Please call me ‘Rabbi Rick’ I enjoy and appreciate the honor of serving our region’s Jewish community. My family arrived here in Fresno in 2011 after having served a congregation in the Bay Area since ordination from the Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati campus in 1995. My wife, Rabbi Laura Novak Winer and I met at U.C. Santa Barbara where we studied in U.C.S.B.’s highly rated Religious Studies department. Rabbi Laura currently teaches at the Los Angeles campus of Hebrew Union College, commuting south for a few days a week when classes are in session. We have two sons, Saul and Max. The boys and I earned our black belts in Okinawan Karate and continue to participate in athletics. We all enjoy music as well. Over the years, I’ve dabbled in Jewish folklore and mysticism, Kabbalah, and teach units in a variety of areas of Jewish interest. We’ve been building upon the foundation of interfaith relationships pioneered by Rabbi David Greenberg here many years ago. I’m honored to serve on the board of Faith in the Valley and work toward stronger interfaith connections in our valley. Here at Temple Beth Israel, we strive to create engaging spiritual moments, nurture educational involvement for all ages and perpetuate the Jewish values that lead us all to taking part in making our world a better place. Please don’t hesitate to discuss with me how you can get involved.
And you can send me an email here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeanna Gailar-Francis, (M.A., Relgious Education) has been the Education Director at Temple Beth Israel since 1992. Prior to that, Jeanna was Religious School Principal of Congregation Beth Jacob in Fresno and Congregation Beth Israel-Judea in San Francisco. She has had the joy of being a part of the lives of a generation of young Jews in Fresno. Most recently, Jeanna received her Master of Arts in Religious Education from HUC in New York. Jeanna brings both years of experience and cutting edge ideas to TBI Religious School. email@example.com
Debbie Lowe has been the Administrator at Temple Beth Israel since 2016. Prior to that she worked at several charitable non-profits in Fresno. Being a native Fresnan Debbie grew up here and raised her three now grown daughters. She enjoys many things including cycling, quilting, music, and just about anything outdoors. Debbie truly enjoys being part of the Temple Beth Israel family. DebbieL@tbifresno.org
Sharon Smith has been the part-time administrative assistant since 2013. Prior to that, she was the advisor for the high school youth group. As advisor, she loved to be surrounded by the enthusiasm and energy of our wonderful teens. When not greeting visitors to Temple or schmoozing with congregants on the phone, Sharon is a part-time Special Education teacher and mother of three grown children who have all served leadership roles at Temple Beth Israel. Sharons@tbifresno.org