MEET OUR RABBI & STAFF

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Rabbi Stuart Altshuler

Shalom and Baruch Haba! I am thrilled to begin my tenure as rabbi of Temple Beth Sholom. My goal is to make this marvelous congregation a center of Jewish learning, activity, commitment, and devotion to the highest standards of our Jewish tradition. I am a native of Los Angeles, California, having spent the past decade and more in London, UK, as spiritual leader of Belsize Square Synagogue. 

It is certainly good to be home in our beloved America. I was ordained as a rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary(New York City) in 1980 and have been a member of the Rabbinical Assembly since then. I love what I do and hope to bring a fair share of compassion and enthusiasm into this already vibrant congregation. My passions are Jewish life, Judaism, Israel, trying to make a difference in this troubled world in addition to my love of music, sports, traveling, and reading. 

If you are interested, I am the author of the book, From Exodus to Freedom:  a History of the Soviet Jewry Movement in America, and I look forward to doing what I love the most –teaching. Working on behalf of the freedom of Soviet Jews and on behalf of Israel was a significant part of my rabbinic past.

I look forward to meeting you and welcoming you all to our beautiful synagogue. Don't hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any questions and would like to talk at saltshuler@templebethsholomfl.org. 

Nancy Hendricks 

Business Director

Nancy likes the challenges that come her way on a daily basis. With her attention to detail, experience and "can do" attitude, it has created a winning combination for her and TBS! At TBS, she handles the day to day business needs of Temple Beth Sholom, staff, and board relations. She is the liaison between the staff and the TBS Board (including committees). She handles member needs regarding statements & membership concerns and deals with business vendors and suppliers for TBS. All with the help of her dog, Finn (pictured right). Reach out to Nancy if you have questions about billing, your current membership, or the temple in general at nhendricks@templebethsholomfl.org.

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Kelly Nester

Rabbinical Assistant

Kelly grew up in Englewood and has a beautiful family with her husband of 32 years including two children and a grandson! She loves outdoor activities such as hiking & swimming as well as reading. She also loves TBS! She assists the rabbi with all needs, including synagogue calendar, rabbi’s schedule, announcements, bulletins, congregant interaction with the rabbi, and new member needs and updates. She is the main contact and keeper of the TBS calendar and first step in scheduling a meeting, program, dinner, event, etc. Reach out to her if you need help scheduling anything or have questions regarding the rabbi, high holidays, calendar, or events. Contact Kelly at knester@templebethsholomfl.org.

Troy Jones

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Troy Jones is our new Marketing & Communications Coordinator! Troy was born in California but has been in Sarasota since he was nine years old.  He is married with two sons, and they are all wildlife enthusiasts. He has been working with non-profits for many years and brings TBS his experience and knowledge. He will assist with programs/PR/marketing and outreach for the synagogue, including the TBS website and monthly edition of The Messenger. Feel free to contact Troy at tjones@templebethsholomfl.org.

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Duane Rushing

Facilities Manager 

Duane handles the day to day needs of the temple regarding building maintenance and event/meeting set-ups. He deals with appropriate suppliers to ensure smooth operations and proper upkeep. Additionally, he oversees the facility needs in Building 1 (Apple A Day) as well as works with the Facility Manager in Building 3 (Dreamers Academy). Email Duane at drushing@templebethsholomfl.org.

Phyllis Weitzner

Messenger Associate Editor

Phyllis and her family have been members at TBS for many years. Although she is trained as an architect, she graciously helps us with our monthly publication of The Messenger. She corresponds with our contributors and acts as an editor. Feel free to contact Phyllis at tbsmessenger@gmail.com.

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