Our Staff

07-03-12-056 edited-6 Brian Michelson portraitRabbi Brian I. Michelson

Brian I. Michelson is the rabbi of Reform Congregation Oheb Sholom in Reading, PA, where he has served since 1998. Previously, Brian spent six years as a rabbi at Temple Beth Israel in Melbourne, Australia. He was ordained at the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1992. He received his BA from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. In 2003, Brian earned a Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Ethics from Rush University in Chicago. In 2017, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity by the Hebrew Union College in honor of twenty-five years of service to the Jewish community.

In the community, he is a past Chairman of the Board for the Berks Visiting Nurse Association and he is still a member of their board. Brian is the Jewish chaplain at the Reading Hospital and a member of the Institutional Review Board. He also serves as a board member for Easy Does It, Inc. and the Jewish Federation of Reading. Brian has been heavily involved in interfaith projects and dialogue in the Berks County area. He is one of the original founders of “A Common Heart” Jewish, Catholic, and Muslim Dialogue for which he and his fellow co-founders were awarded the Franciscan Prize by Alvernia University in 2016. He is married to Holly and they have two daughters, Naomi and Gabriella.

Read Rabbi Michelson’s welcome message.

Student Cantor

We warmly welcome our new student cantor Meara Lebovitz. Meara is a fourth-year cantorial student at the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music in New York. She previously served as the Cantorial Intern for North Country Reform Temple in Glen Cove, N.Y., and Temple Israel in Westport, Conn.. Meara earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Hartford and a Master’s in Jewish Communal Service from Gratz College in Philadelphia.  She also worked as a supervisor at URJ Camp Harlam in 2009 and 2010.

Judy Head and Shoulders CopyLakin Preschool Director/Religious School Administrator

 In addition to serving as the Lakin Preschool Director for over 15 years, Judy Synnamon also administers our religious school program for pre-kindergarten through 7th grade.

Bookkeeper

Beth Bruck is available to assist with your billling and donation questions from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM Monday through Friday.

Secretary

We warmly welcome back our administrative secretary, Laura Stewart.
Office hours are 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.