Beth Tikvah Picks Rabbi

Beth Tikvah Picks Rabbi

By Michael Jacobs

Temple Beth Tikvah has hired its next senior rabbi, Alexandria Shuval-Weiner, who will take the post July 1.

Rabbi Alexandria Shuval-Weiner

The Roswell congregation approved Rabbi Shuval-Weiner’s hiring at a special meeting Sunday morning, Feb. 1, after the board of trustees accepted the rabbi search committee’s recommendation Dec. 15 and the rabbi and synagogue agreed on a contract in January.

Rabbi Shuval-Weiner has served as the No. 2 rabbi at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah, in Overland Park, Kan., since July 2008, her only job since being ordained at Hebrew Union College that spring.

Before becoming a rabbi, she worked as a Jewish educator in Portland, Ore., Fort Worth, Texas, and Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Okla. She is a mother of five and is married to Jay Weiner, a kehilla (congregation) relationship manager for the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.

Rabbi Shuval-Weiner will succeed Rabbi Fred Greene, who is leaving Beth Tikvah after nine years. On Jan. 25, one week before the Beth Tikvah vote, Reform Congregation Har HaShem in Boulder, Colo., approved a contract for Rabbi Greene to become the senior rabbi there in July.


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