Rabbi Jacob Herber is the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid in Glendale, Wisconsin, the Milwaukee area’s only Conservative congregation affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. Rabbi Herber is a cum laude graduate of the University of California, Davis and was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He is also a Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute.
Rabbi Herber serves on the Nominations Committee of the Rabbinical Assembly and the Boards of Directors of the National Rabbinic Cabinet of State of Israel Bonds, Masorti Olami, the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, and is a member of the Auxiliary Board of the Milwaukee Jewish Free Loan Association. Rabbi Herber is the immediate Past President of the Wisconsin Council of Rabbis, Chaplain Emeritus of the Shomrim Society of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley, and a former Chaplain of the Philadelphia Police Department.
In July 2008 Rabbi Herber traveled to Uganda with other leading Conservative Rabbis to supervise the conversion of over 200 members of the Abayudaya community. Rabbi Herber’s work in promoting interfaith dialogue has taken him from the United States to Mexico, Germany and Poland. Rabbi Herber is a recipient of the Jewish National Fund’s Service Award (2009), and Masorti Olami’s Rabbi Mordecai Waxman Memorial Rabbinic and Community Leadership Award (2013). He is also a contributing author of the book, Walking With Life published in July 2009 by the American Jewish University.
Rabbi Herber is blessed with two children, Mychal and Adin, who attend the Milwaukee Jewish Day School. In his spare time, Rabbi Herber races competitively for the ISCorp Cycling Team and roots for the New York Yankees, New York Rangers, New York Knicks and the English Premier League’s Chelsea Football Club.
Hazzan Jeremy Stein joined Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid in July of 2009.
A native of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Hazzan Stein studied flute and arranging at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. After graduating, he toured with his jazz/rock band Flutopia. In addition to performing with his band, Hazzan Stein played on film scores, composed radio jingles, and performed at countless Jewish weddings.
In 2009, Hazzan Stein graduated from the H. L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music at the Jewish Theological Seminary. While in Cantorial School, Hazzan Stein combined his passion for jazz, folk and pop with his love of Jewish music, composing melodies rooted in Jewish musical tradition with a modern flair. For his efforts, Hazzan Stein was awarded the Max and Sol Feld Prize in composition two consecutive years. In his final year at JTS, Hazzan Stein traveled to London and Israel to conduct field research for his thesis comparing the musical traditions of the Jews of Yemen and Aden.
Hazzan Stein ́s performances have taken him to such stages as Carnegie Hall and the Original House of Blues in Boston. He has performed many times with The Zamir Choral Foundation, sharing the stage with perennial Jewish performers Theodore Bikel and Debbie Friedman. Hazzan Stein is a passionate, dedicated teacher and enjoys working with congregants of all ages. In 2015, Hazzan Stein completed a Master of Jewish Education through the Davidson School at the Jewish Theological Seminary. His thesis was entitled “Sacred Destination, Many Paths: Differentiated B’nei Mitzvah Teaching” in which he explored approaches to teaching B’nei Mitzvah students with different learning styles.
Hazzan Stein is a regular volunteer at the Milwaukee Jewish Home and Care Center, visiting and serenading Milwaukee’s seniors with classics from Israel, Yiddish theater, and the Great American Songbook. Hazzan Stein lives with his wife Amanda whom he met on his first full day in Milwaukee. They are proud parents of their daughter Mirit. A lifelong New England sports fan, Hazzan Stein has quickly become an avid fan of the Milwaukee Bucks.
Debra Gorra Barash joined Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid as executive director in July 2015. She has played a significant role in ensuring that all of our operations are conducted with efficiency and integrity, focused on our mission to build a strong CBINT community.
Debra’s academic background is in business administration and synagogue management. Her career experience includes leadership positions as a business owner and synagogue executive director. Debra was most recently the Wisconsin Registered Representative for Israel Bonds.
Please take a moment to introduce yourself to Debra when you are at CBINT!