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Senior Rabbi

Rabbi Aaronson was born and raised in Philadelphia.  He attended the University of Michigan and was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City.

Rabbi Aaronson recently served as the associate rabbi at Temple Beth Zion of Buffalo and Fairmount Temple of Cleveland, as the acting senior rabbi of Fairmount Temple and as as the rabbi of Temple David in Perth, Australia.

During his tenure at Temple Har Shalom, membership grew from about 100 households to over 300.  Rabbi Aaronson has created such notable programs as Ski Shule at Deer Valley (the only ski-in/ski-out Shabbat worship service in the world); a partnership with the Sundance Film Festival, including Shabbat at Sundance and programs honoring Israeli film makers with films in the festival.  Rabbi Aaronson has served on numerous boards and civic organizations including the People's Health Clinic, the Summit County Sheriff's advisory board and the Westminster College Hillel Advisory Board.  Rabbi Aaronson is a rabbinic fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Aaronson is married to Debbie, a pharmaceutical sales executive.  They have 3 children.

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Cantor

Rabbi Cantor Alison Wissot is best known for her joyful spirit, her soulful singing, and her passion for Jewish learning. She is dedicated to revitalizing worship and integrating the ancient sounds of Jewish tradition with contemporary music, and her background in theatre brings life and energy to synagogue experiences. Alison's deepest mission as a teacher, is to make the beauty and joy of Jewish text and liturgy accessible to all. Alison's work on the Board of Directors of Stand With Us has helped strengthen the Jewish community's pro-Israel message across college campuses. She is an active member of the American Conference of Cantors, the Cantors Assembly, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Alison served as cantor at Stephen S. Wise Temple in Los Angeles and the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue in New York, as well as the rabbinic intern at Kehillat Israel in the Pacific Palisades and the High Holy Days cantor in Singapore. Prior to her cantorial career, Alison worked as an actress in New York and London, and was awarded a Spielberg Fellowship to teach Jewish theatre at the Reform Movement's flagship camp, Camp Kutz. Alison has brought her internationally acclaimed teaching of Jewish theatre to such events as Limmud 2002 in London and other conventions and synagogues worldwide. Alison, a native of the San Fernando Valley, resides in Woodland Hills with her husband, Michael, their sons, Jacob & Daniel, and their daughter Abby.

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Cantorial Soloist

Mark Britowich, our Cantorial Soloist, brings to Temple Judea a broad background of Jewish, liturgical and secular music. Mark's professional involvement with Jewish music includes his soloist position with Temple Judea, Cantor at Valley Beth Israel, High Holy Day cantor at several prominent Los Angeles synagogues, soloist with the Jewish Symphony and the Nowakowsky Chorale, as well as professional choir/soloist positions throughout the United States. He holds an undergraduate degree in theatre and has performed in musical theatre, opera, off-Broadway and repertory theatre. If he's not relaxing somewhere playing his guitar, he might be off snow skiing or traveling to exotic locales. His passion for music and love of Jewish liturgy has touched many lives.


Rabbi Emeritus

Rabbi Don Goor grew up in San Diego, California, as the son of a rabbi.  He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley.  In 1987, he was ordained at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in New York.  Rabbi Goor then joined Temple Judea, where he has reinvigorated worship services with new approaches that have brought Jewish traditions to life and have drawn people of all ages to pray and celebrate community together.  During his tenure as Senior Rabbi, Rabbi Goor has demonstrated his determination to strengthen the synagogue in two further areas: as a Learning Community and as a Caring Community.  Rabbi Goor currently serves on the faculty of Hebrew Union College, in Los Angeles, and teaches second and fifth year rabbinic students, addressing topics that relate to the practical aspects of being in the clergy.  Rabbi Goor continues his own studies at the Hartman Institute as a fellow in the Center for Rabbinic Enrichment Program.  He co-founded the HOPE Network and the Valley Interfaith Council’s Homeless Project.  He has chaired the "Jewish Federation/Valley Alliance's Jewish Community Relations Council," and co-chaired the Jewish Federation's "Cults and Missionaries Commission."  Rabbi Goor also serves as Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles.  Rabbi Goor has been married to his life partner, Cantor Evan Kent, for over 20 years.