Rabbi David Glickman
Rabbi David Glickman is a proven leader dedicating his professional career to creating communities of meaning. He has crafted a rabbinate rooted in Torah and relationships and has cultivated innovative programs utilizing cutting edge human and technological resources with relevant learning experiences, bringing timeless wisdom to the current day.
He formerly served as an associate rabbi in Dallas, Texas, where he spearheaded a new, independent-style minyan in the far-north suburbs. He has also served as a congregational rabbi in Biloxi, a student chaplain in Seattle and a program director at Camp Ramah.
Rabbi Glickman received a BA in Jewish Studies from the University of Michigan, studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He participated in the Synagogue Transformation and Renewal (STAR) program, where he continues to be part of the alumni network.
He serves as the Rabbi of the synagogue. He teaches Adult Ed classes, Downtown Talmud Jam, and oversees curriculum at the religious school. Click here to visit the Rabbi’s page.
Rabbi Talia Kaplan
JTS Rabbinical School ’24
Rabbi Talia Kaplan is passionate about accompanying people of all ages and stages as they develop their relationship to Jewish text, tradition, and community.
A native of the Philadelphia area, Rabbi Kaplan spent a year in Washington, D.C., prior to rabbinical school, where she advocated for immigration justice with colleagues of diverse faiths. Rabbi Kaplan graduated from Wesleyan University, studied at the University of Haifa and Pardes, and trained in community organizing with JOIN for Justice.
During her time in rabbinical school, Rabbi Kaplan has been fortunate to serve intergenerational and young adult communities in the Twin Cities, Providence, Richmond, and Brooklyn. Rabbi Kaplan has developed her empathetic approach to pastoral care serving as a hospital chaplain at both Bellevue and New York Presbyterian. She also volunteers as a pluralistic mikveh guide. In partnership with organizations such as UN Women and the Conservative Movement’s law committee, Rabbi Kaplan has written, spoken, and created educational resources on a number of topics – her favorites being the intersection of Judaism and justice and the interplay between gender and ritual. Rabbi Kaplan is also pursuing a M.A. in Jewish Gender and Women’s Studies and a Certificate in Pastoral Care and Counseling from JTS.
Hazzan Tahl Ben-Yehuda
Hazzan Ben-Yehuda brings a wealth of Jewish education, experience as a Religious School Principal and graduate work in Jewish Education as well as her recent graduation and investiture from the Jewish Theological Seminary H. L. Miller Cantorial School in New York. Her mother and grandmother are educators, her father is a Rabbi, and she comes from a long line of Jewish educators and Zionist leaders in Israel. She is also the vice-president of the Eliezer Ben-Yehuda Foundation, whose goal is to educate about the life and mission of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, her great-grandfather.
She brings her passion for Jewish story-telling, music and education to Congregation Beth Shalom. Her enthusiasm for music, stories and learning adds to her unique learning and teaching style, giving the Polsky Religious School leadership and guidance. She believes in Jewish learning as a life-long engagement, and is a living example of this Jewish value. It is not just a journey that we passively travel, but a path of endless opportunity to engage in a thousands-year old conversation with each other and with those who came before us about those concepts and issues that are at the heart of our practice, philosophy and belief.
Hazzan Ben-Yehuda received her dual-major BA in Biology and Near Eastern Studies from Cornell University. She studied for her Ph.D. in Epidemiology at Cornell until she realized that she was called to serve the Jewish community. She left her studies of science and began her journey at the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Rabbinical School, the Davidson School of Jewish Education and her work in the New York Jewish community. She later combined that learning with her love of davening, singing and music to pursue studies as a cantor. She and her two children, Eliana and Sara, joined CBS in the summer of 2013 for a brand new adventure.
Hazzan Ben-Yehuda partners with lay leadership in leading our Shabbat and Holiday services. She also works with our current daveners to help them expand their skills, and spends time helping congregants learn to lead services and chant Torah. She studies with and helps to train our B’nai Mitzvah students, and works closely with Rabbi Glickman to make our Jewish Learning relevant and engaging, a source of congregational community and pride.