Clergy and Staff

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  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.

Ellen Aiken

Education Director, Susan Sims Bodenstein Preschool and Mishkon Religious School

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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 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.

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Daniel Rrabbishevitz. 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