Our Staff and Leadership

Our Staff and Leadership

Rabbi Nathan Weiner

Rabbi Nathan Weiner

Rabbi Nathan Weiner originally came to Congregation Beth Tikvah as a rabbinic intern while serving as a student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC). He became the Rabbi of Congregation Beth Tikvah upon his June 2016 graduation from RRC.

Raised in the Conservative Movement, Rabbi Nathan spent many years as a Jewish Educator. After graduating from college at The George Washington University, he went on to become the director of teen education at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, Virginia. During his time as a Rabbinical Student at RRC, Rabbi Nathan worked as a teacher, hospital chaplain, and a campus Jewish leader.

Rabbi Nathan is an accomplished author of Jewish educational materials for both Behrman House publishing and the Center for Jewish Ethics at the RRC. He brings his deep love of learning and teaching to his position as Rabbi of Congregation Beth Tikvah. Most central to Rabbi Nathan’s vision for a vibrant and dynamic Judaism is his desire to build authentic and joyous community among Jews and our fellow travelers. He envisions Beth Tikvah as THE place in South Jersey for authentic, unpretentious, and joyous community. Rabbi Nathan is honored to be a board member of the Katz Jewish Community Center, and currently serves as the President of the Tri-County Board of Jewish Clergy. Rabbi Nathan is originally from Brockton, Massachusetts. He lives in Merchantville with his husband, Samuel Warren. Rabbi Nathan is a collector of Jewish books, an avid automobile enthusiast (check out his YouTube channel WrenchingRabbi), and a big Boston sports fan. (Sorry Eagles fans.)

Rabbi Gary Gans

Rabbi Gary Gans – Rabbi Emeritus

Gary Gans, Rabbi Emeritus since August 2016, first came to Congregation Beth Tikvah as our full-time rabbi in 1981, when the synagogue was a ranch house surrounded by corn fields in rural Marlton.

Rabbi Gans received a B.A. from Rutgers University and holds a master’s degree in psycho-educational processes from Temple University. A graduate student at Hebrew University in Jerusalem for two years, he also attended Gratz Hebrew College in Philadelphia to obtain certifications and licenses as a teacher and principal.

Committed to life-long study, Rabbi Gans earned a Doctor of Ministry degree in counseling from the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary and has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC), where he was ordained in 1979.

He participated in a post doctorate program in family therapy at Penn Council for Relationships at the University of Pennsylvania. He is board certified as a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of New Jersey specializing in family therapy.

He currently serves as a chaplain with the Evesham police department and is a cruise ship rabbi. He is a past president of the Tri-County Board of Rabbis.

Rabbi Gans married Rabbi Ilene Schneider while they were both students at RRC. They are the second longest married rabbinic couple in the U.S. and the third longest married in the world. They have two adult sons, Natan and Ari. Rabbi Schneider has written several rabbinic murder mysteries and is also the former director of Jewish hospice for Samaritan Hospice in Marlton.

Rabbi Gans is an amateur radio operator (kosher HAM!) with the call sign N2EEF. He is also deeply interested in genealogy and has led many seminars on the topic in the U.S. and Israel.

Cantor Joseph Lebovic

Cantor Joseph Lebovic

Since 1986, congregants at Congregation Beth Tikvah have enjoyed the strong and melodious voice of Cantor Joseph Lebovic.

Born in the Czech Republic to Cantor David and Mina Lebovic, CBT’s cantor is the youngest of a three-generation cantorial legacy. His grandfather, Joseph, shared his love of Judaism and music with his son David, who in turn inspired his son, our own Cantor Joseph Lebovic.

He earned a B.S. in psychology from Temple University and studied music theory and voice development at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia. He graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and worked in a cantorial position at Beth Jacob-Beth Israel, formerly of Merchantville, before joining Rabbi Gans on the bimah.

Cantor Lebovic participates in local Jewish choirs in South Jersey, including his stint as a guest soloist for the South Jersey Chorus (a secular choir with 60 singers), for Temple Beth Sholom and for the choir of the Board of Cantors of Greater Philadelphia.

Cantor Lebovic married Sophie Klein, who became one of CBT’s most popular Hebrew school teachers until she retired. Together they raised three children: Yael, Miryam and Avi, and they greatly enjoy their beloved grandchildren: Nathan and Raya, Layna and Owen, and Dalia and Jonah.

