Rabbi Neil Cooper along with his wife Lori and their three young children, Yonatan, Talia, and Tamar, joined our congregation in 1991. Rabbi Cooper is a graduate of The Jewish Theological Seminary. He received a Masters Degree in Rabbinics in 1997 and his Rabbinic ordination in 1979. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and he also received a Masters Degree in Social Work from Columbia University. Before becoming our spiritual leader, he served as Director of Camp Ramah in Canada and Rabbi of Temple Beth Ahm in Aberdeen, New Jersey.
Rabbi Cooper has received numerous honors and awards for his work in the Rabbinate. He received the Max Arzt Distinguished Rabbinic Service Award and an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree both from the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Rabbi Cooper and his wife Lori look forward to welcoming you to Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El.
Hazzan Eugene Rosner has been the Cantor at TBHBE since 1990. He graduated from the Cantor's Institute at The Jewish Theological Seminary with a Bachelor's Degree in Sacred Music and a Diploma of Hazzan. He is also a graduate of Queens College, CUNY with a degree in Mathematics.
Hazzan Rosner has received numerous Solomon Schecter awards for his music and music programming from United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.
He has recorded and produced CD's of Jewish music for our congregants to learn from and enjoy. He directs the synagogue choir and invites all of you to add your voices to the sounds of prayer and celebration here at TBH-BE.
Hazzan Rosner, along with his wife Amy and their children Morey and Elana look forward to meeting you.
Ken Krivitzky just started as our new Executive Director. He comes directly from Towson University Hillel where he was the Hillel Director for the past 8 years. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and has taken graduate classes in Student Affairs at Virginia Tech.
Ken has been an active Experiential Educator, leading many Taglit-Birthright Israel trips and alternative breaks. He is a past group leader for Philadelphia's Operation Understanding and is a former USY advisor.
Ken and his wife Lauren have two young daughters that are excited to be at Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El's camp and Early Childhood Center. Ken looks forward to meeting and greeting you and being able to answer all your questions about TBHBE.
Ann Altus has served our synagogue as teacher and Director of the Early Childhood Center for two generations of Beth Hillel- Beth El families. Under Ann's expert, energetic and creative eyes the Early Childhood Center has grown to be an award winning model of excellence and innovation in early childhood education.
Ann Altus is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and is a sought after mentor for Jewish and secular early childhood education programming throughout the Philadelphia area. She is an active member of the Early Childhood Directors Council of the Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education. Ann initiated the first Jewish special needs early intervention classroom in the entire Philadelphia area. She redesigned our playground to be a state of the art, fully accessible and safe space for all our children. Her creative and child appropriate programming for families and young children along with her warmth and dedication to the importance of positive, well-rounded first educational experiences are the trademarks of the school and the excellent faculty that Ann has nurtured and built here at Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El.
Ann along with her husband Jerry look forward to welcoming all our families, children, parents and grandparents to the family circle that is TBH-BE.
Rabbi Leah Richman, along with her husband, Rabbi Ben Richman and their daughters Hadassah and Eden, have been a part of our TBH-BE family since 2007.
Rabbi Richman, who is now a member of the Rabbinical Assembly of the Jewish Theological Seminary, earned her rabbinical ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She is also a graduate of Brandeis University with a degree in Sociology. Prior to joining the staff at TBH-BE, Leah was the Rabbi and Educational Director at Oheb Zedeck Synagogue Center in Pottsville, PA.
Rabbi Richman has been instrumental in making our holiday and Shabbat services meaningful and family friendly. She has spearheaded the initiation of our Collaborative Hebrew High School and is in the forefront of innovative and effective Jewish education for school aged children K-12.
Rabbi Richman along with her family looks forward to meeting you and sharing her enthusiasm for Jewish life and learning. You can follow her blog at www.leahrichman.blogspot.com