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Rabbi Stephen Kahn
Rabbi Stephen Kahn

 

Senior Rabbi

Rabbi Stephen Kahn was born in San Francisco, California. After receiving his B.A. in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, Rabbi Kahn attended the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion where he was ordained as a rabbi in 1995. He became Senior Rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel in July of 2003.

Rabbi Kahn's passion for Jewish education, youth work and his dedication for creating an inner generational congregation has guided him throughout his years in the rabbinate. He believes that in order to create a "Kehilah Kedosha," – "A Sacred Community," that our members must become fully integrated into all aspects of congregational life. Rabbi Kahn has made personal accessibility and individual connection a critical aspect of his rabbinate.

In addition to his rabbinic duties at the Congregation, Rabbi Kahn is a member on the regional board of the Anti Defamation League (ADL). Rabbi Kahn and his wife Michele have three children, Ethan, Gabrielle and Isabelle.

 
Rabbi Rony Keller
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Associate Rabbi  

Rabbi Rony Keller was born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He attended the University of South Florida where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1999, double majoring in psychology and religion. After college, Rony began his studies at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC), first in Jerusalem, and then in Los Angeles. He received a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters in 2003, and a Masters of Arts in Jewish Education in 2004. Rony received his rabbinic ordination in May 2006 from HUC in Los Angeles.

During his fourth year of rabbinic school, he served as the Harriet and Richard Gottlieb rabbinic intern at Congregation Beth Israel (CBI). As the rabbinic intern, he worked closely with the synagogue's clergy and staff.  During the year, Rony led services, delivered sermons, taught adult education classes, participated in life-cycle events, and also coordinated the sixth grade family education program.  In 2005, Rony began working full-time at CBI as the director of education. As the director of education, he oversaw all components for the daily function of the Hebrew/Religious School (Grades K-8), as well as the curricula for CBI's students who attend Hebrew High School.

After serving two years as the rabbi/educator at CBI, Rony is currently the Grace and Horace Goldsmith Associate Rabbi.

Rony is married to Lisa, a Jewish educator with a Master of Arts in Jewish Education from the American Jewish University, and a Master of Arts in Human Development from the University of Maryland. Lisa is a Jewish educator at the Pardes Jewish Day School. They are the proud parents of Aviv and Leor.

 
Cantor Jaime Shpall
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Cantor  

Cantor Jaime Shpall was born and raised in Los Angeles, California where she took full advantage of all that the big Jewish Community there had to offer. As a young girl she attended Emek Hebrew Acadamy, an Orthodox Jewish day school in North Hollywood and regularly attended Shabbat services at her family's synagogue, Adat Ari El. It was in these two settings that she fell in love with "davening".  Her love of Judaism grew through summers as a camper and staffer at Camp Ramah, attendance at the Los Angeles Hebrew High School, Youth Group, and trips to Israel. She attended The University of California at Santa Cruz and spent her Jr. year in Israel at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. During her college years Jaime taught Hebrew and Religious studies at many of the San Francisco Bay Area synagogues and worked on the staff of Camp Swig in Saratoga, California. It was at camp that she decided to attend The Hebrew Union College, School of Sacred Music which turned out to be a perfect fit. The combination of music, psychology, and Judaic studies seemed to lead her directly to the cantorate.

Upon her graduation from HUC, Cantor Shpall served as the cantor of Congregation Beth Israel in Austin, Texas for eight years where she developed her cantorial "chops". Prior to moving to Arizona, Cantor Shpall and her husband, Marcel Bergmann, lived in La Serena, Chile where he worked as an astronomer for Gemini Observatories. Living in Chile was a wonderful experience for them, but she and her husband are thrilled to be here in Scottsdale serving such a vibrant synagogue as Congregation Beth Israel. They are also proud parents of twins, Samuel and Ella.