Our Leadership

Rabbi Scott B. Roland

Rabbi Scott B. Roland has served as Rabbi of Congregation Shaarey Tikvah since July of 2016. He was ordained in 2013 by the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in Newton, MA. Prior to and during rabbinical school, Rabbi Roland honed his skills as a Jewish educator and youth professional. He earned his BA from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.

Rabbi Roland is most passionate about Jewish pluralism and education. He strives to pass along a model of Jewish life that is alive, relevant, and walks the line between challenging and building confidence. Rabbi Roland strives to be an exemplar of Jewish life that is passionate and enthusiastic. He hopes to encourage living a Jewish life that is rooted just as much in one’s heart and soul as in our sacred rites and traditions.

Rabbi Roland was raised in a rural area of Northwest New Jersey. He is married to Aviva and together they are the proud parents of Tikvah (their puppy), Moriyah and Nili. As a serial hobbyist, when not in shul he is busying himself with a number of activities including birding, photography, reading, and writing.               rabbi@shaareytikvah.org

                         

Gary Paller, Cantor Emeritus (retired December 2017)

Cantor Gary Paller began his cantorial career with our congregation, known then as Mayfield Hillcrest Synagogue, more than 30 years ago. After a hiatus, he returned to Congregation Shaarey Tikvah in October 1999 as our first full-time cantor. Cantor Gary studied at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York and Jerusalem and majored in music and vocal performance at Cleveland State University. He had also led morning Shabbat services at Park Synagogue. He performs regularly at senior citizens centers and has sung at Cantor’s Concerts, the Workmen's Circle Yiddish Vinkl, and the JCC Third Seder.

Cantor Gary understood that music is an integral part of Jewish worship. From the pulpit, he was able to share his love of Jewish music and encourage the community to participate fully in a unique and inclusive davening experience. He was also available to help those in our community who wished to lead services, chant Haftorah or Torah, or just wanted to better follow the service.

Shaarey Tikvah is a congregation that loves to sing. The vibrant chorus of voices on Shabbat morning added strength to Cantor Gary’s prayers. We welcome your voice to our community of faith as we go from strength to strength!        gdpal@sbcglobal.net

 

Cantor Beth Schlossberg

 Cantor Beth Schlossberg grew up on the Main Line of Philadelphia. After graduating     from the University of Michigan in 2001 with a Bachelor of Music, she spent several     years singing professionally in the classical world with the Philadelphia Opera           Company and the Da Ponte Concert Opera in NYC, and singing in the Jewish world     as a cantorial soloist.  Cantor Beth also taught piano and voice, and ran the Hebrew   School and Pre School music programs at Har Zion Temple, the synagogue she grew   up attending.  In 2003, realizing that the Cantorate was a perfect fit to combine her   love of Judaism and of music, she decided to enroll in the Jewish Theological   Seminary at the H.L. Miller Cantorial School. After being invested in 2008, Cantor   Beth moved to Omaha, Nebraska where she spent 4 years with Beth El Synagogue before joining the Kol Ami family in 2013.  Cantor Beth and her husband Michael are delighted to share in the warmth and vitality of our community.  beth.schlossberg@gmail.com

Martha Sivertson, Executive Director

Martha Sivertson joined our kehillah in September 2013 after spending eight years creating the volunteer program at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. A New Jersey native, Martha moved to San Francisco for a graduate program in art history, then Boston, Georgia, and Maine before being recruited by the Cleveland Museum of Art. A huge baseball fan (Mets, Giants, Red Sox), she quickly adopted the Tribe but you will often catch her and her husband at minor league and professional games alike throughout the Northeast where they dragged their two beautiful daughters summer after summer. Martha earned her Master in Nonprofit Organizations (MNO) from the Mandel Center at Case Western Reserve University in 2006 and her Certified Volunteer Administrator (CVA) in 2007. martha@shaareytikvah.org

 

 

Rabbi Rachel Brown, Director of Congregational Learning

 Rabbi Brown is an adventurer whose route to becoming a rabbi has included   attaining a   degree in architecture from The Bernard Spitzer School of   Architecture at City College of   New York, apprenticing as a carpenter and woodworker, and traveling the Pacific       Northwest by bicycle.  She also holds a motorcycle driver’s license and a private pilot’s   license, and is a certified SCUBA diver.

