Rabbi Gabriel Botnick
Ordained by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, we are proud to announce Rabbi Gabriel Botnick as our new rabbi at Mishkon Tephilo. He is a certified Mohel performing Brit Milah, and is the only non-Orthodox Shochet in America certified by the Israeli Rabbinate to perform kosher slaughter. Gabriel is the founder of Tekumah, the first and only Jewish organization dedicated to teaching the holy trades to any Jew interested in learning. Prior to 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 was previously the Rabbinic Intern of 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, and making Judaism relevant and meaningful in our busy, modern lives. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, he has lived in Los Angeles for over a decade. Both Gabriel and his wife, Rose Prevezer, are long-term lovers of Venice and its vibrant community. They are thrilled to be joining the Mishkon Tephilo family and look forward to settling into their new 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. APPOINTMENTS: If you would like to schedule a call, online chat, or in-person meeting with Rabbi Botnick, please click here to request an appointment.
Director, Susan Sims Bodenstein Preschool
Elisa is the program director of the Susan Sims Bodenstein Preschool. She has been a member of the Bodenstein team since October 2005. Elisa has spent the last 25 years in early childhood education. Elisa received her B.A. in Child Development, with a minor in Business Administration, from Humboldt State University. She received her M.A. in Human Development, specializing in Administration, from Pacific Oaks College. Before Mishkon, Elisa spent eight years as the Co-Director of Child Development in the Culver City Unified School District. Elisa has taught child development and administration at West Los Angeles College and Santa Monica College. Elisa was born and raised in Los Angeles. She enjoys searching for treasures at antique flea markets, cooking and going to the movies. Elisa especially loves spending time with her husband, Cliff, and their two daughters, Julia (14) and Isabel (12). Feel free to email Elisa at email@example.com.
Kelley brings her expertise from Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, where she worked in the Religious School, Membership, and Database Departments for nearly ten years. 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. She is thrilled to be part of the wonderful community here at Mishkon.
You can reach Kelley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daniel R. Shevitz, Rabbi Emeritus
After 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 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 email@example.com.
Adam Lautman, Rabbinic Intern
Adam is studying at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at American Jewish University, where he started in the fall of 2014. We are very excited to work with him! He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.