Administration : Gershon A. Levine, Executive Director
Gershon was born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. A graduate of Yeshiva University High School, and New York University, Gershon spent most of his formative years as an activist in the Soviet Jewry movement. A lifelong Zionist, Gershon made Aliyah to Israel in 1981 and served in the Israel Defense Forces as an infantryman. While living in Jerusalem, Gershon met his future wife Rabbi Andrea Gouze. They returned to the US in 1987 and Gershon went back to school eventually receiving his MA from Brandeis University's Hornstein Program in Jewish Communal Service. He has held various positions including: Cultural Arts Director of the JCC of Indianapolis, Assistant to the Director of the Bureau of Jewish Education in Cleveland, Community Relations Council Director for the Jewish Federation of Rhode Island; Program Director for the Striar JCC in Stoughton and the Assistant Director for the New England Regional Office of the Anti Defamation League.
Gershon and Andrea have been active members of Emanu El since 1994 and have enjoyed watching their children Eitan, Daniella, Nili and Aurora grow up in the Temple community. Gershon has taught adult education for the Temple and the Gerim Institute, focusing on Jewish film, Israel and the Middle East, Hebrew and High Holidays. He also served as an educator for the Harry Elkin Midrasha. For over a decade, Gershon has written the book for the Temple Emanu El Purim Shpiel, which he will continue writing – as long as people continue laughing!
Gershon is overjoyed to be bringing his professional expertise to the synagogue he loves. Please make sure to stop by his office, the door is always open. To e-mail Gershon, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Administration : Miriam Abrams-Stark, Director of Congregational Learning
Miriam is our newly appointed Director of Congregational Learning. In this new position, Miriam will be overseeing and coordinating many of our educational programs including the Religious School Director and USY coordinator. Miriam has worked at Temple Emanu-El since 1995 as the synagogue’s Youth Coordinator. She graduated with honors from SUNY-Binghamton in 1980, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Judaic Studies. In 1982 she received a Master’s degree in Social Work, with a concentration in Group Work from Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work. She has worked with youth and teens for over 25 years in Jewish Community Centers, various summer camp settings, and synagogues. She has been a USY advisor/director for the past 20 years. Under her direction, our youth program has won numerous awards, including the New England Regional USY prestigious "Chapter of the Year", this past spring 2008, and the most exciting award, the “International Chapter of the Year” in 2001. In addition to working with our youth, Miriam has also served as the Leisure Club Coordinator for our older adult population, and as the ‘Yad B’Yad-Partners in Learning’ Coordinator. She has also assisted in the Temple’s Havurah and Jr. Congregation programs. She can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com. She is always interested in hearing new ideas, suggestions or concerns.
Administration : Paul Stouber , Ritual Director
Paul Stouber is Temple Emanu-El’s new Ritual Director. Born and raised in Flushing, New York, Paul has always been active in the Jewish community, particularly in synagogue life. Throughout his teenage and early adult years, Paul sang in his temple’s High Holiday choir and led its youth services. Upon moving to Providence in 1989, Paul brought his skills to Temple Emanu-El, where he became a service leader and Torah reader, an active participant in the temple Choral Club, and a long-time songwriter and performer in its hallmark Purim Spiel. Paul has also served on Temple Emanu-El’s Board of Directors since 2001, with stints as Treasurer and Vice President for Financial Development. Community-wide, Paul has taught at the Jewish Community Day School and has served on the Boards of Jewish Family Service and Harry Elkin Midrasha.
Prior to assuming his new role at Temple Emanu-El, Paul was the executive director and owner of The Princeton Review of Rhode Island. He holds a BA in Mathematics from Rhode Island College and MS in Finance from Boston College.
Paul is blessed with the love and support of his wife, Donna, and their daughters, Abby and Zmira. To email Paul firstname.lastname@example.org
Administration: Tovah Reis, Librarian
Tovah began working part-time at Temple Emanu-El during the summer of 2011. Her educational background includes a master's degree in library science from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, a B.A. in anthropology from Brooklyn College and a Teacher's Diploma from Herzlia Teachers Institute in New York. Previously, Tovah was the Brown University Medical School Librarian for 20 years until her retirement in 2010 and the library director of the Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel from 1978-1991. In addition she has worked at the MIT Libraries, Tel Aviv University Library, and the Jewish Theological Seminary Library. After many years of working at medical and academic libraries, Tovah is excited to be working with the Temple community to bring the Rosen Library into the 21st Century. She is most interested in hearing from congregants about their vision for the library and helping Emanuelites with their searches for books and other resources. Tovah can be reached at email@example.com
Administration: Aaron Guttin, Youth Coordinator
Aaron Guttin is currently in his second year as the Youth Coordinator for the Temple. During the summer, he serves as the Head Counselor at Camp JORI and Assistant Waterfront Director where he has worked for several years. Aaron is also a former Midrasha teacher, and has staffed and attended numerous community trips. Aaron’s love for Jewish education started early in life but was affirmed while participating in the March of the Living trip to Poland and Israel while in high school. Aaron is an avid outdoorsman and holds a Rhode Island Boaters License, an ACA Kayak Instructor license, and is a Low Ropes Safety Instructor. Aaron loves to combine his interest in Judaic Studies and History which he studied at Rhode Island College. Aaron can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
or at 331-1616 ext .26