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Rabbi Brian Schuldenfrei
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Rabbi Brian Schuldenfrei is thrilled to be at Congregation Ner Tamid after having served seven years at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles under Rabbi David Wolpe. Rabbi Schuldenfrei’s flair for creative programming and outreach has received international coverage in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Jewish Daily Forward, The Jewish Journal, and numerous blogs. His essay on Conservative Judaism was published in The Encyclopedia of Religious and Spiritual Development.
Rabbi Schuldenfrei takes an active role in the larger community. Originally from Miami, he was proud to serve Mayor Carlos Gimenez as an active liaison with the Jewish Community. Rabbi Schuldenfrei also sat on the Rabbinical Assembly’s Resolutions Committee, the Rabbinic Cabinet of the Masorti Foundation for Conservative Judaism, the United Jewish Community’s Young Leadership Cabinet, and the Executive Board of the Miami Rabbinic Association.
Rabbi Schuldenfrei was a distinguished student at his school of ordination, The Jewish Theological Seminary. He received his B.A. with honors from Washington University in St. Louis. While studying for ordination, among other positions, Rabbi Schuldenfrei served as the rabbinic intern for the New York Board of Rabbis Center for Spiritual Care, Beit Tshuvah, a Jewish recovery center in Los Angeles, and CLAL – The National Center for Learning and Leadership. Rabbi Schuldenfrei is married to Rabbi Deborah Schuldenfrei. When he is not watching Elmo with his young sons, Rabbi Schuldenfrei enjoys strong coffee and good books. As an unwavering optimist, Rabbi Schuldenfrei firmly believes that the New York Mets will win the World Series (well, maybe one day).
Cantor Rachel Goldman
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Cantor Rachel Goldman is beyond excited to be joining the vibrant and loving community at Congregation Ner Tamid. A native of Los Angeles, Cantor Goldman began her vocal training as a coloratura soprano at a young age, spending a majority of her childhood in the highly-acclaimed Los Angeles Children's Chorus. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the American Jewish University in 2010 with a degree in Classical Jewish Studies, BA, after several years at University of California Santa Barbara, where she studied both Vocal Performance and Italian Studies and was selected for a summer residency in the Loire Valley, France. Ordained as Cantor at the Academy for Jewish Religion California, in May of 2014under the tutelage of many incredible cantors (including CNT’s beloved Cantor Sam Radwine), she holds a Masters of Jewish Sacred Music from the same institution. She is planning to receive a second ordination as Rabbi and a Masters of Rabbinic Studies in May of 2017. Cantor Goldman served for over seven years at Congregation Beit T’Shuvah, a synagogue and full inpatient addiction rehabilitation center that incorporates Jewish teachings. When not at shul, Cantor Goldman loves to watch the finest comedies Netflix has to offer and eat as many quesadillas as humanly possible.
Cantor Emeritus Samuel B. Radwine
Cantor Emeritus Samuel B. Radwine was Cantor of Congregation Ner Tamid of South Bay from 1986-2013. Cantor Radwine grew up in Taylorville, Illinois. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois where he earned a B.S. in Instrumental Music Education.
His investiture as a Cantor from the Hebrew Union College in 1981 was the culmination of five years of graduate studies in New York City. Currently, Cantor Radwine serves on the faculty of the Los Angeles campus of the Hebrew Union College. Prior to coming to Congregation Ner Tamid, Cantor Radwine served the United Jewish Center in Danbury, Connecticut. Cantor Radwine has a number of professional affiliations including membership in the American Conference of Cantors and the National Association of Temple Educators.