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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

Administrative Director

We are currently seeking a customer-service oriented Administrative Director! Is that you or someone you know? Please apply through our job listing on Indeed.com. Click here to read the details and apply!.

 

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.

 

 

 

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