Michelle Meyer

Michele Meyer – Education Director

Following in the footsteps of her father and grandfather, Morah Meyer is a veteran Jewish educator. Her father, Errol Schlesinger, was the longtime director of education at Congregation Adath Emanuel in Mt. Laurel, and her grandfather was the longtime director of education at Beth Emeth Congregation in Philadelphia.

Before becoming CBT’s education director, Morah Meyer served as a religious school educator, a youth group advisor, and a college professor. She recently became a JECELI (Jewish Early Childhood Education Leadership Institute) fellow, a two-year program through Gratz College.

Morah Meyer grew up in New Jersey, lived in Illinois for 12 years and, upon returning, joined CBT as our education director while also working at the Sari Isdaner Early Childhood Center at the Katz Jewish Community Center as a teacher and Jewish educator.

Ali Driben

Ali Driben – Social Worker

Ali Driben is a second year Master of Social Work candidate at Rutgers University and is excited to serve as CBT’s social work intern this year. Through an innovative partnership, Ali is formally interning with the Samost Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Southern New Jersey (JFCS), and CBT is her site placement. She is available for one-on-one counseling and will be developing and providing various support services to the congregation. Ali can be seen every Sunday supporting CBT’s students.

Ali’s passions include fighting for social justice – especially reproductive justice, and fighting against antisemitism and hate. She is also passionate about promoting mental health and well-being, especially with children and teens. Ali enjoys running, yoga and baking. When possible, she likes to combine her hobbies with social work and therapy.  She is very excited to get to know the CBT community.

To set up a time to meet with Ali, please email her at adriben@jfedsnj.org.

Elana Shaw

Elana Shaw – Administrator

Elana Shaw joined the staff of Beth Tikvah as administrator in 2016. Prior to this, she worked as program director at Germantown Jewish Centre, a synagogue in Northwest Philadelphia, for more than a decade. In 2015, she and her family moved from Philadelphia to South Jersey and enrolled their two daughters at Kellman Brown Academy.

The daughter of a rabbi, Elana grew up in a Jewishly-engaged family. Attending Jewish overnight camp for many years as a camper and then on staff, along with other positions she had within the Jewish community over the years, greatly impacted her.

Elana graduated from Boston University in 1998 with a B.A. in Religion and received her M.A. in Jewish Professional Leadership from the Hornstein Program at Brandeis University in 2004. She delights in working closely with the clergy, staff, and most importantly the dedicated volunteers that make Beth Tikvah the joyous, authentic and progressive community that it is.

Lynne Weinstein – Office Manager

Lynne Natal Weinstein has been Congregation Beth Tikvah’s office manager for over a decade.

Raised in Camden, she grew up four doors away from Congregation Beth El, a synagogue founded by her grandparents and several other congregants. She attended Beth El from kindergarten through Confirmation and continued her Jewish education in the first class of the community-sponsored junior college, known as Midrashah. She launched her Hebrew teaching career when she was a high school senior.

In addition to her office manager responsibilities at CBT, Lynne teaches the Mechinah class and loves having a relationship with the congregation’s students. Seeing the smiles and looks of achievement on their faces as they share her love of Judaism keeps her going. “CBT is exactly the way Beth El was when I was growing up…a small, caring community that joins together as a family supporting each other through thick and thin.”

Lynne loves the spirit and excitement that one feels upon entering the building and feels privileged to work with the rabbis and staff.

Lynne raised four children and has seven grandchildren, two of whom attend CBT.

Congregation Leadership

President
Rachel Kreimer

Finance Vice President
Janet Rand

Vice Presidents at Large
Paul Fau
Sherri Quintero
Marissa Whitmore
Craig Nussbaum

Comptroller
David Blask

Secretary
Eileen Brandy

Trustees
Valerie Gladfelter
Josh Michel
Joel Mosko
Lisa Silverstein
Lisa Shank
Tema Steele

Past Presidents
Norman Levithan (of blessed memory)
Nancy Horowitz
Rachel Kreimer
Sylvia Jacobs
Michael Lewis
Allyson Bernstein
Arlene Lewis
Dr. Mark Waltzer
Jerry Goldberg

Committee Chairs
Adult Ed – Scott Becker
Endowment – Ellen Krivchenia
Finance – Gail DeVito
Fundraising – Valerie Gladfelter
House & Grounds – Fred Bilofsky
Library – David Gladfelter
Membership – Vacant
Publicity – Sylvia Jacobs
Ritual – Max Brandy
School – Donna Snyder
Social Action – Ann Wolf
Youth – Aaron Pollock