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Our Rabbi and Cantors bring experience guiding, inspiring and teaching Jewish people of all ages. 

Rabbi Jason Rosner, Senior Rabbi and Executive Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to rabbinic work, he enjoys teaching about Jewish history, specializing in historical context and making the culture and religion approachable without sacrificing depth.

Rabbi Rosner is a board member of the Sandra Caplan Community Beit Din and a board member of the Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis. He is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the National Association of Temple Administrators, and the Pacific Association of Temple Administrators.

Rabbi Rosner was ordained by Hebrew Union College - JIR in Los Angeles, from which he also holds an M.A.H.L. He was granted an M.Litt. in Medieval History from the University of St. Andrews, a B.A. from C.S.U.L.B, and has additionally studied at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, the Conservative Yeshiva, and Uppsala Universitet. Rabbi Rosner served as a Chaplain Candidate and 2Lt. in the United States Air Force Reserves from 2010 to 2015.

What else does he like to do? He is dedicated to the pleasures of picnicking, pickling, and cooking. He loves hammocks and blend of people who make up the rich tapestry of Southern California life.

Contact: Rabbi.Rosner@gmail.com

Blog: RabbiRosner.org

Rabbi Rosner joined the TBI staff in May 2019. He has served in congregations, as a hospice chaplain, and has a background in pulpit work and fundraising. He considers himself a "proud millennial" and loves not needing to wear a tie too often. Notice only one photo here has him wearing a tie?

Rabbi Rosner is married to Rebbitzin Noémie Taylor-Rosner.

 



 

Cantor Ken Rothstein

Cantor Rothstein has been an indispensable part of our community since 1988. There's a special, serene feeling here, especially on Shabbat, owing to Cantor Ken- as our members know him. He enjoys leading services on our historic building whether on a school day, Friday night, Shabbat morning or for special holiday programming throughout the year.

Contact: kennethrothstein@gmail.com

 

Rabbi Daniel Chorny - Rabbi Educator

Rabbi Chorny has served as educator, mentor, and rabbi for religious schools and synagogues from San Diego to San Luis Obispo. He also works with Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) and other partners to improve the lives of working Angelenos all across the racial, economic, accessibility and gender spectrum. Rabbi Daniel Chorny is married to Rabbi-Cantor Hillary Chorny of Temple Beth Am, and they have two young children: Ella and Yossi.

When asked where he is from, Rabbi Chorny likes to say he comes from “The Americas”, as his childhood was spent in various cities along the East Coast and Bogotá, Colombia. Before moving to the West Coast seven years ago, he completed his rabbinic studies and an MA in Talmud and Rabbinics at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.

 

(Pictured: Rabbi Daniel Chorny, Rabbi Cantor Hillary Chorny, and Ella - photo credit Kerry Thorne)

Georgia Gruzen - Senior Director of Operations

Georgia Gruzen (she/her) joined Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock in 2022. Prior to her role, she served as the Communications and Digital Media Manager at Sandra Caplan Community Bet Din, a pluralistic Bet Din in Los Angeles, and Operations Coordinator at Ikar in Los Angeles. Georgia held marketing and administrative roles at Nu-Hope Laboratories, Cook Travel American Express and Superfund Asset Management, and was involved in commercial and documentary work in New York. Her award-winning film Fanuzzi’s Gold appeared in numerous festivals, including AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs and Rooftop Films, and won an Honorable Mention Audience Award at Full Frame and Best Short Award at DocuWest Film Festival. Georgia has been involved as a lay leader in the Jewish community around social justice issues. She was a former board member for TBI as Fundraising Co-Chair.

Georgia received an MBA with a focus on Nonprofits and Social Entrepreneurship from the Graduate School of Non-Profit Management at American Jewish University (now the School of Enterprise Management and Social Impact). She received an MFA with a focus on Social Documentary Filmmaking from School of Visual Arts and a B.A. in English and Film Studies from Cornell University. She lives in Altadena with her husband and daughter.

Photo credit: Nathaniel Johnston https://www.njohnstonphotography.com/

Sun, July 3 2022 4 Tammuz 5782