An engaging, vibrant, and inclusive synagogue
Senior Rabbi Steven Schwartz
Rabbi Steven Schwartz is a graduate of Brandeis University. He went on to earn a Masters degree in psychology from the University of Maryland. He entered the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York and was ordained as a Rabbi. He joined Beth El in 1998 as our Associate Rabbi and became our Sr. Rabbi June 2008 upon the retirement of Rabbi Mark Loeb. Rabbi Schwartz is a member of the Board of Directors of The Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies and is the community-at-large member of the Johns Hopkins University Internal Review Board. He is also a past president of the Baltimore Board of Rabbis. Rabbi Schwartz and his wife Rebecca have three children and reside in Owings Mills. Click HERE to read Rabbi Schwartz's blog.
Associate Rabbi Dana Saroken
Rabbi Dana Saroken is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Arizona's Honors Program with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and Jewish Studies. She went on to the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York City where she was ordained a Rabbi in 2004 . She worked as the Educational Director for the “Up With People” an international organization best known for performing arts, community service and global education. Thereafter she became the Director of the Jewish Student Association at Georgetown University and subsequently as the Assistant Rabbi at the New City Jewish Center in New York. Rabbi Saroken joined Beth El in 2007 and was our first female Rabbi and is our Associate Rabbi. She and her husband Rafi have three children. Click HERE to read Rabbi Saroken's sermons.
Rabbi Educator Faith Cantor
Rabbi Faith Cantor is a graduate of Cal State University in Northridge where she majored in history. Rabbi Cantor completed her Junior year of college in Israel at the Jerusalem Hebrew University. She completed her studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York. After ordination as a Rabbi she became the Director of Judaic studies for Solomon Schecter in Suffolk County, New York. Thereafter, she accepted the position of Associate Rabbi at Temple Israel in Charlotte, North Carolina. Rabbi Cantor has had experience in traditional rabbinic duties of counseling people on coping with life challenges, working in youth departments, and in adult education. She joined Beth El in July 2011 as our “Rabbi-Educator."
Cantor Thom King
Cantor Thom King is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the Hart School of Music in Hartford Connecticut, where he studied voice and hazzanut under the tutelage of renowned Cantor Arthur Koret. He is a commissioned member of the Cantors Assembly. He has performed internationally in cantorial concerts, recitals, symphony concerts, and opera, and has appearances at Carnegie Hall in NY, and at El Palacio De Las Bella Artes in Mexico. City. Cantor King can be heard on "Thom King Sings Michael Isaacson”, a CD of contemporary Jewish music. He has been our cantor since 1997. He is a founder and director of Beth El Congregation's adult and junior choirs. Cantor King and his wife Cantor Shazy King, have three daughters and reside in Pikesville.