Rabbi George Gittleman
Rabbi George Gittleman joined Shomrei Torah as our first full time rabbi in 1996. In 1991 he embarked on his rabbinical journey after 8 years in computer sales, obtaining a Masters in Hebrew Letters and Ordination from the Reform Seminary, Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in 1996. Rabbi George is also a Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the prestigious Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, and a graduate of the Rabbinic Leadership Program of The Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
Rabbi Stephanie Kramer
Rabbi Stephanie Kramer, our Assistant Rabbi/Education Director, oversees all aspects of congregational education, including STaRS, the B’nei Mitzvah program, Tot Shabbat, youth activities (including helping with Chaverim) and Lifelong Learning. As Assistant Rabbi, Stephanie is also involved in other aspects of temple life. Stephanie’s roots in Judaism go back to her youth and the influence of amazing rabbis she met along the way. Stephanie resides in Santa Rosa with her husband Adam and their son Micah.
Cantor David Frommer
Cantor David Frommer joins Shomrei Torah in July 2013. The Manhattan native received his B.A. in history with honors from Yale University and sang with Magevet, Yale’s Jewish a cappella group, performing across the US and internationally in Canada, Europe and the UK. After college, David volunteered for fifteen months as a combat soldier in the Nachal Infantry Division of the Israel Defense Forces, where he served with distinction in the West Bank. During the next five years, he pursued his cantorial studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music and trained as a chaplain with the New York Army National Guard.
Following his investiture from HUC-JIR, David deployed overseas as the first-ever
cantor to serve as a chaplain in the US military, providing religious support for Jewish
soldiers and civilians stationed in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Jordan, and Qatar. He is married to Rabbi Carla Fenves.
Read Cantor Frommer’s New York Times Blog on Hanukkah and War
Cantor David Frommer’s essay, “Understanding War Through Hanukkah,” appeared recently in the New York Times’ “At War: Notes From the Front Lines” guest commentary series. Cantor Frommer served as a United States Army Chaplain in Afghanistan and Kuwait, and is currently a Battalion Chaplain with the California Army National Guard. Click here to read his trenchant and inspiring thoughts on the meaning of Hanukkah and the nature of war.
Click here to hear Cantor Frommer.
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