Temple Beth-El is led by Rabbi Shohama Wiener, a spiritual leader with a visionary background in Jewish spirituality and rabbinic education. Rabbi Shohama was the first female president of any Jewish seminary in history, the Academy for Jewish Religion in New York, and now serves as Rosh Hashpa’ah (Head of Spiritual Direction) and member of the Vaad (Academic Council) for the ALEPH Ordination Programs, the Jewish Renewal rabbinical yeshiva.
Because Temple Beth-El is a “training synagogue” for ALEPH, Temple Beth-El has been blessed by a series of ALEPH rabbinical and rabbinic pastor students over the years. Today Temple Beth-El and Rabbi Shohama host two ALEPH rabbinical students: Rabbi David Markus and Rabbi Eva Sax-Bolder.
Together Rabbi Shohama, Rabbi David and Rabbi Eva weave the strands of Jewish spirituality and practice — tradition and innovation, words and music, text and dance, sound and silence — to enrich community life in all its forms.