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CLERGY AND STAFF

RABBI GABRIEL BOTNICK

Ordained by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, Rabbi Gabriel Botnick has been the rabbi at Mishkon Tephilo for four years. He is a certified Mohel, performing Brit Milah, and is the only non-Orthodox Rabbi in the world who is certified by the Israeli Rabbinate to perform kosher slaughter on any animal.  Gabriel is the founder of Tekumah, the first and only Jewish organization dedicated to teaching the holy trades to any Jew interested in learning. Before rabbinical school, he worked for many years as a jeweler, community organizer, and youth director. He previously served as Rabbi of Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills and, before that, was the Rabbinic Intern at IKAR and a long-standing member of its musical prayer team.  

Drawing on his extensive experience as a musician, community organizer, and teacher, Gabriel is passionate about developing innovative and engaging ways to access the Jewish tradition as well as making Judaism relevant and meaningful in our busy, modern lives.  A native of Cleveland, Ohio, he has lived in Los Angeles for more than a decade. Both Gabriel and his wife, Rabbi Rose Prevezer, are longtime lovers of Venice and its vibrant community. They are thrilled to be in the Mishkon Tephilo family and are enjoying their spiritual and communal home. Feel free to call Rabbi Botnick at (310) 392-3029 or on his cell at  (323) 393-3103 or email him at rabbibotnick@mishkon.org

If you would like to schedule a call or online chat with Rabbi Botnick, please click here to request an appointment. 

In-person APPOINTMENTS on hold during Covid-19.

 

KELLEY COURTNEY

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Kelley brings her expertise from Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, where she worked in the  Religious School, Membership, and Database departments for a decade. She is a member of PATA (Professional Association of Temple Administrators). Originally from Detroit and Chicago, she has been here in Los Angeles since the winter of 2003 after a three-year stint in Ft. Lauderdale. She attended Northern Illinois University, majoring in education, and graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in marketing. She loves bowling, dessert making, fixing things, and her talented daughter, Sami, who is an amazing artist and graphic designer. Kelley is thrilled to be part of the wonderful community here at Mishkon.You can reach Kelley at executive@mishkon.org.

 

ROBYN WILLSON

PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR

Robyn joined our team in October 2018. We are thrilled to have her enthusiastic, calm, well-organized leadership. No task seems to overwhelm her, and she made quick work of sorting out our files, rearranging the preschool office, and helping the parents with their improvements in the library and play yard.  She brings 18 years of early childhood experience with her. Robyn's background includes working in before- and after-school programs, as a nanny, and as a teacher in the preschool setting. She has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Human Services, with 26 credit hours in Early Childhood Education. Outside of work, Robyn stays busy with her husband, Jeff, and their daughter Estella, as well as their dog, Towaoc, and cats, Biff and Tulip. They enjoy exploring California on the weekends and, when time allows, traveling all over the world. You can reach Robyn at preschool@mishkon.org.

 

SASHA DOMINGUEZ

RELIGIOUS SCHOOL DIRECTOR

Sasha Dominguez brings to our religious school innovative ideas and practices and a deep love for building relationships and learning through a Jewish lens. She grew up in Tampa, Florida, and attended Indiana University. After graduation, Sasha served a congregation in Miami Beach, Florida, for two years. Her passion for Jewish community and education led her to Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where she earned a dual master's degree in Jewish Education and Jewish Nonprofit Management. She loves being outside and enjoys hiking, climbing, and going to the beach, as well as listening to live music. Sasha is thrilled to be joining the Mishkon Tephilo community. You can reach Sasha at religiousschool@mishkon.org.

 

DANIEL R. SHEVITZ 

RABBI EMERITUS

Afterabbishevitzr 20 years of service as pulpit rabbi of Mishkon Tephilo, Rabbi Dan Shevitz has transitioned to the position of Rabbi Emeritus.  Rabbi Dan is known for many things at Mishkon – preaching, singing, playing accordion, telling stories, reading Torah, and blowing shofar – but most of all for bringing clarity and real-world application to Mitzvot and traditions.

Among his accomplishments, Rabbi Dan is the principal percussionist of the Palisades Symphony Orchestra, a trained sushi chef, a private pilot, a messader gittin (rabbi trained in arranging Jewish divorce), and a Talmud teacher at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies of the American Jewish University. Rabbi Dan lives in Venice with Humuhumunukunuku (lovingly known as Humu), his Mollucan cockatoo.  He can be reached at shevitzdan@gmail.com.

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