Rabbi Susan Goldberg
An artist, educator and committed community activist, Susan Goldberg received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Purchase College, State University of New York and her Master of Arts in Dance from the University of Utah. For more than a decade, Susan was a dancer and choreographer for prestigious dance companies and theater groups throughout the United States. She also served as Professor of Dance and Laban Movement Analysis at Loyola Marymount University and as a Guest Professor of the same at UCLA, the University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee, California State University Long Beach and California Institute of the Arts.Susan’s dedication to fostering stronger human relations/cross-cultural dialogue has been equally impressive. She has served as a consultant to and the designer/facilitator of workshops for such organizations as the Anti-Defamation League, the American Friends Service Committee and The National Conference for Community and Justice (formerly The National Conference of Christians and Jews) and was Co-Director of the Human Relations Awareness Program for the Los Angeles Human Relations Commission.While a rabbinical student at the Academy for Jewish Religion California Susan served as the Student Rabbi now Acting Rabbi of Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock. Her tireless work in helping to revitalize Temple Beth Israel and nurture and grow a vibrant Eastside Jewish community has received justifiable accolades. In November 2010, the Los Angeles Times ran the article “New life for an old temple in Los Angeles” and in September 2011, the Jewish Journal published “Acting rabbi brings rebirth to 1920s shul.Rabbi Susan lives in Eagle Rock with her husband Brian and their three children.
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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