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 Mark Stanton

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We are excited to announce the appointment of Cantor Mark Stanton as our new Cantor-Educator. He joined Rabbi Offner as a full-time member of our clergy team on July 1, 2018.

Cantor Stanton grew up in Flushing, Queens, and he received his Bachelor of Music in 1993 at the University of Hartford's Hartt School of Music. He was ordained as a cantor in 2004 at the Academy for Jewish Religion and has since served as the full-time cantor of Congregation Beth Emeth in Wilmington, Delaware. He has worked closely with the rabbi, religious school director, and staff of his synagogue to create innovative and exciting spiritual, musical, and learning experiences for congregants of all ages, and he brought those same skills to running the B'nei Mitzvah program. He has a love of programming for children, serving as visiting faculty at Jewish summer camps for many years. His passion for drama and choral music are evident in events he fostered at his synagogue and at camp.

Cantor Stanton performs all of the traditional duties of a cantor including co-officiating with the Rabbi at Shabbat, holidays, and life-cycle events. In addition, he leads our Religious School and B'nei Mitzvah program.

When you meet Cantor Stanton, you will discover his warmth and good humor; when you hear his  voice, you will be moved by its beauty and spirituality; when you study with him you will enjoy sharing his wisdom and insights.

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