With summer almost over and the Jewish New Year less than a month away, many Valley Jews will be reconnecting with their synagogues, some of which are welcoming new clergy and saying goodbye to others.
Last month, Rabbi Emily Langowitz joined Temple Solel in Paradise Valley. Originally from Wellesley, Massachusetts, Langowitz received her undergraduate degree in modern Hebrew from Yale in 2012 and graduated from Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City earlier this year. Langowitz recently completed an internship at Larchmont Temple in Larchmont, New York.
Langowitz joins Rabbi John Linder at Temple Solel.
Also last month, Rabbi Tracee Rosen began her tenure at Beth Emeth Congregation in Sun City West. Prior to becoming rabbi at Beth Emeth, she served the West Valley as the spiritual leader at Temple Gan Elohim, which closed last year, and as director for the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Studies. She has also been teaching Jewish studies and Hebrew classes at Pardes Jewish Day School since 2011.
Hailing from Denver, Rosen and her wife, Phoenix native Keren Goldberg, have called the Valley home for seven years. Rosen has served as the senior rabbi for Congregation Kol Ami in Salt Lake City and as rabbi for Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California. She graduated from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. She also holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and worked as an assistant vice president at a large banking firm before joining the rabbinate.
Beth Emeth Congregation will host a welcome breakfast with Rosen at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20 at 13702 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West. RSVP at 602-944-3359, ext. 123 or to
Two new faces are arriving at Beth Ami Temple of Paradise Valley: Rabbi Allison Lawton and Cantorial Soloist Michael Robbins. Lawton, who is relocating from Los Angeles, takes over for Rabbi Art Abrams, who led Beth Ami for the last 11 years.
Robbins is a Phoenix native who sang in Congregation Beth Israel’s choir for 18 years and has extensive community theater experience.
Beth Ami congregants can meet Lawton and Robbins at a wine and cheese open house and shabbat service starting at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, at Beth Ami Temple (sanctuary located inside Palo Cristi Church) at 3535 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley. For more information, call 602-956-0805 or visit bethamitemple.org.
This coming Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur will be Rabbi Kenneth R. Leitner’s last at Temple Beth Sholom of the East Valley. Leitner is retiring after five years of service at Beth Sholom and 41 years as an ordained rabbi.
Ordained in 1976, he studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where he completed his post-ordination doctoral work. He has helped to found two Jewish day schools and a Jewish supplemental high school.
Temple Beth Sholom will celebrate Leitner’s years of service with a “Rabbi’s Retirement Rhapsody” starting at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27. The evening of music and kosher food is open to the public, though attendees must RSVP at tbsev.org, 480-897-3636 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The temple will begin its search for a new rabbi after the High Holidays. JN