Clergy and Staff

Cantor Paul Frimark

Cantor Frimark's involvement in the Jewish community and Jewish music started at a young age. As a Hebrew school student at Temple Sinai in Philadelphia, he had Rabbi Sidney Greenberg z"l and Hazzan Nathan Chaitovsky as role models and mentors. As a member of the Temple Sinai Youth Chorale, Cantor Frimark developed his love of singing, music and leading services.

While in high school, he formed a Jewish rock band, N'shamah, that performed at functions throughout the Philadelphia area. N'shamah later morphed into Shir Chadash, which became the "go-to" band for the next 25 years in the Delaware Valley for Jewish music for weddings, B'nai Mitzvah and other synagogue and community events. During these years, Paul was emcee for many Israel Independence Day celebrations, including one also celebrating the U.S. Bicentennial, he performed at Soviet Jewry rallies and, along with Shir Chadash, accompanied Joan Rivers z"l during her visit to Philadelphia for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

As Cantor of Ohev Shalom of Bucks County for twenty years, Cantor Frimark officiated or co-officiated at countless weddings, B'nai Mitzvah, baby namings, funerals, shiva minyanim, unveilings and other life cycle events. Cantor Frimark is a graduate of Gratz College Jewish Community High School, Temple University, and also earned a Graduate Certificate in Jewish Music and a Master of Arts in Jewish Music from Gratz College.

Cantor Frimark has joined our clergy team as the keystone of our presence on the bima. He works with our B’nai Mitzvah students and leads B’nai Mitzvah services, Friday night Adult and Family Shabbat services and some Torah study sessions. Cantor Frimark will be leading our newly resurrected morning Family Services and Munchkin Services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. He works with our Religious School and ELC classes leading worship, music programs and Shabbat Sing as well as meeting the students in their classrooms. He leads Shabbat Munchkin Minyans monthly throughout the year as well as other holiday programming.

cantor.frimark@templejudea.org


Rabbi Elliot Strom

We are thrilled to welcome Rabbi Strom to our bima to lead adult day and evening services during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Rabbi Strom also leads some additional programs for us throughout the year. Check back on our website and watch the calendar for upcoming dates.

Rabbi Strom is well known in Bucks County as Founding Rabbi and now Rabbi Emeritus of Shir Ami. He retired in 2014 after 35 years as the full time senior rabbi. As spiritual leader of Shir Ami, Rabbi Strom served and contributed to the boards of directors of many community organizations, including his advocacy on behalf of the American Red Cross Homeless Shelter and Habitat for Humanity. In 2015 Rabbi Strom completed and published his first novel, Rabbi, Run.


  Rabbi Richard Simon

In January, 2017, we welcomed Rabbi Richard Simon to our clergy team as Adjunct Rabbi. Rabbi Simon has been a student and teacher of spirituality for the past 40 years. He was ordained by the great contemporary Kabbalist, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z’l, in 1985. Rabbi Simon has also studied with teachers of Sufism, Western Mysticism, Wicca, Buddhism, and Shamanism. He is currently a board member, teacher and monk-in-training at the Pine Wind Zen Center in Shamong, NJ. Rabbi Simon is Rabbi Emeritus for Temple Har Zion in Mt. Holly, NJ, where he served for the past 30 years, and is a full-time hospice chaplain. Rabbi Simon spends a weekend with us approximately once a month. He leads Friday night services, teaches Saturday morning Torah study and has been teaching a series on Kabbalah on Saturday mornings at 10:30 am. Check the synagogue calendar for dates.


Leah Gilboa Hill, Certified Chaplain

We are very excited to welcome Leah Gilboa Hill back to Temple Judea. Leah formerly worked for Temple Judea as B’nai Mitzvah Tutor and Para-Rabbi. She has returned in the role of Chaplain to support the pastoral needs of the congregation. Leah keeps in touch with our home-bound congregants, makes hospital and home visits, officiates at funerals and shiva services as well as baby namings, and supports community members through the grieving process after the loss of a loved one. She has also returned to her role as B'nai Mitzvah Tutor.

