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Rabbi Glenn Ettman

Rabbi Glenn Ettman brings experience, a passion for Jewish life, and compassion for people of all ages to our wonderful Or Ami community.

He describes his rabbinate in these words:

“The strength of my rabbinate lives in the intersection between our collective history and contemporary life.  Only when every member of our community can find relevance and meaning in our ancient history, will we have succeeded.  It is a challenge that is worth accepting. From my background utilizing theatre to convey stories and characters, to my deep love of people and ability to develop meaningful connections across the generations, it is my hope to help each one of us attain new spiritual heights and draw closer to our sense of holiness and purpose.To be a rabbi means to not only teach but to inspire through living. A great Rabbi of the twentieth century, Rabbi Leo Baeck, once said, “A Rabbi must not only deliver a sermon but a Rabbi must also deliver himself”. These are the tenets upon which my rabbinate is founded.”

Most recently, Rabbi Ettman was the Campus Rabbi for Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach, in Boca Raton, Florida, where he oversaw the Jewish Educational programming for three major Universities in South Florida. Prior to that, Rabbi Ettman has been the Senior Rabbi at Temple Beth Tikvah, in Bend, Oregon, and Temple Sinai in Palm Desert, California.  In addition to his congregational work, Rabbi Ettman is a pastoral counselor and served as the Director of Bereavement Services for the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging and the Skirball Hospice, as well as the Rabbi on Staff on St. John’s Medical Centre in Santa Monica. His areas of expertise is grief and trauma counseling.

Prior to Rabbinical school, Rabbi Ettman earned a BA from Brandeis University with honors in Theatre and Judaic Studied and a Master of Arts in Performance and Performance Studies from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.  He was ordained by Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in 2006 in Los Angeles, where he also received a Master’s Degree in Hebrew Letters.  While in Rabbinical School, he received the Cantor William Sharlin Award from Hebrew Union College for excellence in Liturgy. His Rabbinic thesis, entitled “Stage of Torah: A Congregational Guide to Bibliodrama,” melds two of his great loves, theatre and Judaism.

Rabbi Ettman brings to the Or Ami family an open heart, an open ear and an open door to love, laugh and pursue the beauties and challenges of life. In addition to “rabbi-ing”, he is an avid golfer, and enjoys good music, good wine, good books, theater, movies, good conversations, and the greatest gift of all, being a Daddy to his daughter, Shoshana, as they learn, laugh, dance, and explore the world.

He is always a phone call, email, or a text away should you need to chat. Contact Rabbi Ettman at rabbiettman@or-ami.org

 

Cantor Jordan Franzel

Cantor Jordan S. Franzel has served Congregation Or Ami in Lafayette Hill, PA since July of 2002. He received his Masters of Sacred Music from HUC – JIR – Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music and was ordained as a Cantor in 1996.

Prior to his pulpit in Pennsylvania, Cantor Franzel served as Senior Cantor of Central Synagogue in New York City and the Touro Synagogue in New Orleans, Louisiana. He has been on the faculty of the URJ summer Kallah, has been a guest faculty of the Hava Nashira Institute for Jewish Songleaders and Musicians, and has served on the editorial board for the different forms of the union songbook, Shireinu.

Cantor Franzel can be heard on two CDs of Danny Maseng’s liturgical music: “Soul On Fire,” and “Labor of Love,” as well as CDs of 37 of his own compositions, “Experiments in/out Nusach Volumes 1 & 2.” Cantor Franzel’s music has been utilized at Hebrew Union College, various congregations and camps around the country and beyond, and most recently at a URJ biennial. A number of his liturgical settings have been published in several volumes of the Shabbat Anthology published by Transcontinental Music Publications.

Cantor Franzel is a member of the American Conference of Cantors, is a fellow of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, and is a serious and longtime devotee of Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism.

Email Cantor Franzel at: cantor.franzel@or-ami.org

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Go to Cantor Franzel’s website at: www.cantorfranzel.com

 

Rabbi Emeritus Seymour Prystowsky, PH.D.

After serving two years as a Chaplain (Captain) in the U.S. Army, Rabbi Prystowsky came to Congregation Or Ami in Lafayette Hill in 1963 where he served as the spiritual leader for 38 years until his retirement in 2001. He is now Rabbi Emeritus and has a limited practice as a marital and family therapist for both congregants and non-congregants.  Rabbi Prystowsky’s undergraduate degree is from Hunter College in New York; his rabbinical ordination is from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York; where he also received his Doctor of Divinity degree (honorus causa). His Ph.D. is from Dropsie College in Philadelphia, and his certification as a family therapist is from the Department of Family Psychiatry of the Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, Philadelphia.  Dr. Prystowsky has published articles in a number of periodicals and has lectured on both psychology and religion before many groups. He was an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychology at Chestnut Hill College. He served as a family therapist at both the Horsham Clinic and Eugenia Hospital. He was chosen a few years ago by the Central Conference of American Rabbis to be the “Hotline Rabbi” – to counsel by phone rabbis and spouses of the CCAR, both nationally and internationally. He served pro bono in that capacity until his retirement.  Rabbi Prystowsky is a charter member of the American Family Therapy Academy, a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia, the Delaware Valley Association of Reform Rabbis and is currently on the Board of the National Association of Retired Reform Rabbis. Rabbi Prystowsky and his wife Cochava travel extensively and have been to almost 40 countries. They have been to Israel over 25 times.  Rabbi Prystowsky and Cochava, an artist, have two children and four grandchildren.

Fri, December 15 2017 27 Kislev 5778