Rabbi Stacy Offner

 “I am delighted to be the Rabbi of Temple Beth Tikvah.  The congregation is filled with interesting, inquisitive, caring people who want to create Jewish community together.  I couldn’t ask for more.  Walking hand in hand, we create meaning for people’s lives, with Judaism as our guidepost, so everyone can feel support, growth, purpose, belonging and connectedness.” 

Rabbi Offner joined Temple Beth Tikvah in 2012 and has brought wisdom, joy and warmth to help create the vibrant and participatory congregation that TBT is today.  Rabbi Offner was the founding Rabbi of Shir Tikvah Congregation in Minneapolis where the congregation grew from 40 to 400 households under her leadership. She then served as the Vice President of the Union for Reform Judaism where she shared her love of congregational life with the URJ’s 900 synagogues. Before joining us at TBT, Rabbi Offner served as the Interim Rabbi at Adath Emanu-El in Mt. Laurel, N.J.  Recognized as a pioneer in many ways since her Ordination in 1984, Rabbi Offner was honored with her own wikipedia page.  A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Kenyon College, Rabbi Offner earned both her M.A. and Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.  

Rabbi Offner is married to Nancy Abramson, an MSW with extensive experience in the fields of mental health and non-profit management.  Their daughter, Cantor Jill Abramson, is the Senior Cantor at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, NY and is married to Rabbi Jonathan Malamy, chaplain at the New Jewish Home in Manhattan. Their son, Dr. Charlie Abramson, and his wife Heather live in Aspen, Colorado where he serves as an Emergency Room Physician. Rabbi and Nancy are the very proud grandparents of Eli Reuben Malamy.

You can reach Rabbi Offner at rabbi@tbtshoreline.org or 203-245-7028.

 

Cantor Kevin Margolius

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Kevin Margolius is the Cantor and Religious School Director at Temple Beth Tikvah in Madison, CT.  He received his ordination from Hebrew College in 2013, as well as an MA in Jewish Studies in 2012.  While at Hebrew College, he was awarded the Myer and Anna Wolf Prize for Judaic and Hebraic Studies, the Cantor Rick Boyer Prize for Hazzanut, and an honorary diploma from the Prozdor High School. He is a member of the Cantors Assembly (Conservative), American Conference of Cantors (Reform), and Guild of Temple Musicians (Reform).

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Cantor Margolius came to Boston to study at Tufts University.  He graduated with a BS in Quantitative Economics and was active in Hillel.  While at Tufts, he recorded three award-winning albums with the Jewish a cappella group Shir Appeal. His arrangement of “Le’an Shelo Telchi” was selected for The Best Of Jewish A Cappella, vol. 2.

Before coming to Temple Beth Tikvah, Cantor Margolius served as the music director and cantorial intern at Temple Beth Shalom in Peabody, MA.  He was previously the student cantor at Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline and at Ahavath Torah Congregation in Stoughton.  He also completed a unit of chaplaincy training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and served as the conducting fellow of the Zamir Chorale of Boston.

In addition to his congregational work, Cantor Margolius taught at the Prozdor High School of Hebrew College. He enjoys composing music, playing piano and guitar, and collecting books.  He lives in New Haven with his husband Dr. Jason Gaines.

You can reach Cantor Margolius at cantor@tbtshoreline.org or 203-245-7028.