Administration : Gershon A. Levine, Executive Director
Gershon was born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. A graduate of Yeshiva University High School, and New York University, Gershon spent most of his formative years as an activist in the Soviet Jewry movement. A lifelong Zionist, Gershon made Aliyah to Israel in 1981 and served in the Israel Defense Forces as an infantryman. While living in Jerusalem, Gershon met his future wife Rabbi Andrea Gouze. They returned to the US in 1987 and Gershon went back to school eventually receiving his MA from Brandeis University's Hornstein Program in Jewish Communal Service. He has held various positions including: Cultural Arts Director of the JCC of Indianapolis, Assistant to the Director of the Bureau of Jewish Education in Cleveland, Community Relations Council Director for the Jewish Federation of Rhode Island; Program Director for the Striar JCC in Stoughton and the Assistant Director for the New England Regional Office of the Anti Defamation League.
Gershon and Andrea have been active members of Emanu El since 1994 and have enjoyed watching their children Eitan, Daniella, Nili and Aurora grow up in the Temple community. Gershon has taught adult education for the Temple and the Gerim Institute, focusing on Jewish film, Israel and the Middle East, Hebrew and High Holidays. He also served as an educator for the Harry Elkin Midrasha. For over a decade, Gershon has written the book for the Temple Emanu El Purim Shpiel, which he will continue writing – as long as people continue laughing!
Gershon is overjoyed to be bringing his professional expertise to the synagogue he loves. Please make sure to stop by his office, the door is always open. To e-mail Gershon, [email protected].
Administration : Miriam Abrams-Stark, Director of Congregational Learning
Miriam is our newly appointed Director of Congregational Learning. In this new position, Miriam will be overseeing and coordinating many of our educational programs including the Religious School Director and USY coordinator. Miriam has worked at Temple Emanu-El since 1995 as the synagogue's Youth Coordinator. She graduated with honors from SUNY-Binghamton in 1980, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Judaic Studies. In 1982 she received a Master's degree in Social Work, with a concentration in Group Work from Yeshiva University's Wurzweiler School of Social Work. She has worked with youth and teens for over 25 years in Jewish Community Centers, various summer camp settings, and synagogues. She has been a USY advisor/director for the past 20 years. Under her direction, our youth program has won numerous awards, including the New England Regional USY prestigious "Chapter of the Year", this past spring 2008, and the most exciting award, the "International Chapter of the Year" in 2001. In addition to working with our youth, Miriam has also served as the Leisure Club Coordinator for our older adult population, and as the 'Yad B'Yad-Partners in Learning' Coordinator. She has also assisted in the Temple's Havurah and Jr. Congregation programs. She can be reached by e-mail at [email protected]. She is always interested in hearing new ideas, suggestions or concerns.
Administration : Paul Stouber , Ritual Director
Paul Stouber is Temple Emanu-El's new Ritual Director. Born and raised in Flushing, New York, Paul has always been active in the Jewish community, particularly in synagogue life. Throughout his teenage and early adult years, Paul sang in his temple's High Holiday choir and led its youth services. Upon moving to Providence in 1989, Paul brought his skills to Temple Emanu-El, where he became a service leader and Torah reader, an active participant in the temple Choral Club, and a long-time songwriter and performer in its hallmark Purim Spiel. Paul has also served on Temple Emanu-El's Board of Directors since 2001, with stints as Treasurer and Vice President for Financial Development. Community-wide, Paul has taught at the Jewish Community Day School and has served on the Boards of Jewish Family Service and Harry Elkin Midrasha.
Prior to assuming his new role at Temple Emanu-El, Paul was the executive director and owner of The Princeton Review of Rhode Island. He holds a BA in Mathematics from Rhode Island College and MS in Finance from Boston College.
Paul is blessed with the love and support of his wife, Donna, and their daughters, Abby and Zmira. To email Paul [email protected].
Administration: Meital Cafri, Advancement and Membership Coordinator
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Meital moved to Providence to earn her BA in Sports, Entertainment, and Event Management and MBA with a concentration in Hospitality from Johnson & Wales University. Over the past few years, Meital has become very involved in the Rhode Island Jewish community, especially with young Jewish professionals. Prior to working for Temple Emanu-El, Meital worked as the Institutional Advancement Assistant for Jewish Community Day School of Rhode Island, where she worked in development, marketing, and recruitment. While living in Los Angeles, she served as the intern for the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation, where she assisted with marketing, development, and fundraising efforts. Meital is a triplet and attended a Jewish day school and a modern orthodox high school. She is half Israeli and fluent in Hebrew.
Meital really looks forward to strengthening the community by encouraging long-term relationships with current members and future members. Please contact Meital at [email protected]