The driving force of her rabbinate is making Jewish tradition accessible. Rabbi Brown believes that Judaism gives all who have access to it a way to connect to each other and to God, and a language with which to express the inexpressible. She embraces a life of continuing Jewish study and teaching others. Her visionary approach to Jewish life and Jewish education focuses on creating learning and study opportunities for students of all ages across the lifecycle. Rabbi Brown is especially gifted in making traditional customs, texts, and liturgy relevant to a contemporary mindset.

Rabbi Brown was ordained as a Rabbi by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. Before joining CST, she served for ten years as Rabbi and Education Director of Congregation B’nai Jacob, in Phoenixville, PA, and for one year as Rabbi-in-Residence at Congregation Beth Israel in Roanoke, VA. Most recently, Rabbi Brown founded a new pluralistic Jewish girls’ empowerment residential summer camp, Camp Timbrel.

Rabbi Brown lives with her husband, Rabbi Michael Ross, and their son, Gabriel, in Beachwood. Rabbi Ross serves as the Senior Jewish Educator at Hillel at Kent State University and the Rabbi at Temple Beth Shalom in Hudson, where Rabbi Brown also serves as the Education Director. rbrown@shaareytikvah.org

 

Debbie Rosen, Office Manager

Debbie started with Shaarey Tikvah in January 2020 after careers in administration and marketing.    debbie@shaareytikvah.org

 

 

 

 

 

Frank George, Maintenance Manger

Frank, a native of McGraws, West Virginia, started with Shaarey Tikvah in August 1998. Frank keeps the lights on and our very busy building operating smoothly. Frank assists with setup and cleanup for synagogue events,  ongoing maintenance and repair of our property, and provides a charming dash of dry humor to the job! Frank may be best known for his t-shirts -- his favorites are: “Official Kosher Taster” and “Don’t Worry” on the front with “Frank’ll do it” on the back. In the summer months, you can find Frank outside on the riding mower and in the winter months, you can find him shoveling our walkways. He is an integral part of our synagogue community and is quick to go the extra mile to help our congregants.

 Dr. Joshua Gordon, Board President

   An extraordinary group of members who bring a wealth of experience in law,     business, education, social services, real estate, management, strategic planning,   fundraising, and Jewish life to their work, the Shaarey Tikvah Board of Trustees   meets monthly to set the overall strategic direction for the organization. Board   members serve a 2-year term, unless they are presidential appointment, in which   case they serve a 1-year term. The Executive Committee also meets monthly; two   past presidents, selected by the Board president each year, are key members of the   Executive Committee to provide organizational history, consistent direction, and   breadth of experience to the Committee.

  cstpresident@shaareytikvah.org

Executive Committee
President Josh Gordon
Executive VP Jessi Shapiro
VP Deborah Coleman
VP Ruth Hatchuel
Secretary Irit Rawraway
Assistant Secretary Isaac Kirstein
Treasurer Jeff Cohen
Assistant Treasurer Leslie Sobel
Immediate Past President Jeff Epstein
Past Presidents     Marvin Engelberg
  Stuart Sharpe
  David Hutt
  David Leavitt
  Sharon Fagin

 

Roberta Karsh Kaplan

Amy Einhorn

Leslie Sobel

Eric Kodish

Board Members
  Beth Kuritzky
  Joel Gabelman
  Gabe Tannenbaum
  Jamie Stadlin
  Rachael Parkin
   
   
 

 

By president’s appointment  
By president’s appointment  
Men's Club Representative                                                Richard Friedman
Sisterhood Representative Shirley Edelman
Ex-Officio Members  
 Rabbi Scott B. Roland
Executve Director Martha Sivertson