Author: Jamie Marx
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In July 1999, Rabbi Mayer Selekman was named Rabbi Emeritus after serving our congregation for 28 years. Rabbi Mayer came to the pulpit of Temple Sholom in 1971. He completed his M.H.L. studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary, then earned an M.A.H.L. and was ordained at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, where he also taught for several years. In 1992, he was granted a Doctor of Divinity degree. Since coming to the Philadelphia area, Rabbi Mayer has taught at Gratz College, Villanova University, and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. He served as president of Life Guidance Services, Inc., for five years and has also been president of both the Marple Newtown Caring Coalition and the Marple Newtown Clergy Association. Rabbi Mayer is known to all of us for his personal warmth as well as his spiritual leadership.
Lori-An grew up in Massachusetts where she was very involved in Jewish life, from a close-knit, Jewishly active family, to USY and Jewish summer camps. She was always working with kids, babysitting, working as a camp counselor and teaching religious school. She decided to combine her love of Judaism and her enthusiasm for teaching children and graduated Douglass College, Rutgers University with a Bachelors’ Degree in Jewish studies and then went to Maryland where she obtained her Masters in Jewish Education from Baltimore Hebrew University. Through college she was involved with Hillel and Camp Ramah. After graduate school, she and her husband moved to the Philly area and have been here ever since. Lori-An has worked as a teacher and Director in synagogues throughout the Philly area where she has continued her direct and professional education. She believes in teaching children in a student-centered, relationship-driven environment where experiential and hands-on learning, combined with a strong Jewish component, is the core of the curriculum.
Lori-An and her husband Marc are avid readers and love going to the city to a show or eat at a nice restaurant. They live in Maple Glen with their son Aaron who attends Perelman Jewish Day School.
Lori Green has been involved in Jewish education for over 25 years, serving in Miami, FL; West Hartford, CT; and in the Philadelphia area. Entering her 12th year at Temple Sholom, Lori strives to foster in her students and their families a commitment to Jewish learning and doing.
As your Executive Director, I am thrilled to be a part of Temple Sholom. It is quite apparent that our community is vibrant, warm, welcoming and down to earth. What a wonderful place to experience our Judaism together.
Jewish communal service is my passion, and I have a particular love for Temples and Synagogues. I am proud of my background and all that I have accomplished, including my teacher’s certificate for Hebrew School Teaching from The Gratz College Hebrew High School Program. I am a summa cum laude, phi beta kappa graduate of Brandeis University with a Bachelor of Arts in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. Upon graduating from college, I spent 3 years as a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania as a William Penn Fellow focusing on Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literature. Biblical studies continues to be one of the fields I deeply enjoy. After 3 years of intense studying, I made a decision, that although I love books and academic learning, my desire to work with people on a regular basis was what was most important to me. I earned my M.S.W. at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, and right away began my professional work with synagogues.
I am an avid reader, teacher/tutor for b’nei mitzvah and prayer/Hebrew students, enjoy cooking, exercising and love being the Mom of my 3 children: Ari, Gabby & Josh.
It is my pleasure to help us run a welcoming and efficient Temple Sholom community. Please let me know what we can do for you to help you learn more about Temple Sholom and to become involved in a way that is meaningful to you.