Founded in 1900, Beth Israel today includes about 160 families and individuals who have found a warm Jewish connection with this Conservative congregation. We are affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and subscribe to traditional worship services with men and women sharing full liturgical equality.
We adhere to traditional practices and, accordingly, we maintain a well-stocked Kosher kitchen that not only sustains us, but keeps us spiritually and socially connected.
Our membership reflects the range of contemporary Jewish experience in that some of us have come to Beth Israel as Jews raised within Reform, Conservative or Orthodox traditions and some of us have come from backgrounds without any Jewish upbringing at all. All of us have found a home in this small but vibrant congregation.
Rabbi: Chana Leslie Glazer
Rabbi Chana Leslie Glazer comes to Beth Israel following successful posts as rabbi at Beth Sholom Synagogue of Memphis, TN and as student rabbi of Congregation Am Haskalah of Bethlehem, PA.
She received rabbinic ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC), a course of study that included spending a year in Israel at the Conservative Yeshiva of Jerusalem. She held a series of well-received rabbinical internships in six synagogues, two senior care centers, as well as work with three synagogue religious schools and a Hillel.
Rabbi Glazer also spent two years as an interfaith organizer during her seminary time. She founded Philadelphia Emerging Religious Leaders (PERL), a nationally acclaimed organization that brings together seminarians and religion students across Philadelphia for interfaith engagement. Here in Roanoke, Rabbi Glazer is involved with a number of interfaith initiatives, including Congregations in Action, Roanoke Family Promise and she is one of the founding members of Roanoke Valley Interfaith Clergy, a local clergy association launched in 2015.
Prior to becoming a rabbi, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Government at Cornell University and held a 15-year career as a journalist, editor and foreign correspondent, mostly working in Latin America & the Caribbean. She enjoys photography, yoga, current events, hiking and nature, singing and all kinds of music.
Rabbi Glazer welcomes seekers – parents, kids, empty nesters, singles (or anyone) looking to deepen their Jewish connections, and any and all opportunities for using the tools of Jewish Tradition to enrich our community. She is delighted to serve Beth Israel and the Roanoke Jewish Community, and she looks forward to many great adventures ahead!
Please feel free to contact Rabbi Chana Leslie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
President: Sarina Trompeter
Treasurer: Howard Sherman
Secretary: Susan Shandler
Members At Large: Dan Cohen, Jodie Caplan, Lindy Levey, Lesleigh Strauss, Lynn Sherman, Simon Glaser, Gary Oberlander
Educational Director: Marci Brumberg
Marci Brumberg has been the Educational Director of Beth Israel for 28 years. She has helped develop a Hebrew School program whose emphasis is on making prayer and ritual a meaningful part of children’s lives. In addition to the Hebrew School program, Marci has developed drama as a means of learning. She writes and directs the synagogue’s annual Purim musical production. Students are involved in plays for Hanukkah and other holidays.
Her passion for drama as a learning tool has led her to develop a business, Say It With Plays. You can find more information on her website www.SayItWithPlays.com.
Marci prepares students as they become Bar/Bat Mitzvah. She also coordinates youth activities.
She studied at Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. In addition she has pursued graduate work in Jewish Studies at theUniversity of Virginia and Spertus College .
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