Clergy, Leadership and Staff


Rabbi Sam Rotenberg

A proficient musician, passionate teacher, certified shochet, father, and lover of Jewish tradition, Rabbi Sam Rotenberg is the senior Rabbi at B’nai Zion Congregation. Rabbi Rotenberg grew up in South Florida, and spent his summers as a camper and on staff at Camp Ramah Darom in Clayton, Georgia. Rabbi Rotenberg received his B.A. in Philosophy and Jazz piano from the University of Miami, completed a year of yeshiva learning at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, and was ordained by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in 2018. Rabbi Rotenberg served as assistant Rabbi at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, and began serving B’nai Zion in July of 2021. He has three children – Meir (7), Della (5), and Orly (1). His wife, Rabbi Keilah Lebell, most recently served as assistant Rabbi at Ikar in Los Angeles. Rabbi Rotenberg loves meeting people for coffee. Please reach out to find a time to get together! 

Fun fact about Rabbi Rotenberg: As an avid audiobook listener, he had a spot in an audible commercial in 2019! The commercial still runs on certain networks.


Terry Wheeler, Board President


Board Members 5781-5782

Terry Wheeler, President
Tal Cohen, Vice-President
Jackie Rosenfeld, Secretary
Scott Israel, Treasurer

Board Members
Term Ends 2024
Scott Israel
Paula Jarman
Alan Lebovitz
Jessica Soufer
Terry Wheeler

Term Ends 2023
Tal Cohen
Dr. Bill Hillner
Joe Kodsi
Jackie Rosenfeld
Roy Rosenfeld
Mark Shapiro

Past Presidents
Dr. Reuben Dubrow
Irv Ginsburg
Lynn Hochman
Alan Lebovitz
Owen Allen
Joel Susman
Jordan Parker
Dr. Bill Hillner
Click here for a full list by year of past presidents.

Lester Votava, of blessed memory

Lester was our valued Office and Operations Volunteer since 2003! He could always be found hard at work in the office every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, usually arriving even before the paid staff. Lester coordinated much of the routine building needs, prepared Shabbat service sheets, organized yahrzeit plaque lightings, organized and led the yellow candle shipping, and anything else that he could do to help. We will greatly miss our friend and helper.

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