Rabbi Murray Ezring
Rabbi Murray Ezring doesn’t hold a grudge. But he does get even.
Thirty-one years after he was a candidate to be the rabbi of Congregation Beth El in Norfolk, he is returning to Beth El to serve as an interim replacement for Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz, the man who succeeded Rabbi Arthur Ruberg, the man who got the job in 1988.
“I’ve hounded (then president) Stuart Held ever since,” Rabbi Ezring, 68, quipped during a meet-and-greet with Beth El board members and trustees earlier this spring.
But seriously, folks, things never quite got that far. Rabbi Ezring, who had just completed ten years at his first full-time pulpit in Ocean Township, NJ, said he received an offer from Boca Raton, FL, before Beth El was ready to make an offer.
Rabbi Arthur Ruberg
Rabbi Arthur Ruberg became Beth El’s rabbi in 1988. He is a graduate of Haverford College in suburban Philadelphia as well as the Jewish Theological Seminary where he received a master’s degree in Jewish studies and rabbinic ordination in 1974. He was named Beth El’s Rabbi Emeritus in 2011.
Prior to coming to Norfolk, Rabbi Ruberg served congregations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey as associate rabbi and religious education director. He also directed Camp Ramah in the Poconos, one of the youth leadership summer camps associated with Conservative Judaism.
Cantor Wendi Fried
Cantor Wendi became our cantor of Congregation Beth El in Norfolk in August, 2015. She hails originally from Houston, Texas and was brought up through the Conservative movement. Being involved in the leadership of Kadima, USY, and her local synagogue Youth Chorale, she found a love and passion for Judaism and all forms of Jewish, Israeli and Sacred music.
Beth El Board of Directors
Alex Pomerantz has always had a passion for helping the Jewish community. Originally from Maryland, Alex moved to the Tidewater area in 1993 and was actively involved as a lay leader in the Tidewater Jewish community for 19 years. In 2011, Alex turned his passion into a career as a Jewish professional. Alex has put his passion to work for the Simon Family Jewish Community Center, the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and now directs that passion and efforts to the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces (FIDF) as the Director of Virginia. Alex’s other passion is to help make Beth El the best it can be.
Dr. Eran Livni
Beit Sefer Shalom Head of School