Clergy and Staff

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: hoyvey@aol.com

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.

Education Director Gal Kessler Rohs 

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Gal Kessler Rohs joins us with bundles of energy, and passion for the world of children, families, community, education, Judaism and religion. Her experiences are from London, Tel Aviv, New York 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 Director, who believes in the “Children First” philosophy. Gal anticipates rolling up her sleeves, and, yes, engaging in messy hands-on activities with Temple Beth David’s children and families!

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gkrohs@templebd.com