Rabbi Alan Lachtman DHL, MFCT, LTC ret, Certified Facilitator of Prepare/Enrich Marriage Assessment
Rabbi Lachtman was born in San Francisco. He has been our beloved Rabbi since 1976. He and his wife, Ellen, serve the congregation with warmth, dedication and a spirit of inclusion. Rabbi Lachtman has a degree in Marriage Family Child Therapy. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the Army Reserves. He teaches at the University of Judaism, the American Jewish Committee and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The Hebrew Union College honored him with a Doctorate of Divinity in 1999. He was voted best Rabbi by the readership of the Pasadena Weekly. To mail Rabbi Lachtaman, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Rabbi was honored for his 42-plus years as Temple Beth David’s spiritual leader and for the tremendous contributions he has made within our community at the 2018 Honoring Community Leaders brunch, on Sunday, October 21, 2018. JLife SGPV had the opportunity to sit down and speak with him on a wide range of topics ahead of his receiving the Jewish Federation’s honor and as a chance for him to reflect back on his career that has spanned five decades in the community.
Cantor Orly Campbell
Cantor Orly Campbell was born and raised in Northridge, California. She graduated from California State Northridge University (C.S.U.N.) in 2006 with a B.M in Vocal Arts. Cantor Orly received her master’s degree in Jewish Sacred Music and was ordained as a Cantor in 2018 from the Academy of Jewish Religion in California. (AJRCA)
Before attending AJRCA, Cantor Orly was singing and trying to make her Broadway dreams come true. After having her first baby, Cantor Orly auditioned for Daniel Pearl Days at Ahavat Shalom. It was at that moment she had her “out of body experience on the bima.” The next day she researched Cantorial schools and the rest is history.
While at AJRCA, Orly was a Judaica teacher and soloist at Adat Chaverim, a humanistic Jewish congregation. She was also an intern at Temple Ramat Zion (the temple she grew up in Northridge) as well as an intern at Temple Akiba, in Culver City. Cantor Orly was leading adult ed classes, partaking in life cycle events, and leading HHD’s.
Cantor Orly has led High Holidays with Craig Taubman at Sinai Temple in their “Hanefesh” service which incorporated singing from the soul. Orly then led High Holidays as a Cantorial Soloist with Desert Outreach Synagogue with Rabbi Julian King as well as at Beth Shir Shalom in 2017 and 2018 with Rabbi Neil Comess -Daniels.
Cantor Orly is truly blessed to have joined Temple Beth David in August of 2019. She is passionate about music, Judaism, teaching, and being a part of the beautiful TBD community.
Orly is married to her husband Adam and they reside in Los Angeles together with their 3 beautiful children; Joshua, Emma and Benjamin.
Cantor Orly’s mission statement: “As a cantor, my hope is to teach, guide, and inspire with the power of music and prayer. I hope to elevate the spiritual experience at services and life cycle events, leading every day with my heart, head, and most importantly, my soul. “
Listen to Cantor Orly singing:
Education Director Gal Kessler Rohs
Gal Kessler Rohs joins us with bundles of energy, and passion for the world of children, families, community, education and Judaism. Her educational experiences and training are from across the globe, ranging from London’s University of North London, Tel Aviv’s Tel Aviv University, New York’s Columbia University and Los Angeles. Gal grew up in Israel and London, served in the Israeli Air Force, attended Tel Aviv University, and then relocated to New York where she completed her Masters at the renowned Teachers College at Columbia University. Gal is a certified California Program School Director, who believes in the “Children First” philosophy. Gal is also the class facilitator for the Jewish Federation’s Gan Katan program, a class under the umbrella of PJ Library, designed to connect young families with the youngest of emergent learners into the San Gabriel Jewish life.
Gal was nominated “Woman of the Year” by the Jewish Federation SGPV in 2020. Read below what responsibility and leadership mean to her, and how days turn into nights, and nights into day as she anticipates Jewish engagement in the San Gabriel Valley. Gal anticipates rolling up her sleeves, and, yes, engaging in messy hands-on activities with Temple Beth David’s children and families!
Read the latest from our Education Director:
Our Role as adults, parents and educators (Sept. 2020)
Woman of the Year, and how Jewish engagement means turning days into nights, and nights into days (March 2020)