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
Linda was born and raised in Norfolk and attended Taylor Elementary, Blair Jr. High and Maury High Schools. She has been married to Stanley Samuels for 55 years (himself a former Beth El president) and they have three daughters and six grandchildren. Linda attended The Women’s College of the University of North Carolina for two years and graduated from Old Dominion University with both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Medical Technology (now renamed Clinical Laboratory Medicine). She worked for over 40 years as a Medical Technologist/Clinical Laboratory Manager for DePaul Hospital, the University of Virginia Hospital, The Group for Internal Medicine and Sentara Medical Group.
Dr. Eran Livni
Beit Sefer Shalom Head of School