Our Rabbi & Staff

Rabbi Micah Ellenson

Rabbi Micah Ellenson grew up in Los Angeles, California, along with his wife, Sara. They have a seven-year-old daughter, Lily and two-year-old daughter Rose. Rabbi Micah has held several positions in his career. He served as Director of Congregational Learning at Temple DeHirsch Sinai in Seattle. Prior to that he was a teacher and basketball coach for Milken Community High School and the Director of Youth Activities for Stephen S. Wise Temple in Los Angeles. In addition to ordination from Hebrew Union College Rabbi Micah holds a Master’s in Education from the American Jewish University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California in Psychology. Aside from his family and Judaism, his passions include history, literature, film, music and sports.

As a rabbi, Micah believes his primary job is to be a marbitz Torah, one whose job is to spread Torah. He wants to help people find a path through the Jewish community to develop their individual "spark" through spiritual, educational and community building opportunities. Together he believes we will continue to make Temple Beth David a vibrant spiritual community. His hope is to engage congregants to grow, to "notice" and to "acknowledge" both that which is special and holy in themselves and in others. Rabbi Micah Ellenson

RabbiMicah@tbdcheshire.org

Jodi Harris,
Director of Congregational Learning and Engagement

Jodi has been a proud member of Temple Beth David since 1996 and began her teaching career with the third grade in 1999. Since beginning her role as Religious School Director in June of 2013, she has had the honor of working with our Rabbi, teachers, students and parents, introducing new curriculum, creating a retreat at Eisner Camp for our older students and working on ways to help all our children succeed in our program while laying the foundation for understanding and commitment to Judaism. Recently, her position has expanded to Director of Congregational Learning and Engagement. Recognizing that learning is a lifelong journey, she will now be working with Rabbi Micah to see that all our members – from our tiniest children to our retirees – have opportunities for spiritual and intellectual growth, whether through formal classes or communal experiences within and outside of Temple Beth David. She is a member of ARJE; Association of Reform Jewish Educators.

Jodi is the proud parent of Will, an attorney in NYC and Natalie, who works at people operations at a tech startup also in NYC. When she is not at Temple, Jodi is passionate about spending time with her family and friends, especially her children and fiancé, Rick, and loves to hike, travel to Maine, play guitar and cook gourmet meals.

education@tbdcheshire.org

Karen simonetta,
Office Administrator

Karen SimonettaKaren Simonetta, our Office Administrator, is the friendly face that greets you when you enter TBD. She manages administrative duties and collaborates with Rabbi Micah, Jodi Harris, our Board of Directors and our committees.  If you have questions on upcoming worship services and events, financial matters, lifecycle events and more, please contact Karen. She will get you the answers that you need!

Karen grew up in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains in small town Winchester, VA. In 2000 she went on an exciting Birthright Israel trip and met her husband Joseph. After living in Maryland and Phoenix, AZ they returned to his hometown of Cheshire with their dogs. Karen holds a B.S. in Sociology from Shenandoah University and brings to the TBD family a professional background in management and advocacy working for individuals with developmental disabilities. She also pursued her dream of learning American Sign Language and enjoys working with the hearing impaired. In her free time she enjoys traveling, theatre, music, reading, cross stitching, and spending time with friends and family.

office@tbdcheshire.org