Rabbis and Staff
Rabbi Ruth Zlotnick has been described by her community as a teacher of Torah and of Jewish values, and was 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 completed his rabbinic studies at Hebrew Union College and was ordained in June of 2013. Over the past several years, Jason has led Shabbat and holiday services at several congregations, taught both formal and informal courses, acted as Youth Director, and organized Jewish community building with Hillel programs.
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Jan Glick is responsible for the management of Temple’s administrative, personnel, financial, and facilities operations. He is leading the effort to strengthen our internal processes, create a sustainable operation for the long term, and to implement and achieve the Temple’s strategic and programmatic objectives.
A nationally recognized nonprofit leader, as well as presenter and author of Nonprofit Turnaround: A Guide for Nonprofit Leaders, Consultants and Funders, Jan has devoted more than 25 years facilitating performance improvement for nonprofits and government agencies. A 1977 graduate of Stanford University, Jan joined the Temple staff in 2011.
Wendy gives Temple members a wide range of Jewish musical experiences. She draws on 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: Adult Choir, KlezKidz, and KidsChorus, and ensembles at Shabbat services. Wendy has 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.
Andrew oversees all of the Temple's communications: he designs and edits the temple newsletter The Bulletin, manages the website, and produces print matter and other materials that support our Temple’s programming.
Andrew has lived in Washingon state his whole life, but only in the Seattle area since 1981. He has over 20 years of experience in design (including websites, posters, identity programs, logos, newsletters, books, and toys); and over 6 years managing communications for synagogues, including writing, editing, and project management.
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.
Education and Community Associate
Erica comes to Temple Beth Am and the Seattle area after several years of travel. Originally from Ohio, Erica obtained a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certificate from Ohio University. Since graduating, she has served with AmeriCorps (a national community service organization): for two years as an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps Team Leader, and an AmeriCorps VISTA member. Erica brings years of project management and volunteer coordination experience, including developing educational curriculum for a Head Start program in Montana, to TBA’s Religious School program. She also coordinates our B'nai Mitzvah program. In her free time, Erica enjoys long walks, eating, and cats.