JoshA


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.

 

 

  AlisonW


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.

 

 

  MarkB


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. Mark's joy is his lovely wife Sairaphi, their son Longkong, and his two daughters, Sara and Lauren.

 

 


Executive Director

Ellen has been our Executive Director since joining our staff in 2004.  Prior to that, she was the Managing Director of Synagogue 2000, the national non-profit dedicated to revitalizing synagogue life. She enjoyed a previous career in the entertainment industry, serving as a sitcom creative executive at ABC-TV and Warner Bros.  Ellen is active on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Temple Administration, where she also teaches other Executive Directors and Administrators.  She is married to Roy Silver, a business owner, and is the extremely proud mom of Jenny, David, and Jonathan, all young adults.