a Chapter Advisor for both Kadima and USY while attending Jacksonville University. Steven was a Chapter Youth Director at the Sunrise Jewish Center (Sunrise, Florida) for 5 years, Jacksonville Jewish Center (Jacksonville, FL) for 2 years and served as the Assistant Director of Youth Activities for the HaNer (formerly known as NERUSY and Hanefesh) region of Kadima and USY before joining the staff at Etz Chaim. Steven also served as Secretary on the Jewish Youth Director’s International Board for the 2014-2016 term, and was awarded the inagural "ChangeMaker of the Year" award for the 2018-2019 year for his work with local Kadimaniks and USYers!


Aram Blankenship - Facilities Manager

Betsy Fitzwater - Office Manager

Ellen Feldser - Bookkeeper

Bernice Isaac - Communications Administrator/Digital Content Coordinator

Lisa Singer - Administrative Coordinator

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