Rabbi Adam M. Wright is the spiritual leader of Temple Emanu-El. He is from West Bloomfield, MI – a suburb of Detroit. Adam earned his Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Religion and Judaic Studies from Wheaton College (Norton, MA). After college, he pursued graduate studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School (Nashville, TN), where he earned a Master in Theological Studies focusing on the Ancient Near East and Early Judaism. After Adam’s tenure at Vanderbilt, he enrolled at the Hebrew Union College – JIR to begin his rabbinic training. At HUC-JIR, he earned his Master in Arts in Hebrew Letters, Master of Arts in Jewish Education from HUC-JIR’s Rhea Hirsch School of Education, and a Graduate Certificate in Jewish Non-Profit Management from HUC-JIR’s Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management. Rabbi Wright has served Jewish communities in Victorville, CA, Fountain Valley, CA, Pacific Palisades, CA, Occidental College Hillel, Tarzana, CA, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Spiritual Care Department. Rabbi Wright served on the Advisory Board for Stand with Us, San Diego, an organization committed to developing community support, instill enthusiasm and increase identification with Israel and effectively counter-public misrepresentation and demonization of Israel. Rabbi Wright served as the Associate Rabbi at Temple Solel in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California from 2014-2019.
Rabbi Wright comes to Temple Emanu-El with his wife Rachel, who is an internist and pediatrician at UAB and their daughter Lillian. Rabbi Wright played four years of collegiate tennis and still relishes his time on the court. He is also an avid Detroit Red Wings fan.
To reach Rabbi Wright, please call 205-933-8037, ext 230, or e-mail Rabbi Adam Wright
Cantor Bernard Gutcheon has been a Cantor for over forty years. Following his ordination, he served two Reform Congregations in the Los Angeles area before joining The Temple in Nashville, TN in 1983. Cantor Gutcheon became the musical spirit of The Temple for over thirty years. He has received extensive vocal training with some highly acclaimed professionals, including Cantor Arthur Koret of the Hart School of Music, William Metcalf of the New York City Opera and Andrew Foldi of the Metropolitan Opera. This experience made him not only The Temple’s musical leader but one of the mid-South’s most well-respected Religious musicians.
Cantor Gutcheon has a Bachelor of Sacred Music Degree, Cantorial Investiture and Certification, Double Teaching Certificate and is a certified Reform Jewish Educator. He studied at the Hebrew Union College for Sacred Music, the Chayim Greenberg College and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He received his Chaplain’s training at Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital where he served for 3 years.
He is honored and humbled to join the Temple Emanu-El staff and looks forward to working with the professional and lay leaders of the congregation. Most of all, he is excited about his continued work with his students for both 4th grade Hebrew and Bar/Bat Mitzvah studies.
Rabbi Emeritus Jonathan Miller provided enthusiastic leadership for Temple Emanu-El from winter 1991 to summer 2017. Previously, he served as a rabbi at Stephen S. Wise Temple in Los Angeles and Temple Shalom in Auckland, New Zealand. Rabbi Miller was ordained in 1982 at the New York Campus of the Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion, where he has received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity and a Masters of Arts in Hebrew Letters. Rabbi Miller graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. Rabbi Miller grew up in Wichita, Kansas, Malden, Massachusetts, and Rochester, New York, where his father, Judea Miller served as rabbi. Rabbi Miller is married to Judith Schulman-Miller, and they have three children: Rabbi Aaron and his wife Lauren, Alana, and Benjamin.