Temple Emanuel of Tempe

Clergy

Rabbi Dean Shapiro

Rabbi Dean Shapiro

Dean Shapiro has served as our rabbi since Summer 2011. For him, synagogue should be an oasis of peace, joy, and solace within a busy city. He leads our Shabbat and Holy Day services with warmth and creativity. He is a gifted teacher of adults, and beloved by the kids in our community. He is a caring counsellor and listener. Rabbi Dean crafts transformative lifecycle ceremonies, including bris/baby naming, bar and bat mitzvah, conversion, weddings, and funerals.

Rabbi Dean is a graduate of Clal's Clergy Leadership Incubator, a fellowship of Rabbis Without Borders; participates in Tempe's Interfaith Ministry work; and writes a monthly column on spirituality for the East Valley Tribune. He received rabbinic ordination and a certificate in Jewish Communal Service from Hebrew Union College and a Bachelor's Degree, with Honors, from Harvard College. A former movie industry executive who specialized in international distribution of feature films (including the hit "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"), he has lived in Israel, New Zealand, Spain, and Egypt. Prior to Temple Emanuel, Rabbi Dean served Jewish communities in Auckland, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area.

He and his partner, Haim Ainsworth, have a young son.

Rabbi Jason Bonder

Rabbi Jason Bonder

Jason Bonder grew up with two major passions in life - Judaism and sports. Those two passions combined when Jason had the opportunity to play in the first, and only, season of professional baseball in Israel. Even though the professional league folded, the feeling of combining his secular and religious passions has never faded. Rabbi Jason hopes to show people of all ages how ancient texts and traditions do not have to be at odds with their secular interests and passions. Rabbi Jason is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, PA. He earned his Master's Degree from the Graduate School of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, and his Bachelor's Degree, Magna Cum Laude, from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. He and his wife, Rina Lebovitz, are currently being taught how to parent by their young son, Mark.

Cantorial Soloist Emily Kaye

Cantorial Soloist Emily Kaye

Emily Kaye is a gifted leader of Jewish prayer, and a dedicated teacher of Torah. From an early age, Emily has been performing and attending Shabbat services regularly. As a member of the Guild of Temple Musicians, in 2012 she was on the selection committee for the Ruach 5773 album. In 2011, Emily and her brother Eric Kaye released their first album Magadlu comprised of original melodies to traditional Hebrew prayers. For more than twelve years, she has enjoyed teaching at Jewish overnight camps, day camps, days schools, and religious schools around the Valley. She has performed all over Arizona in cover bands, big bands, and countless small groups and combos. Her love of music inspired her to open her own music lesson studio in North Scottsdale where she teaches private voice and piano. Emily received her degree in Music Education with an emphasis in Voice from Ottawa University.

Staff

Tanya Stabinsky

Tanya Swezey Stabinsky

Interim Preschool Director

Tanya Swezey Stabinsky has 25 years’ experience teaching and directing early childhood programs, including campus child care, community based programming and parent cooperatives.

Before joining Yad B’ Yad and returning to her passion for direct service with parents, staff and children, Tanya served as an Early Care and Education Inclusion Coach in Central Phoenix. With a BS in Human Development and master’s work in counseling psychology, Tanya is also a parent of 5, a graduate of two infant family mental health certificate programs; including being a Fellow of the University of Massachusetts Boston Infant-Parent Mental Health Post-Graduate Program in Napa, CA. Tanya endorsed as a 0-5 Transdisciplinary Mental Health Practitioner in California. Tanya’s professional endeavors include founding a model relationship based Early Childhood program, speaking both locally and nationally on hot topics in Early Care and Education, and being a Mentor Teacher for the California Early Childhood Mentor Teacher Program. Tanya’s passion is reflective practice work with teachers and parents and her expertise is visionary leadership of LLCs and non-profits benefitting children and families through best practice.

Whether inside or outside the classroom Tanya’s role is to mentor parents and teachers with a balanced individualized approach. Her approach is based on what works best for communities of practice while capitalizing on inherent strengths of children, parents and teachers.

Jocelyn Richards

Jocelyn Richards

Interim Director of Human Resources & Finance

Jocelyn has been Finance Manager of Temple Emanuel since April 2014. Previously, she served for eleven years as the Finance & Human Resources Director of Upper Valley Waldorf School in Vermont. In her work with the Waldorf school and with other organizations Jocelyn has accumulated over three decades of experience and education in her field, in non-profit, educational and retail settings.

Jocelyn holds a BA from Vermont College with an emphasis in Writing and Fine Art. She is the mother of two grown daughters, Erika, 25, who lives in Vermont, and Hayley, 22, who with her husband lives in Mesa. When not crunching numbers, Jocelyn enjoys hiking, camping, swimming and other outdoor adventures, as well as reading, writing and painting.

Rebecca Weinstein

Rebecca Weinstein

Interim Director of Membership & Administration

Rebecca began at Temple Emanuel as the Membership & Engagement Manager in February 2014 and loves being a part of the Temple Emanuel team. A native of Henderson, NV, Rebecca came to Arizona in 2005 and has called it home ever since. Rebecca received her bachelor’s degree in theatre and business from Northern Arizona University and worked as a professional Stage and Company Manager for Arizona Broadway Theatre, Ballet Arizona, the Kingmen Shakespeare Festival and Sesame Street Live! After her time on the road, Rebecca returned to AZ and worked at Hillel Jewish Student Center at Arizona State University supervising a group of amazing students (many of whom grew up at Temple Emanuel!). She also completed her certification in Non-Profit Leadership from the Generation Next Academy at ASU’s Lodestar Center. In her free time, Rebecca is still involved with the local theatre scene. She serves as a board member for the ariZoni Theatre Awards, adjudicating local theater productions.

She and her husband Josh, an IT Manager and musician, have recently undertaken their latest production, their young daughter, Olivia.

Eve Goodman

Eve Goodman

Administrative Assistant

Eve Goodman has worked as an administrative professional for more than twenty years, almost half of which has been in the Jewish community. In addition, she has taught Hebrew to both adults and children in a classroom setting and as a private tutor. Eve has lived in Phoenix since the age of 5, and has been an active participant in the Jewish community since childhood. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, singing in the Temple choir and spending time with family and friends. She is married to Darrin Goodman and together they have one son, two daughters and one daughter-in-law. Eve loves interacting with people and enjoys using her organizational skills to serve the community of Temple Emanuel as the Administrative Assistant.

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Sue Dermer

Religious School Office Assistant

Sue was born and raised in Chicago, moving to Phoenix in 1963. After graduation from Central High School, Sue attended Arizona State University, graduating with a degree in Elementary Education. During her 32 years of teaching in Mesa Public schools, she was on the board of the Arizona Education Association as well as the Mesa Education Association, where she served as President in 1983-4. Sue joined Temple Emanuel in 1997. She began working in the Religious school office in 2001. In addition, Sue teaches Torah study to the third and fourth graders and leads prayer class for the b’nei mitzvah students.

Adrian Turner

Adrian Turner

Custodian

Adrian has been with Temple Emanuel since fall 2013. He started at TEOT as a part time evening custodian until assuming the role as full time custodian in May of 2014. Previously, he worked as a school bus driver with the Tempe Union High School District. His time as a school bus driver were some of the greatest experiences of his life.

Adrian is a life-long East Valley resident who grew up in Mesa. He has two daughters, Amanda, 14, and Mia, 7, who live with their mother in Gilbert.

 

Luis Vasquez

Part-Time Custodian

 

Esli Arvizo

Part-Time Custodian