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Our small synagogue would have many leaders, Rabbis and Cantors over the time I was growing up, each one bringing with him his own special “flavor” from where he was from. It dawned on me years later that all the events that happen in our life, all the people we meet, all the jobs we do and all the mitzvot we complete, etc… make us into the person we have become today.

Over the years, part of my spiritual journey included, Jewish summer camps, assisting in holiday services including High Holidays, teaching Bar/Bat Mitzvah students, leading a small congregation in Gardena, CA and being a layperson in Orange County’s largest Conservative Synagogue. This has lead me to going to back to Cantorial school in my adult life to fulfill a dream of being able to share my experiences and knowledge I have gained during my life’s journey with you!

Currently, I work at the Auto Club (AAA) as a Life Insurance agent and have been there for the past two years. My wife Marcy of 22 years works for Hoag Hospital as an administrator. She enjoys her work and the challenges that this type of work brings with it. Our son Matt is the co-owner of a Karate Studio in Mission Viejo. He is also a USY advisor and past president of his chapter. Our daughter Molly, is studying in Israel at Hebrew University for her Freshman year. She left in August for 6 weeks of Ulpan and can now get around very easily speaking Hebrew. She returned to us in early summer of 2009.

I am very honored and humbled that you have chosen me to lead
Congregation Beth Shalom. In Parsha Vayikra, Moses is humbled when he comes near the newly completed (portable) Tabernacle and is not allowed to enter it. G-d reassured him that although the Tent was holy and had to be treated with reverence, it existed to benefit Israel. I know that during this coming year, we will grow and learn together in our new home that was completed with the hard work and love of the entire congregation.

On April 5, 2009, we as a community made a historic march to our new location on California Avenue.  As we carry our past from our old home, we also carry our future into a new home for our Jewish community in Corona. I look forward to meeting you all during the coming months and joining together as we celebrate and grow together on this wonderful journey of life!

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