Professional Staff

 
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Rabbi Daniel Dorsch

 

Rabbi Daniel Dorsch is excited to be the rabbi of Etz Chaim after serving for six years as an associate rabbi in Livingston, NJ.  After earning his B.A. degrees from Columbia University and the Albert A. List College at the Jewish Theological Seminary, he received his rabbinical ordination and M.A. in Synagogue School Education from JTS.  At graduation, he was awarded the Reverend Zvi Hirsch Masliansky Prize for Homiletics.

Beyond his role as rabbi at Etz Chaim, Rabbi Dorsch serves as Vice President of MERCAZ-USA, the Zionist arm of the Conservative Movement. You can also find him at the Atlanta Jewish Times and Times of Israel where he contributes an online column, and he's a past writer for Haaretz.com's Rabbi's Round Table. Recently, he was selected as a fellow for CLAL’s Clergy Leadership Incubator program. 

Rabbi Dorsch enjoys teaching and spending time with congregants at every age and stage of life. He can’t wait to meet you for coffee and tell you about the new and exciting things taking place at Etz Chaim. 

Rabbi Dorsch joins the Etz Chaim family with his wife, Amy, and son, Zev.

 

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Rabbi Shalom J. Lewis 

 

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! 

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Marty Gilbert - Executive Director & COO
  

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.

 

   
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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 page 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!

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Heather Blake - Program Director

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.  

 

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Steven Resnick - Youth Director

Steven grew up in Longwood, Florida where he was involved in Kadima, USY, and BBYO. Following high school graduation, he started staffing Kadima and USY programs for local chapters, as well as for the HaNegev region. 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 has spent the last year  based out of Newton, Massachusetts as the Assistant Director of Youth Activities for the New England and Hanefesh regions of Kadima and USY. Steven also served as Secretary on the Jewish Youth Director’s International Board for the 2014-2016 term. Steven’s grandparents, parents and siblings all participated and worked with Kadima and USY in some capacity, so he definitely has this work in his blood!

 

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Aram Blankenship, Facilities Manager

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Email Ellen Feldser at
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Ellen Feldser, Bookkeeper 
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Betsy Fitzwater, Office Manager
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Bernice Isaac, Administrator 
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Lia Picard, Digital Communications Coordinator

 

Etz Chaim is...

Congregation Etz Chaim is a progressive, egalitarian Conservative synagogue that provides meaningful Jewish experiences in a welcoming, engaging environment.  We offer:

 

Inspiring religious services
Educational, social, and cultural activities, serving multi-generational needs
A caring community that supports each other through both joyful and challenging life cycle events
Connections with the broader community and opportunities for Tikkun Olam...


Our intention, in all activities, is to provide an environment of warmth and an opportunity for personal growth. We celebrate together, we pray together, and we learn together, making Etz Chaim truly a home away from home. 

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