With a deep dedication to Jewish faith and culture, Rabbi Sarah Hronsky – “Rabbi Sarah” –enthusiastically embraces her role as Senior Rabbi for Temple Beth Hillel. Rabbi Sarah joined Temple Beth Hillel in July 2003 following her ordination at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC) of Los Angeles in 2003. While at HUC, she earned two masters degrees: one in Hebrew Letters and the other in Jewish Communal Service. A major focus of her rabbinic studies was the Jewish tradition’s view of persons with disabilities. She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, where her family was very active in a small congregation. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia, with a bachelor of science in secondary education.
Rabbi Sarah works extensively with the Board and staff of the congregation to ensure a thriving Reform Jewish community in the East San Fernando Valley. She brings energy and creativity to the vast programming of Temple Beth Hillel. Her rabbinate is filled with teaching, counseling, liturgical exploration, and leadership. She enthusiastically sings with the children and assists in the development of our Temple’s successful preschool and parent and me programs, teaches and leads prayer in our Religious School and Elementary Day School, and provides enriching instruction throughout our Adult Education Program. Rabbi Sarah is most honored to work directly with families in the congregation through their joyous moments and their most difficult times. She is proud to have played a significant role in the physical transformation and renovation of our Temple building ensuring for the future of the congregation. In addition, Rabbi Sarah has served on the Board of the Board of Rabbis of California for 9 years. She currently serves as Vice President, in the past she has served as Treasurer, Secretary, member at large, chaired the Annual High Holy Day Conference several times and chaired the Funeral Practices Committee for a few years. She enjoys meaningfully participating in Jewish Community and Interfaith events throughout the greater Los Angeles area representing both Temple Beth Hillel and the Board of Rabbis. She proudly engages in social action work and maintains a close tie to the North Hollywood Food Pantry. Rabbi Sarah helps build bridges through Interfaith activities, such as partnering in educational and religious experiences with Muslims for Progressive Values and serving in a leadership role on the council of the Los Angeles Council of Religious Leaders. She has previously served on the Board of the Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis. Rabbi Sarah is married to Yuri Hronsky, who is currently the Head of School at Ilan Ramon Day School. They are the proud parents of four children: daughters Chana Zoe, Eden Sivan and Josie Lily, and son Ryan Benjamin.
Rabbi Eleanor Steinman, MAJE
Director of Religious Education
Rabbi Steinman was born in Los Angeles and spent her teenage years in a suburb of St. Paul. She graduated from Brandeis University with a Bachelor of Arts in history. After graduation in 2001, she participated in AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps in New York City. During this year-long program she worked as a volunteer coordinator at Learning Leaders, a program that seeks to help New York City public school students succeed in school by training volunteers who provide tutoring and other school-based enrichment. It proved to be an invaluable leadership experience that allowed her to work toward social change at a grass roots level.
In 2003, Rabbi Steinman enrolled at the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion. She received a Master of Hebrew Letters degree in 2006 and rabbinic ordination in 2008. During the period of time as a rabbinical student, Rabbi Steinman worked with Congregation B’nai David in Visalia, CA, Har Shalom Congregation in Missoula, MT and Congregation Kol Ami in West Hollywood, CA.
Upon her ordination, Rabbi Steinman moved to Canada to serve Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto as Assistant Rabbi. After three years, Rabbi Steinman decided to return to California to continue her education and enrolled at the Rhea Hirsch School of Education of the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion where she received a Masters Degree in Jewish education in May 2012.
Rabbi Steinman serves as a board member of the Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis and is the Southern California representative for the Women’s Rabbinic Network. She is also a proud member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the National Association of Temple Educators.
From July 2012-June 2013, Rabbi Steinman served as the Executive Director of California Faith for Equality, an interfaith organization that educates, organizes and supports California’s faith communities to promote equality for LGBT people and to safeguard religious freedoms.
Most recently, Rabbi Steinman served as the Director of Programs and Fund Development for A Wider Bridge, an organization that serves to inspire LGBT Jews to deepen their Jewish identity through connection to Israel.
Visiting Cantor Patti Linsky
Cantor Patti Linsky is the Cantor Emerita of Temple Ahavat Shalom in Northridge, California. where she served as Clergy to the congregation for nearly twenty-five years. Prior to that she was was Cantorial Soloist at Temple Beth Torah in Ventura, California.
Cantor Linsky is an Artist/Scholar-In-Residence, touring the nation by concertizing and teaching, as well as performing her unique one-woman show, Altar EGO. Themed with songs and stories of recovery and redemption, Patti’s mission is to spread the message through these weekends that each of us is made “B’tzelem Elohim”, in the image of God, knowing that we are imperfectly perfect and more than enough. Patti lives in Valley Village with her wonderful husband and has two incredible children.
Cantor Shira Fox
Director of Bar and Bat Mitzvah program
Shira Fox is an LA native. She held the position of B’nai Mitzvah Program Coordinator from 2006 to 2012 for Kehillat Israel, Pacific Palisades, where she invested her passion for Judaism towards a love for teaching kids and Jewish communal work. She grew up immersed in Synagogue music and life as the daughter of an LA-based Cantor. In addition to serving as the Cantor of Temple Kol Tikvah in Woodland Hills 2013-2015, Shira has most recently served as Cantor and a spiritual counselor for Beit T’shuvah, a recovery based community/congregation and treatment facility integrating Judaism and the Creative Arts. Shira has also been an Artist in Residence with Jewish Women’s Theater and holds a degree in Literature/Creative Writing from SUNY.
Rabbi Jim Kaufman – known as “Rabbi Jim” – has made his life at Temple Beth Hillel. He came to our shul as a youngster and subsequently became Bar Mitzvah and was later confirmed. He worked here as a music and Bar/Bat Mitzvah teacher. He received a Bachelor of Art degree in Sociology at California State University, Northridge and was ordained a rabbi by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1973.
Rabbi Jim has served Temple Beth Hillel as a rabbi since his ordination. He retired in June of 2010. Though his daily presence is missed, he is still involved in many religious and social programs at Temple Beth Hillel and in the greater Los Angeles Jewish community.
Rabbi Jim is married to Sue Kaufman, who also grew up at Temple Beth Hillel. They have five children, Joshua, Seth, Asher, Noah and Daniella. Rabbi Jim savors the opportunity to help individuals find satisfaction, support and meaning in their lives.
Cantor Emeritus Alan Weiner served Temple Beth Hillel from 1994 to 2008. He helped hundreds of students prepare for bar and bat mitzvah and conducted the synagogue choirs and musicians.
A native of Van Nuys, Cantor Alan holds a B.A. in Music from Stanford University and an MFA in Choral Music from the California Institute of the Arts, and pursued doctoral study at USC. He was invested as Cantor by the School of Sacred Music of the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. He is the past chair of the American Conference of Cantors Pacific Southwest Region and past vice-president of the National Conference. His compositions and arrangements are used in synagogues around the country. His song “Make a Noise,” written for TBH, is now included in the Reform movement’s Social Action Songbook.
He and his wife, Amy Simon-Weiner, are proud parents of Hallie, Benjamin, and Brina.