Rabbi Dan Moskovitz
Dan Moskovitz was named Senior Rabbi of Temple Sholom in July, 2013. Prior to joining Temple Sholom, Rabbi Moskovitz was Associate Rabbi at Temple Judea, in Los Angeles, California for 13 years. Rabbi Moskovitz is the author of numerous articles and publications including The Men’s Seder (MRJ Press) an experiential journey through the Passover Seder for Jewish men. He is a frequent lecturer to Jewish professional groups on the use of technology in Jewish organizations and Jewish men’s issues. Rabbi Moskovitz is a recognized leader in the design of synagogue communications technology, including the development of a comprehensive trans-denominational Hebrew calendar now in use by over 5,000 rabbis, educators and Jewish professionals worldwide.
Rabbi Moskovitz’ rabbinate has been shaped by his focus on fostering relational communities, his lifelong commitment to interfaith families raising Jewish children, and his work with Jewish by Choice. His approach to Torah and progressive Judaism is imbued with a passion for social justice and community collaboration.
As a teen, Dan was the International President of AZA, the boy’s division of the B’nai Brith Youth Organization (BBYO). Rabbi Moskovitz has since been the recipient of several local and national awards, all having in common recognition for outstanding service and leadership. He is a graduate of American Jewish University and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, holding graduate degrees in Jewish Education, Hebrew Letters and Rabbinic Ordination.
Rabbi Dan is also a passionate baseball fan, especially of his hometown San Francisco Giants. He has completed two full marathons, enjoys fishing the waters of British Columbia and is an avid woodworker. Dan and his wife Sharon Mishler have two sons and a daughter.
Rabbi Carey Brown is delighted to be joining the Temple Sholom community. She was ordained from the New York school of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in 2005 and served for six years as Assistant and Associate Rabbi of Temple Isaiah in Lexington, Mass. During her tenure at Temple Isaiah, Rabbi Brown was involved in a wide array of synagogue life and is particularly passionate about adult and youth education, social justice, and teen engagement.
Rabbi Brown is a native of Minneapolis, Minn. and a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. She is married to Gregg Gardner, who serves as the Diamond Chair of Jewish Law and Ethics at UBC. Together they are the proud parents of Yael and Jonah.
In her free time, Rabbi Brown loves exploring the outdoors – especially via canoe or kayak – and feels extraordinarily lucky to be living in Vancouver.
Naomi Taussig has been the Cantorial Soloist at Temple Sholom since 2009. She grew up in the Vancouver Jewish community, attending services and religious school at Beth Israel Synagogue, where she was drawn to Jewish prayer and liturgical music. Naomi spent a year of high school in Israel on a Zionist Youth program, sparking a deep love for the Jewish homeland. After high school she returned to Israel, completing a Bachelor of Arts degree at Haifa University and later studying Israeli Dance at the Wingate Institute.
Returning home to Vancouver, Naomi worked happily for several years in business, becoming Sales Manager for a local import company. Ten years later, she made the decision to pursue work that would be more spiritually fulfilling. At the same time, when her father died, Naomi turned to Congregation Har El in North Vancouver for solace. She felt a strong connection to the community and reconnected to Judaism once again. She began leading prayers and chanting from the Torah and soon after was invited to lead High Holy Day services. This was a huge honour, a challenge that Naomi immersed herself in for an entire year, and which led to her being hired as Cantorial Soloist.
Years later, she was honoured that Temple Sholom approached her to join the clergy as Cantorial Soloist. Naomi and her husband, Keith, feel very fortunate to be part of the Temple Sholom family, along with their two daughters, Leah and Alexandra.
Rabbi Philip L. Bregman
Rabbi Philip Bregman joined the congregation in the summer of 1980 as the spiritual leader of Temple Sholom. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Social Work from the University of Toronto, as well as a Masters of Hebrew Letters, Rabbinic Ordination and a Doctor of Divinity from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion.
As of August 2013, Rabbi Bregman became Temple Sholom’s Rabbi Emeritus.
Rabbi Bregman’s commitment to community building is evident in his founding of RAV (the Rabbinical Association of Vancouver), his role as a teacher at Talmud Torah and TAG (the supplementary Jewish high school) and his work with interfaith groups. Within the congregation, he has trained lay leaders, empowering members to conduct Torah study, minyans and shivas. As an unwavering supporter of Israel, he has strengthened the synagogue’s connections to our homeland by leading tours and developing strong ties to many Israel-based organizations.
His wisdom, sensitivity, warmth and humor enable him to make a deep connection with people of all ages. With passion, energy and eloquence, Rabbi Bregman has been instrumental in increasing the membership of Temple Sholom from 70 families to over 700 member families. In addition, he has inspired six children of the congregation to become Rabbis.
Rabbi Bregman is married to Cathy Netter Bregman and has three children: Shai, Jordana and Shira.
Cantor Emeritus: Arthur Guttman
Gabbaim: Carl Rothschild, Jeffrey Balin, Annette Kozicki and Simon Krakovsky