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Meet Our Service Leaders

Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman is celebrating her twentieth year at Shaarei Shamayim. In 2003 she was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and became the congregation’s second rabbi. This year she will lead all of the congregation’s High Holiday services with the exception of the children’s services. She is also the director of Gesher, the congregtion's children's education program, oversees the bnei mitzvah program, adult education courses, social justice work, pastoral care, and life cycles. If you’re new, feel free to her full bio and High Holiday sermons from previous years.

Julia Banchik is returning this year as our cantorial soloist for High Holiday services. Julia has been a member of Shaarei Shamayim since she was five years old. She has been leading our Shabbat morning and evening services the past two years along with a series of singing workshops. Julia is a skilled Torah and Haftarah reader and has been a Hebrew school teacher and tutor for several years in our Gesher program. She became involved in musical theater at a young age, worked in a 4K classroom at Head Start for many years, and recently completed her psychology degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Aviv Kammay has been our community song leader for 12 years. He plays guitar at children’s services and Shabbat and holiday celebrations. This year he will lead Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur children’s services. Born in Tel Aviv, he is a music educator, Beatles scholar, and composer. He has a Master’s of Music Education from Northwestern University and currently works as a music teacher at Wingra School. He was the music director at Olin Sang Ruby Jewish summer camp for many years and founded Madison Mystery Tour, Madison’s Beatles cover band.

Enid Williams is our High Holiday Music Coordinator. She works closely with Rabbi Laurie and Julia in organizing these services. She organizes High Holiday Song and leads their rehearsals. She is also the liaison to our individual soloists, Coordinating Committee, and High Holiday planning team. Enid has been a member of Shaarei Shamayim and High Holiday Song for many years. She is currently serving on the Coordinating Committee as the children's education chair. She loves to sing, play clarinet, and garden.

 

Thu, December 8 2022 14 Kislev 5783