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Rabbis and Staff

Senior Rabbi

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Rabbi Ruth A. Zlotnick has been described by her community as a teacher of Torah and of Jewish values, and is beloved for her gifts of knowledge, leadership and counsel, inspirational worship services, and creative programming.

Rabbi Zlotnick previously served as Rabbi at Temple Beth Or in the Township of Washington, New Jersey, and as Associate Rabbi and Director of Lifelong Learning at New York's Central Synagogue. She also worked as Associate Director of Programs at Synagogue 2000, a national project aimed at revitalizing synagogues from all streams of American Judaism. She taught in the New York area, at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), and Fairfield University.

Rabbi Zlotnick is a graduate of HUC-JIR, where she was ordained in 2001. She earned a Master of Hebrew Letters from HUC-JIR; she also holds a Master's in the Philosophy of Religion from Yale University and a Bachelor's degree in religious studies from Wesleyan University.

Associate Rabbi

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Rabbi Jason Levine serves our community in many capacities, with a focus on our Youth Program, relationship building, and creating avenues for creativity, innovation, and discovery in our shared Jewish journey. Rabbi Levine is currently the Chair of the Washington Coalition of Rabbis, which provides an important moral and religious voice for Washington State and spiritual leadership for our local Jewish communities. He is always excited to make one-on-one connections with new people, and welcomes the opportunity to meet and share new ideas.

Rabbi Levine joined Temple Beth Am in 2013 as Assistant Rabbi after being ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and was promoted to Associate Rabbi in 2015. Originally from the Midwest, he graduated from Cornell University with degrees in Neurobiology & Behavior and Near Eastern Studies. His background is in both formal and informal education, Jewish community building through Hillel, interfaith efforts, and a range of other Jewish organizations.

Our rabbis receive an overwhelming amount of email.
When you wish to inform them of an illness or life and death matter,
please phone them at the Temple office: 206-525-0915.

Interim Executive Director

Barbara Green
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Barbara Green has been involved with nonprofit organizations for over 35 years as an employee, executive director, board member, and donor. For the last 26 years, she has also worked as a nonprofit consultant and interim executive director. She has served as interim executive director with over 20 organizations, including Multifaith Works, Equal Rights Washington, Women’s Funding Alliance, and, most recently, the Bellevue Botanical Garden Society. Barbara also served as an adjunct faculty member of the Leadership Institute of Seattle for 17 years. Barbara feels honored to have had the privilege of working with so many people and organizations who are committed to making the world a better place. She lives with her partner of 31 years, their 21-year old son, two cats, and a dog. When not at work, Barbara enjoys hiking, racquetball, spending time with friends, reading, and playing online Scrabble.

Chazzan

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Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Cantor Victor Geigner enjoys singing in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, Spanish, and Italian. He loves teaching and is an inspiration to his students of all ages.

Congregants would define him as much more than a Chazzan. They would say that Cantor Geigner is a leader and a clergyman who helps his congregation to love Jewish music and to appreciate and love the spirit that is found in Jewish life. When he leads the congregation in song, the Sanctuary is filled with spirituality.

Cantor Geigner began his career at the age of 16. He was trained in the art of Hazzanut by some of the most famous cantors and teachers, and then he studied at the Bet Asaf School for Hazzanim from the Seminario Rabínico Latinoamericano in Buenos Aires.

Cantor Geigner has served as Cantor and spiritual leader in several congregations throughout Argentina and Bolivia. In 2005, he moved to Florida. He is very social and loves participating in fundraisers and singing in concerts.

Cantor Geigner gets inspiration from having his congregation singing along and enjoying the spirit of the moment. He believes that pastoral care and helping the needy is a sacred task and a fulfillment for his soul. He loves working as part of a team, and he is very happy to be in Seattle serving in such a vibrant and warm congregation as Temple Beth Am.

Choir Director

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Taryn has been a member of the Temple Beth Am Choir since 2000. She has studied classical cello, voice, pipe organ, steel drums (Trinidad), and the cajon (from the Afro-Peruvian tradition). Since she first moved to Seattle from the East Coast in 1997, she has taught orchestra/choir at Washington Middle School (Seattle), general music at B.F. Day Elementary School (Seattle), and orchestra at Einstein Middle School (Shoreline). Taryn is currently the Assistant Music Director at Holy Names Academy (Seattle) where she teaches orchestra, chamber music, and music production (recording) classes. She also conducts one of the orchestras (the Sinfonette) in the Cascade Youth Symphony Orchestra organization in Edmonds. When she isn’t teaching or hanging out with her family, Taryn loves being a part of many recording and live music projects, both on cello and voice.

