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  Rabbi Steven L. Silver

Rabbi Silver was born in Boston and raised in Anaheim, California. He is a product of Temple Beth Emet, then under the spiritual leadership of the late Rabbi Aaron J. Tofield and Cantor Phillip Modell. He graduated from UCLA in 1974 with a BA in Ancient Near Eastern History. He then went on to graduate study in Jewish history and is a credentialed teacher. He received his Masters in Hebrew Letters in 1982, and was ordained Rabbi by the Hebrew Union College -Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, Ohio in 1984. He was assistant Rabbi at Congregation Emanu El in Houston, Texas for three years, and came to Temple Menorah in 1987. Rabbi Silver is the father of three children, Jesse, Lena and Talya, all of whom are currently university students active in Hillel and teaching in their local synagogues.

Rabbi Silver has brought great growth in membership, expansion of educational offerings and services, and a vision of a totally involved congregation serving the spiritual needs of Jews in our South Bay Community. His Hevrat Torah class will celebrate its 20th year of continuous Torah study and dialogue in the Fall of 2007. He has also instituted a weekly Shabbat morning service which will celebrate its 18th anniversary.

Over the years, under Rabbi Silver’s guidance, the focus of the congregation has been on Jewish education in all its permutations. Tuvia has grown to be the largest Jewish pre-school in the South Bay; the Day Camp, also the largest Jewish Day Camp in the South Bay, has delivered informal Jewish identity for over 10 years; the Religious School has the highest Bureau of Jewish Education accredidation, and adults enjoy classes and seminars in all aspects of Jewish cultural tradition.

Temple Menorah is truly the “education synagogue”.

Email: rabbi@templemenorah.org


Cantorial Soloist Stacey Morse

Born of a brilliant hippie Democrat and a Republican “McGyver,” our Cantorial Soloist Stacey Morse lives for harmony – in all forms. Her family joined Temple Menorah after they drove from New York, harmonizing all the way. She was given her Hebrew name, Shira (song), by Temple Menorah's erstwhile Cantor Avshalom Cohen. Stacey's family’s havurah created Congregation Tifereth Jacob, now Congregation Tikvat Jacob-Beth Torah, in Manhattan Beach.

Since becoming the first bat mitzvah in the history of CTJ, our sheliach tzibbur (messenger of the congregation) has led services and life-cycle events throughout the country, internationally, and on the high seas. By invitation, Stacey led services for our armed forces. She has created and led healing services and drum circles, harmonized for an R&B label, and is honored to have sung with Cantors Phil Baron, Ilan Davidson and Hershel Fox. She is thrilled to be here and working with Rabbi Silver, Dan Spector, our band Za'atar, our youth, and the Temple Menorah choir.

Stacey attended Mira Costa, Brandeis University, CSUDH, and the Academy of Jewish Religion, and studied privately with Cantor William Sharlin (z”l). (También habla y entiende el español, pero es una historia muy larga!) After receiving her Masters degree, Stacey taught English grammar and literature, religion, and Hebrew to children and adults. She has also been writer, photographer, and editor for calendars, newspapers, and magazines, as well as a physics journal at UCLA. She may well hold the record for oddest jobs while working on a theses. Stacey believes that everyone has a challenge to overcome and a superpower to share. She sings with all her heart, soul, and might.

Like the rest of the Morse family, Stacey has sailed and ridden motorcycles her whole life. She loves to camp and kayak, and is a member of a Southern California Renaissance Faire Guild, as well as a member of the Redondo Beach C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team).

Most of all, Stacey loves to hear the congregation sing. Come make a joyful music with our Cantorial Soloist Stacey Morse!

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