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Our Staff

Nancy Seifert Gorod

Director of Congregational Learning ngorod@shearithisrael.com

Nancy Gorod has dedicated her professional career to Jewish education.  She is responsible for providing educational opportunities to our members of all ages.  She oversees Machaneh Shai, our experiential and formal education program for children in kindergarten through 7th grade, Masa, our 8th and 9th grade program, Kadima and USY, our informal youth programs for middle school and high school students, and designs meaningful programs for adult members, parents, and families throughout the year.  Nancy brings tremendous experience to Shearith Israel having served as Program Director and then Education Director at Congregation Etz Chaim in Atlanta, GA, as a Jewish Studies Teacher at The Epstein School in Atlanta, and as an educator at Camp Ramah Darom.

Nancy is a member of the board of the Jewish Educators Assembly, the national organizational for Conservative Jewish Educators.   

She holds a Masters Degree in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York,and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University in Medford, MA. Nancy and her husband, Randy, have two children, Natan and Ilana, who have informal education in their DNA, and are excellent educators in their own right.


 

Andrea Seidel Slomka

Interim Executive Director executivedirector@shearithisrael.com

Andrea Seidel Slomka knows a thing or two about Shearith Israel. On our bimah, she has celebrated 1 wedding (hers + Howie's) and 4 B'nai Mitzvah (her own + her 3 kids' - Liana, Ari and Gil). In our sanctuary, she has read from every parsha of the Torah and received the Joe Cohen Distinguished Service Award. She's an alum of Purim Shpiels, the High Holy Day choir and the Religious Life Committee. On Shabbat, her family sits on the left (facing the bimah) in the 3rd row from the back, often with her parents, Rona and Barry.
 
Andrea feels so honored to join Shearith Israel's staff team as Interim Director during this transitional summer. What could be better than working with dedicated and inspiring people in a place that has been a life-long second home.
 
During the year, Andrea works for Ramah Darom hosting events in the North Georgia mountains. She loves trivia, Broadway show tunes and cooking eggs from her backyard chickens.

 

 

Jacinta Cox

Office Manager bookkeeper@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 newly-wed husband serve as small group leader coaches at their church & she loves to read. They founded a singles ministry in 2015 and hosted their first singles conference in 2018. They organize several community outreaches throughout the year and a second conference is being planned for October 2020.

She lives in Snellville with her husband Robert. They have 3 children -  Andre,  who lives in Florida; Kaitlyn, who lives in Australia; and Jonah, who lives in Stone Mountain.


 

Adam Klein

Member Services Coordinator  marketing@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 have two daughters.


 

Kelly Levine

Communications Contractor  kellyflevine@gmail.com

Kelly Levine maintains the the brand, marketing and communications functions of Congregation Shearith Israel. She works in tandem with the Lay Leaders, Rabbi’s and additional staff members to ensure congregants receive communications in an accurate and timely manner.

In her free time, Kelly volunteers to help out at the local Elementary  School. She lives in Candler Park with her Husband Lenny and their children Llewyn and Simon.


 

Rachel Givarz

Administrative Coordinator  admin@shearithisrael.com 

Rachel Givarz grew up in Marietta at Congregation Etz Chaim.  Growing up, Rachel attended Camp Ramah Darom and was very active in USY. She participated in KSU Hillel and is a regular at Moishe House. After attending Kennesaw State University, she has gone on to pursue her career in Property Management. Rachel works part-time at Shearith Israel as the Administrative Coordinator. She works alongside the rest of the CSI staff to help create a meaningful Jewish experience through Machaneh Shai, USY, and other shul programs.

 

 


 
Sammy Rosenbaum
Summer Rabbinic Intern rabbinicintern@shearithisrael.com
 

Currently based in Los Angeles, Sammy Rosenbaum is an award winning songwriter, musician, and community builder. In between concerts, artist-in-residencies, writing, and recording, Sammy is a student at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. He describes his music as Jewish Inspired Indie Funk. Sammy has released two records entitled "We Are The Ones" and "Lift" -songs for lifting the soul into Shabbat. Sammy has performed and taught his music in over 50 communities around the world. He has performed at SXSW, Treefort Music Festival, The Atlanta Jewish Music Festival, The March of the Living in Poland and more. Sammy has shared the stage with Peter Yarrow, David Broza, and Matisyahu. In 2012 he filmed a documentary series called "Rock Shabbat" which interviewed 85 Jewish musicians from around the country and explored the current state of American Jewish music.

Before moving to Los Angeles to start school he lived in Atlanta, Ga. While there, Sammy found his passion in music as a way to build Jewish community. He co-founded The Well, a musical Shabbat community comprised of over 400 active young professionals. Sammy composed original music for The Well and helped to curate a community built around prayer and meaning. Sammy helped to start, and was a resident in, Moishe House-Virginia Highlands, where he continued his work to build strong Jewish community for Atlanta's young adult Jewish population. Sammy sat on the board of the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival for three years and helped to bring fresh and inspiring Jewish musical performances to the Atlanta area.


 

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, benefitting 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, October 3 2022 8 Tishrei 5783