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Our Clergy & Staff

If you are trying to contact us in case of a pastoral emergency, such as:

  • Death or imminent death in the family

  • Moving a loved one to hospice

  • Receiving a terminal diagnosis

  • Emergency medical issues or accidents

Please contact Cantor Bromberg directly at (505) 553-4252. For non-urgent pastoral mattters (such as routine surgery or other hospitalization), please call during office hours or email Cantor at  cantorbromberg@nertamidsd.org.

 

Our Interim Spiritual Leader Cantor Caitlin Bromberg

Cantor Caitlin (O’Sullivan) Bromberg is thrilled to be joining Ner Tamid Synagogue as Interim Spiritual Leader.  Passionate about building community through deepening ties to Judaism and each other, Cantor Bromberg hopes to inspire a year of connection, learning, spiritual beauty and FUN! 

Cantor Bromberg is a native Californian, born in Berkeley and raised Catholic in a large theatrical family in San Diego.  An adolescent interest in Judaism led to her conversion as a young adult, and a background in music and theater inspired her pursuit of a career as a cantor. 

Cantor Bromberg earned a Masters of Sacred Music, Diploma of Hazzan and Cantorial Investiture from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York. She also earned a B. A. in Theater and Anthropology from the University of California, San Diego. She recently returned to San Diego after serving several cantorial and interim spiritual leader positions in New Jersey. While in New Jersey, Cantor Bromberg managed the Introduction to Judaism program for the Union for Reform Judaism in New York and New Jersey. Cantor Bromberg served as Cantor in Conservative congregations in Albuquerque, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas. Her pastoral skills were deepened through service as a volunteer Chaplain for the Albuquerque Police Department.

Although Cantor Bromberg has extensive experience creating spiritually uplifting services and lifecycle ceremonies, and hopes you will join us frequently in prayer and song, she is excited about taking on the teaching duties of Spiritual Leader, and continuing the strong Torah learning tradition of Ner Tamid Synagogue.  In addition to Midrash and rabbinic texts, Cantor Bromberg delves into the Jewish mystical tradition, and is fascinated by the connections between anthropology, psychology and religion as reflected in the Torah. Cantor Bromberg is interested in the application of spiritual practices to everyday life – and looks to Jewish texts as a resource for asking and answering the global questions of our time – guiding us in our relationship to the earth and other human beings. 

Cantor Bromberg is looking forward to supporting the Ner Tamid community in this year of rabbinic transition. “A community can always go from strength to strength. Treasure the legacy, and build on that foundation for an amazing future!”

 

Learning Center Director Becky Bar-Lev Henning

Becky Bar-Lev Henning was born in the U.S., but lived in Israel for six years as a child. As the daughter of a linguistics professor, she grew up with a love for languages. After earning a Master's Degree in Linguistics with an emphasis in Teaching English as a Second Language, Becky taught English overseas (Becky earned a B.A in Psychology from UCLA, and her M.A. from Georgetown University).

Becky says, "I have been involved with Hebrew schools since high school, serving as a teacher's aide through college. My first opportunity as a teacher was during graduate school in Washington D.C. I also taught in Hong Kong's Jewish community. Prior to joining Ner Tamid, I taught a range of grades at my previous Hebrew school for 12 years in addition to tutoring the B'nai Mitzvah students, working with remedial students, and running a 'junior congregation' program."  

Becky is married with three sons. She lives near San Diego State University in east county, where she grew up. She met her husband in Israel during Junior Year Abroad in college. Her oldest son is post Bar-Mitzvah and is preparing to leave for Israel. Her two youngest sons are students at the Sam S. Bloom Learning Center, as well as at local public school. Becky, or "Morah Rivkah" as she is known at the school, says her goal at the school is "to give our children a 'meaning-full' package of Judaism, Torah and Hebrew that will serve as a stepping stone to continued Jewish interest and learning into adulthood."

Our Office Staff

Office Administrator

Ron and family at Eli's 1st Chanukah!Ron Harris, our Office Administrator, was born in Chicago but only stayed for a year, as his father was a traveling cigar salesman. The family settled in LA, where Ron graduated from Santa Monica High School along with some names you might know including: Heather Thomas (of “The Fall Guy” fame), Lisa Gerritsen (of the “Mary Tyler Moore” and “Phyllis” shows), Bruce Buffer (of MMA announcing fame), Jimmy Lennon, Jr. (famous boxing announcer), and Dennis Smith (long time Denver Broncos Safety)!

Ron earned a degree in Business Management and Finance from Cal State Northridge, where he also met his now-wife of 38 years Eileen. Recruited by Pacific Telephone as a software developer - with no experience but a passing aptitude test score - Ron ended up working for 30 years with them as a software developer in Northern California. He then work for 10 years in the Disability Claims business.

By 2015, both his daughters (Amy and Sarah) had graduated from college and were living in San Diego. Amy had recently gotten married, so they made a deal: if they were fortunate to have a child, Ron and Eileen would sell their home in Thousand Oaks and move down to become built-in babysitters for them. They say it's the best decision they ever made - Eli is now 2 years old.

While in Thousand Oaks, Ron served as the Treasurer of the Brotherhood at Temple Adat Elohim for 15 years, and then as their President for a year before relocating to San Diego. He also played piano in their Band of Milk and Honey during the same period.

Interesting fun facts about Ron: A few years ago, Robert Redford was interviewed in AARP magazine and was quoted as saying that he met his first Jew in elementary school and named her by her maiden name, Lois Levinson, who just happens to be Ron's mother.  She remembers him as being one of her closest friends. A few years ago, Ron played in a charity poker tournament and sat at the same table as Jason Alexander of “Seinfeld” fame.

 

Administrative Assistant

Christa Mandel joined our office team in 2018, several years after becoming a Ner Tamid member and frequent volunteer. Whether the phones need answering or the Shabbat wine needs pouring, Christa is here to take care of whatever is needed around the synagogue to keep things running smoothly.

Christa was born in Minnesota, lived in Colorado, then settled in San Diego as a teenager. She lives in the Mission Gorge area with her son and their dog. Her son attends the Sam S. Bloom Learning Center at Ner Tamid and is currently studying for his bar mitzvah next year!

If you have questions about the synagogue or school, Christa is always happy to help answer them.

 

 

 

Fri, November 16 2018 8 Kislev 5779