Rabbis and Staff
Rabbi Ruth 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 Ruth 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.
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.
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Wendy has brought Temple members a wide range of Jewish musical experiences. She drew on her 16 years with the Northwest’s first klezmer band, The Mazeltones, and on her knowledge of Ashkenazic liturgical music. Mate Shawn Weaver arranges much of the music for the ensembles she conducts: KlezKidz, and KidsChorus, and ensembles at Shabbat services. Wendy taught in the Religious School for 28 years, wrote a short-story collection Polyglot
, and edited the literary review Drash: Northwest Mosaic
. Learn more about Wendy
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.
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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!