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Genea Moore

Executive Director genea.moore@shearithisrael.com

Congregation Shearith Israel is thrilled to welcome our new Executive Director, Genea Moore, to the community. Genea was most recently the Executive Director of Midway Jewish Center in Syosset, New York. She began her career, and journey to conversion, as a clergy assistant at Port Washington’s The Community Synagogue. Genea then spent 10 years at New York City’s Central Synagogue learning and growing professionally under the mentorship of the Executive Director. You can learn more about Genea in the following 2020 article published by USCJ: “For This Woman of Color, An Early Career Move Led Her to a Life of Judaism” and Genea’s personal account of her journey “It’s My Anniversary.


 

Sharon Graetz

Director of Youth Education sharon.graetz@shearithisrael.com

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Sharon moved to Northern California with her family when she was six years old. She graduated from UC Davis with degrees in History and Latin American Studies. Sharon is a graduate of Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, with Master of Arts degrees in Jewish Education and Jewish Nonprofit Management.  
 
Sharon has embraced a wide array of positions within the Jewish community, with experiences ranging from Limudim Director at IKAR in Los Angeles, to being part of the leadership team at Jewish Kids Groups. Most recently, she enjoyed her role as Director of Education at Ahavath Achim Synagogue, where she collaborated with students, staff, and families to revitalize youth and family programming. Sharon is driven by her passion to infuse deep Jewish learning with positive and fun experiences.
 
Sharon lives in Kirkwood with her husband, Adam, and their son, Milo. She loves cooking, winding down with a good book, and exploring Atlanta’s eclectic neighborhoods by bike. She is excited to join the Congregation Shearith Israel community as Director of Youth Education.


 

Jacinta Cox

Office Manager jacinta.cox@shearithisrael.com

Jacinta Cox has been part of the Congregation Shearith Israel family since December of 2010 after moving to Atlanta from North Carolina.  She is responsible for processing all incoming payments including dues, donations, as well as school and event registrations.  She is also responsible for member management, monthly billing and statements.  Her and her husband, Robert serve as Pre-married Life facilitators at their church. They founded a singles ministry in 2015 and hosted their first singles conference in 2018. They organize several community outreaches and events throughout the year.

They are a blended family with 3 young adult children— Andre, who lives in Florida; Kaitlyn, who lives in New York and Jonah, who lives here in Atlanta.


 

Adam Klein

Member Services Coordinator adam.klein@shearithisrael.com 

Adam Klein joined the community and staff of Shearith Israel in spring 2017. Adam’s previous experience in Jewish communal service includes roles as Program Director for Hillel at The University of Georgia in his hometown of Athens as well as Group Leader for countless American Jewish World Service service-learning programs in Latin America, Africa, and India. He and his wife, Judith, have two daughters.

 

 

Ori Salzberg

Spiritual Music Innovator orisalzberg@gmail.com
 

I am so excited to accept the position of Spiritual Music Innovator! I was inspired to collaborate in crafting this part time position after listening to many fellow congregants about their passions and hopes for our Shul community. I too have been feeling more and more centered and connected through my budding role with Minyan Shelanu!

I grew up in Monsey, NY in a maximally engaged orthodox community. Studying talmud at a young age, benefiting from day schools, religious-zionist summer camp experiences, NCSY and more - I always felt the push to give back to religious life. After high school I kicked off 9 years in Israel, studying in Hesder Yeshivot, serving in the IDF, attending the Rimon School of Modern Music and finally getting my degree in Philosophy & Musicology at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. I also met my wife Navit in Jerusalem and together we’ve built a home in Atlanta with now 3 kids!

The path that has brought me here has been a complex one, and I feel that here at Shearith I encounter colleagues & friends that raise the level of my own spiritual practice. They also challenge me to think of new ways to engage in rooted ritual and Jewish education so that it deepens our communal and personal lives.

As Spiritual Music Innovator I will be working with you, the congregation, in building innovative musical, energetic practices that will enrich our sanctuary Tefila as well as spiritual practices outside of the sanctuary. WE are the ones who can make this happen! Sounds vague - need examples?

  1. Cultivating a cohort of Shlichei Tzibbur - prayer leaders who craft new standards for singing and joy in the sanctuary.
  2. Leading services at times in the sanctuary, at times in the chapel, growing Minyan Shelanu, holding special Shabbatot with special invitations to a broader crowd.
  3. Collaborating with Rabbi Kaiman on our newly forged singing circle.
  4. Creating new educational on ramps for tweens and teens, before and after Mizvah time.

I’m pumped and I can’t wait to discuss it in greater detail with all of you!

Rav Todot - Many Thanks,
Ori

Mon, May 27 2024 19 Iyyar 5784