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Rabbi Adam M. Wright

Rabbi, Temple Emanu-El

Rabbi Adam M. Wright

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, their daughter Lillian, and their twins, Maisie and Teddy. 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

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Cantor Robby Wittner

Engel Cantorial Chair

Cantor Robby Wittner

Cantor Robby Wittner, Engel Cantorial Chair, is from Washington Heights in New York City. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Hamilton College. He attended the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at HUC-JIR, earning a Master in Sacred Music. After his first year was spent in Israel, he moved back to New York, where he served his childhood congregation Hebrew Tabernacle of Washington Heights for four years. It taught him some of the nuances of serving a congregation and instilled in him his great love for the German-Jewish musical tradition. He continues to expand his repertoire to all sorts of Jewish music, but will always hold a special place in his heart for German-Jewish music after growing up in a community mostly comprised of Holocaust survivors and their children.

Cantor Wittner was accompanied down South by his wife Alex. She works in PR as an account director in the tech practice at ICR, a mid-sized New York, and Connecticut-based firm. Cantor Wittner and Alex enjoy tennis, going for walks, puppies, reading together, and all cuisines.

To reach Cantor Wittner, please call 205-933-8037, ext 230, or e-mail Cantor Wittner

Rabbi Jonathan Miller

Rabbi Emeritus

Rabbi Emeritus Jonathan Miller

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 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.

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Jann Blitz

Rabbi Grafman Endowment Fund Executive Director

Jann Blitz

Jann Blitz, Rabbi Grafman Endowment Fund Executive Director

Jann Blitz has been serving Temple Emanu-El as Executive Director of its Endowment Fund since 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 $16 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 jblitz@ourtemple.org.

Lynda Gutcheon

Interim Education Director

Lynda Gutcheon

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 lynda@ourtemple.org

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Monika Singletary

Director of Congregational Engagement & Membership

Monika Singletary

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 her MA in Jewish Educational Leadership through the William 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 cats, Sababa and Merlin, and her dog, Arabella.

Contact Monika at (205) 933-8037, ext 213 or monika@ourtemple.org

Danielle Barnett

Accounting & Finance Director

Danielle Barnett

Danielle Barnett, Accounting and Finance Director

Contact Danielle at (205) 933-8037, ext 244 or danielle@ourtemple.org

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Dr. Paul Mosteller

Music Director

Dr. Paul Mosteller

Paul Mosteller was appointed Organist of Temple Emanu-El in August 1993. From 1989 to 1993, he sang in the synagogue’s professional choir under the direction of Dr. Lester Seigel. For nearly forty years, Dr. Mosteller enjoyed an academic career as a voice professor, having taught at Truman State University (MO), the University of Iowa, and UAB. He is also the organist of Mountain Brook Baptist Church, former organist and choirmaster of St. Thomas Episcopal Church (Birmingham), and served as interim organist at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and Canterbury United Methodist Church. He has been organist for performances with the UAB Concert Choir (including their 2014 European concert tour), the Birmingham Boys Choir, Opera Birmingham, and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Mosteller earned the Associate Certificate (AAGO) from the American Guild of Organists in 2005 and holds degrees from West Chester University, The Juilliard School, and the University of Iowa.

Contact Paul at (205) 337-6293, or pwmostel@gmail.com

Kathryn Pautler

Kathryn Pautler

Executive Assistant of Membership & Engagement

Kathryn Pautler

Kathryn Pautler, Executive Assistant of Membership & Engagement

Yahrzeits and Kaddish list
Shabbat Announcements

Contact Kathryn at (205) 933-8037, ext 235 or kathryn@ourtemple.org

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Judy Edwards

Executive Assistant to the Clergy & Educator

Judy Edwards

Judy Edwards, Executive Assistant to the Clergy & Educator

Clergy Appointments and Correspondence
Religious & Hebrew School Administrator
TEEN and Confirmation Administrator

Contact Judy at (205) 933-8037, ext 230 or jedwards@ourtemple.org

Dorothy-Hall

Dorothy Hall

Administrative Assistant, Grafman Endowment Fund

Dorothy Hall

Dorothy Hall, Administrative Assistant, Grafman Endowment Fund

General Endowment Fund Information
Yahrzeit Plaques
Yizkor Memorial Book
Temple and Endowment Tributes/Contributions

Contact Dorothy at (205) 933-8037, ext 233 or endowment@ourtemple.org

Pam Coggins

Pam Coggin

Temple Tributes & Endowment Fund Bookkeeping

Pam Coggin, Temple Tributes & Endowment Fund Bookkeeping

Gift Acknowledgments
Accounts Payable and Receivables

Contact Pam at (205) 933-8037, ext 288, Direct Dial: (205) 933-8397 or pam@ourtemple.org

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