Robin Gotlieb, Executive Director
A long-time member of our Temple family, Robin served as our Executive Director in the past and we are pleased she is back home. Robin’s responsibilities include synagogue engagement and operations. Robin is the mother of two grown children. Her son, J.J. is an attorney with DLA Piper in Atlanta and is married to Ashley Blumberg Gotlieb from Miami. Her daughter, Carlie works in administration at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas and is married to Alex Cohen, the son of Nadine and Louis Cohen of Birmingham. Robin enjoys spending time with her family, DIY projects and she’s a sports fan, whatever the season.
Contact Robin at 933-8037, ext. 238, or [email protected]
Jann Blitz, Rabbi Grafman Endowment Fund Executive Director
Jann Blitz has been serving Temple Emanu-El as Executive Director of its Endowment Fund since November 1996. In this capacity, she oversees the day-to-day operations of the Endowment Fund and manages its 25-member Board of Directors.
Jann is actively involved with each committee in providing organization, research, and administrative guidance. She also works closely with the Temple senior staff, particularly identifying special programs or needs that are over and above the ordinary operations of the Temple. Additionally, she was actively involved in the Campaign Emanu-El (2000), Shofar Initiative (2007) strategic planning and fundraising efforts, as well as creating/building the new Rabbi Jonathan Miller Enduring Legacy Fund (2017) — all of which have greatly contributed to our Endowment’s success. Also during her tenure, she has created a culture of communicating regularly with our membership about the Fund’s mission to provide for our Temple’s future, and about the numerous ways an individual or family can contribute.
Under her administration, the Grafman Endowment Fund has grown from $1 million to over $15 million in assets, with another $4.7 million in known expectancies. An active member of our congregation, Jann is the mother of two daughters, Callie and Rebecca, and is married to Russ Blitz.
Contact Jann at (205) 397-0814, or [email protected].
Lynda Gutcheon, Interim Education Director
Lynda Gutcheon began the Jewish Education Interim program 5 years ago. She has worked in Connecticut, Chicago, and New Jersey, after having served The Temple in Nashville, TN, as their Director of Education for 30 years. She now joins Temple Emanu-El as our Interim Director of Education. She received her education at California State University, USC, The University of Maryland and The University of Judaism. She began her educational journey in special education and became interested in Jewish education through teaching Hebrew to special needs students. Lynda’s strength in organizational skills, curriculum development and creating relationships with staff and students makes her the perfect choice to be our Interim Education Director. We are excited she is part of our team and look forward to a great year of learning and growing under her direction. Lynda’s husband Bernie is a retired Cantor and they have two daughters and two grandchildren.
Contact Lynda at (205) 933-8037, ext 232, or [email protected]
Monika Singletary, Director of Congregational Engagement
Monika Flurer Singletary is excited to join Temple Emanu-El as Director of Engagement. She comes to Temple Emanu-El having worked in this field at the JCC in New Orleans. Having been part of the Jewish Experiential Leadership Institute(JELI) Fellowship of Emerging JCC Leaders she was immersed in Jewish learning, leadership, and fellowship with nineteen of her JCC peers from around North America. This program also introduced her to the Birmingham Jewish community, where she eventually accepted a position at the Levite Jewish Community Center as their Director of Membership, Outreach, Retention, and Engagement. Monika earned her BS in Business Management from Troy University and is currently pursuing her MA in Jewish Education through the Davidson School at the Jewish Theological Seminary. In addition to her work at Temple Emanu-El and the larger Jewish community, Monika enjoys reading, singing, and being outside. She lives with her loving husband, Ben, her sweet son, Archer, her cat, Sababa and her dog, Arabella.
Contact Monika at (205) 933-8037, ext 213 or [email protected]