Clergy

Rabbi Arielle Hanien
Rabbi Arielle HanienRaised in a pluralistic community in Cincinnati, Ohio, Rabbi Arielle Hanien is marking her “bat-mitzvah” year in Los Angeles by beginning her journey with TBI.  She is thrilled to come on board as our rabbi. She came here after earning degrees in Philosophy, Sociology, and Physics at Brandeis University, while teaching in independent Jewish educational programs throughout Boston.  Moving to Los Angeles for rabbinical studies at the University of Judaism, offered a way to interweave her intellectual, spiritual, and communal passions. Rabbi Hanien is an educator by nature and by nurture.  Granddaughter of professors and Holocaust survivors, daughter of an educator and an inventor, she has been founding and teaching in innovative Jewish educational programs for over 20 years in formal and informal settings– nurturing Jewish journeys in congregational schools, community day schools, rabbinical schools, summer camps, Rosh Hodesh groups, and family learning cooperatives.Most recently, she chaired the Jewish Studies Department at Milken Community Middle School.  Rabbi Hanien is also currently spearheading a community-wide research process at the Jewish Federation, designed to generate a Los Angeles collaborative Jewish learning program for teens. In TBI of Highland Park, Rabbi Hanien sees our Jewish legacy embodied, as a tradition that merges a love of learning with a love of people, wisdom and creativity, and deep, ancient roots with flowering branches of original expression and meaning. Recognized by the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the Avichai Foundation for her social activism, her interfaith work, her ethical writing, and her accomplishment in Jewish education, Rabbi Hanien is deeply moved to be joining a community so passionately committed to these values, as it builds in bold new ways.

 

Cantor Ken Rothstein
Cantor Ken Rothstein was born in Springfield, Illinois in 1957, but  was raised in the San Fernando Valley from the age of two. Ken chanted his first service at age eight as a Sunday School project at Temple Beth Hillel in North Hollywood. At age 11, Ken chanted his second service his older brother’s Bar Mitzvah in Sherman Oaks. The following year, 1969, at Congregation Adat Ari El in North Hollywood, Ken met his mentor and teacher, Cantor Allan Michelson of Latvia. Ken was very active at Adat Ari El and chanted many services there. In high school, he started what was to become a long-term relationship with the Los Angeles Jewish Homes in Reseda, conducting services there in the 11th and 12th grades.  From 1978 to 1982, Ken attended the Cantors Institute, the Conservative movement’s cantorial school at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City.  Ken returned to California in 1983, and in 1984 rekindled his association with the Jewish Home, conducting services there for five years.  In 1988, a teacher at Adat Ari El told him about TBI.  Ken loves the temple very much and is extremely pleased with its current growth.Ken enjoys dancing the Texas two-step, architectural photography, listening to CDs and KCSN 88.5, going to the gym, and watching sports, especially the Angels and college basketball. Besides singing, he plays piano and has played cello and baritone horn. Ken is single and has two brothers in Southern California and a sister in Nevada.  Ken looks forward to being part of the TBI community for many years to come.
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EDUCATOR: RABBI ROBIN PODOLSKY

Rabbi Robin PodolskyRabbi Robin Podolsky earned her smichah at the Academy for Jewish Religion, California.  She writes the Erev Rav blog at jewishjournal.com.  Rabbi Podolsky holds an MA in Judaic Studies from the Edgar F. Magnin School of Graduate Studies of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and received her BA with Honors in English from Pitzer College. She has presented papers at conferences and symposia sponsored by the Association for Jewish Studies, the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies, the International Society for the Study of European Ideas, and the Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World. For the past three years, she has been a guest lecturer at Hebrew Union College/University of Southern California, teaching Jewish thought to both rabbinical students and university students. In June 2012, she traveled to Germany and Poland as the recipient of an award by FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics). Before she began her rabbinical studies, Rabbi Podolsky was the long-time Press Secretary in the office of California State Senator Sheila Kuehl. As a journalist, she has published writing in the LA Times, The Jewish Journal of Southern California, The JSpot, Talking Points Memo, The Advocate, the LA Weekly and other publications.  She is very happy to have been born and raised in Los Angeles, California.