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.
Meara Lebovitz is a 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.
We warmly welcome back Holly Michelson to the role of religious school director. Holly received a master’s degree in Jewish Education from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, as well as an honorary doctorate degree in 2015. She was granted the title of Reform Jewish Educator by the Union of Reform Judaism. Holly has enjoyed teaching for almost forty years, and has taught various classes at Oheb Sholom for the last twenty one.