Director of Education

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Rabbi Janine brings best practices from Jewish education to help our 600+ Religious School students become menschen (admirable people), and seeks to create an environment where every child receives a high-quality Jewish education. Rabbi Janine graduated from Princeton University and was ordained in 1993 at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion. She worked for 12 years in St. Louis, Missouri, and joined Beth Am in 2005. She is especially proud of her two teen-aged children.

Assistant Director of Education

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Rabbi Allison helps teachers design lessons, communicate with parents, and grow as professionals, and strives to create a nurturing Religious School where students ask questions and explore their Judaism. She graduated from the University of Washington before receiving an M.A. in Jewish Education and Rabbinic Ordination from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion. She and her husband, Ed, have three children, all of whom are enrolled in our Religious School.

Director of Youth Engagement

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David runs our youth programs and overseas the Madrichim program. Originally from St. Louis, MO, David brings with him a wealth of experience from the world of Jewish youth programming. After completing his B.A. in Jewish Studies from Indiana University, David lived in Israel for four years where he worked as a madrich for Alexander Muss High School, as well as both the NFTY Summer and EIE programs. He returned to St. Louis in 2008 to pursue a Masters in International Affairs from Washington University, which he completed in 2011. While in St. Louis David also served as the Regional Advisor for the NFTY-Missouri Valley Region and taught both Hebrew and music at a local synagogue. David arrived in Seattle in fall 2014 and has fallen in love with the Pacific Northwest.

Director of Community Engagement

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Alexis works closely with congregants to create and support dynamic programs, develop volunteerism, and build community through projects such as Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ), Young Adults at Beth Am (YABA), Project Hineyni (our Caring Community initiative), Adult Education, and our Young Families group. In addition, Alexis currently manages membership at Temple Beth Am, working to welcome and integrate all new members. Alexis is the go-to person for Temple members looking to connect with each other and with our synagogue. Alexis grew up in Seattle, had her Bat Mitzvah, Covenant Renewal, wedding, and daughter's baby naming right here at TBA! She holds a BA in Jewish and Middle Eastern Studies from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec and a Master's degree in Religion from the University of London - School of Oriental and African Studies, UK.

Director of Development

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Rachel first came to TBA in 2005 as a 7th grade Religious School teacher where she spent five years helping students connect more deeply with Israel and their Jewish identity. She has spent the past several years in professional fundraising, and finds great joy in helping people invest in the future they envision for their community. She is thrilled to be back among our vibrant, dynamic families, and looks forward to working closely with our leadership and members to build a legacy that will serve our community for generations to come. Rachel is excited to get to know more of our members, so set up a time to chat!

Facilities & Events Director

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Victoria has been on our Temple staff since 1997. Victoria oversees the physical space, the Temple calendar and room schedules, supplies, and equipment, including our computer systems. In her years here, Victoria has touched virtually every aspect of our community and is a great resource.

 

Communications Lead

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Rachel is responsible for all of Temple Beth Am’s print and e-communications, social media, and supports community engagement within our congregations and the broader Seattle Jewish community. Rachel has been a professional writer, editor, and all-around communicator for the past 17 years. Her background is in journalism and copywriting where she has worked in digital, print, and television media. Most recently, Rachel was the editorial associate for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle and has been a contributing writer to Jewish in Seattle magazine. She is excited to continue working within Seattle's Jewish community and being a part of the Temple Beth Am family.

Staff Accountant

Shana Kaye
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Shana handles all financial transactions including statements, end-of-year tax letters, and payables. If you have any questions about your dues or billing, she’s the person you want to talk to.


Executive Assistant

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Sara assists with planning for our holiday and Shabbat observances, and serves as the contact for yahrzeit inquiries. She schedules appointments for both of our pulpit rabbis and helps to track our congregants' pastoral needs.

Sara is a native Washingtonian, having been born in Washington D.C. After obtaining a B.A. in American History from the University of Maryland, she earned a M.A. in American History, specializing in Native American History, from the University of South Dakota. Sara moved to Seattle in 1980. One of her favorite jobs was being a nanny and after 21 years she is still very close with the family. Sara has worked for non-profits for the past eight years and looks forwards to getting to know the Temple Beth Am family. Sara’s earliest memories are of baking with her mother and she continues to enjoy baking and cooking. She started beading four years ago so when you see her chances are she made her necklace.

Administrative Assistant for Education and Membership

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Rebecca helps with the Religious School, membership, and other aspects of keeping Temple Beth Am running smoothly. After completing a BA in Psychology from UCSB, Rebecca moved to Irvine, CA to become a Youth Director at a Reform temple. Rebecca loves working with children and teens, and is happy to be serving the Beth Am community in a way that is meaningful for the congregation. She moved to Seattle in December of 2015, and is enjoying getting to know the city!