Leah has more than twenty years’ experience as a chaplain in both synagogue and hospital settings. She also serves as Para-Rabbi and Chaplain for Doylestown Health’s Pine Run Retirement Community. She trained as a chaplain at Thomas Jefferson University and Penn Foundation Behavioral Healthcare in Sellersville. Leah earned her BA in Liturgy and a Masters in Jewish Studies with emphasis on Ancient Rabbinic Text from Gratz College.

leah@templejudea.org


Gail Becker Gail Becker, Executive Director

Gail and her husband Steve have been members of Temple Judea since 1985. After many years of active membership, Gail “jumped the fence” from President to Executive Director in 2007. “It has given me the greatest pleasure to incorporate my professional life into my Jewish life,” she says.

Gail brought to the position more than 20 years of business experience working for small to large businesses of various kinds as employee, consultant and business owner. She has an undergraduate degree in Secondary Education with a major in English and a MS in Clinical and Counseling Psychology.

“I love the community at Temple Judea because it is down to earth and you can be yourself with no pretensions. Our community is made up of people of diverse backgrounds and varying practices relating to Judaism. And it’s all good!”

Gail has five sons and five grandchildren. When she’s not working or otherwise engaged in synagogue life, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

gailb@templejudea.org


Rebecca Slavin-Philips, Religious School Director

My passion is Jewish Education. My enthusiasm is spurred by sharing our wonderful culture and traditions with young inquiring minds. My journey has led me to working in both informal and formal Jewish educational venues. My experience began as a teacher, then as Assistant Principal of a regional Hebrew High School, Education and Youth Director at a large New Jersey synagogue, and most recently Principal of K-10 at a large area synagogue. My students have included Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and Ultra-Orthodox Jews. I am committed to tolerance, diversity and pluralism for all Jews and religious beliefs.

I earned my Bachelor's degree in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh followed by a Master's degree from Drew University with a certificate in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. I earned my PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. My dissertation topic was "Tradition and Individualism in Suburbia: An Ethnographic Study of Orthodox Jewish Women."   

Education is best served as a team effort between the student and parents, teachers and administrators. My goal for our Religious School and Confirmation Academy is to promote a successful learning environment that is fun, content-rich and engaging. I am excited to be joining you in shaping our Religious School, Confirmation Academy and B’nai Mitzvah Program.

Dr. Rebecca and her husband Jake, live in Blue Bell. They have one infant son, Asher.

rebecca@templejudea.org


Sheryl Milstein Sheryl Milstein, Director Small Wonders at Temple Judea

Sheryl has been the director of Temple Judea’s Nursery School and Kindergarten since June 2000.  She holds a BS in Early Childhood Education from Temple University, as well as a Jewish Education teaching certificate from Gratz College.

Sheryl came to Temple Judea with more than 20 years’ experience teaching children from pre-school through kindergarten at various private schools throughout the Philadelphia area. She also spent 12 years teaching religious school to third, fourth and fifth graders.

Sheryl greatly enjoys the strong feeling of community at the school and looks forward to having new families introduce their children into this wonderful, warm Jewish environment.

Sheryl and her husband Scott live in Holland, Pennsylvania. They have two adult children and two grandchildren. Sheryl is especially proud that both of her children have chosen to go into the field of education.

sherylm@templejudea.org


Sherrie Klein, Assistant Religious School Director

We are very happy welcome Sherrie Klein to our staff as Assistant Religious School Director. Sherrie assists Steve Weintraub as Assistant Director as well as serving in the roles of Hebrew Specialist, PACE Coordinator/Teacher, Family B’nai Mitzvah/Havdalah teacher and teacher of our 9th grade class.

Sheryl Rosenberg Klein, CJE, M.A.J.Ed, has been involved in Jewish Education (formal and informal) for over 30 years.  She holds a BA in psychology with a concentration in developmental psychology from Temple University and a Masters Degree in Jewish Education, Administration from Gratz College.  Sherrie received a Teacher’s Certificate from the Philadelphia Board of License for Teachers and Principals in Jewish Schools and Permanent Principal’s License from JESNA in 1991.  Sherrie is a member of the Jewish Educators Assembly and served as president of the Delaware Valley Region. She currently serves on the Principal’s Council of Jewish Learning Venture, is a member of and host for the Delaware Valley Israel Scouts Friendship Caravan Committee.  Sherrie has published many articles with a focus on family education, many of which appear in Etz Hayim Hi: A Handbook for Jewish Family Life (published by ACAJE).  She is proud to be a Life Member of Hadassah. 

sherrie@templejudea.org


Temple Judea of Bucks County
38 Rogers Road
PO Box 109
Furlong, PA 18925

 

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