923 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37403

OUR RABBI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Autumn Clark, Office Manager

Autumn joined B’nai Zion in February 2023. She brings a wealth of administrative and creative knowledge from her many years at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and managing administration for her husband’s small business. Autumn’s goal is to ensure congregants get the assistance they need and that B’nai Zion’s administration progresses and runs smoothly.  Autumn can be reached at office@bzcongregation.com.

LAY LEADERSHIP

Terry Wheeler, President

Terry is a retired attorney, who specialized in legal issues in the management of new drug clinical trials from patient recruitment to FDA submission. She is married to Norton “Norty” Wheeler. They are the parents of Inga, Travis, Tanya (z’l), and Paul (z’l) and grandparents of Elliot, Allison, Drew, Sam and Ashley. She and her husband joined BZ as part-time members in 2012 when they began spending summers in Chattanooga. They became full members in 2015. Terry and Norty are regulars at Shabbat and holiday services. Terry loves to read Torah and chant Haftarah, as well as leading various parts of the service. Her favorite parashah is Nitzavim, and her favorite Haftarah is Chaye Sarah. When she leads Musaf, she likes to surprise the congregation with new melodies for Adon Olam. Terry has been active on the BZ Board since she joined the synagogue. She became President in 2022. She sees her greatest challenge as leading BZ through its move to a new, permanent home.

Board Members and Officers, 5783-5784

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

Board Members
Term Ends 2025
Tal Cohen
Scott Israel
Laura Moore
Mark Shapiro

Term Ends 2024
Paula Jarman
Alan Lebovitz
Jackie Rosenfeld
Jessica Soufer
Terry Wheeler

Past Presidents
Owen Allen
Dr. Reuben Dubrow
Irv Ginsburg
Dr. Bill Hillner
Lynn Hochman
Scott Israel
Alan Lebovitz
Joel Susman
Jordan Parker

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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Office Hours

B’nai Zion Congregation
923 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37403
(enter parking lot from Oak Street)

Monday: Closed
Tuesday-Thursday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Friday: 10:00am – 3:00pm

Please call ahead to confirm someone will be in the office when you arrive!

Contact

Rabbi Samuel Rotenberg: rabbirotenberg@bzcongregation.com

Autumn Clark, Office Manager: office@bzcongregation.com

Phone: 423.894.8900

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Weekly Services

Wednesday Minyan
6:00pm

Friday Kabbalat Shabbat
6:00pm

Shabbat Morning
9:45 am

See our Worship & Events page for all up to date services!