Clergy & Staff

 

Rabbi Philip Ohriner
Senior Rabbi

Rabbi Philip Ohriner joined Congregation Beth David in the summer of 2010. He was raised in Knoxville, Tennessee and enjoyed being a part of a small, Southern Jewish community in his youth. Philip graduated from Indiana University with degrees in vocal performance and Jewish studies.  He then went on to pursue investiture as a cantor at the Jewish Theological Seminary.  Midway through his training, Philip transferred into the rabbinical school at JTS. In 2010, he received an M.A. in Hebrew Arts and Letters and rabbinic ordination with a concentration in Talmud and Rabbinics. During his eight years at JTS, Philip served as a student rabbi and student cantor in congregations throughout the country. He also received training in clinical pastoral skills and worked as a chaplain at Bellevue Hospital in New York. Prior to joining Congregation Beth David as assistant rabbi, Philip served as the Legacy Heritage Rabbinic Fellow at Congregation Beth Israel in Flint, Michigan. Philip is married to Rabbi Shoshana Ohriner. They have three boys, Ari, Elior and Kobi.  Contact

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Rabbi Daniel Pressman
Emeritus

Rabbi Emeritus Daniel Pressman was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He had a rich Jewish upbringing. His parents, Rabbi Jacob and Marjorie Pressman, modeled devotion to Judaism and community. Camp Ramah and United Synagogue Youth gave him formative Jewish experiences. He graduated from UCLA, while also attending the University of Judaism, and was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.

Rabbi Pressman served Congregation Ner Tamid in Palos Verdes, California for seven years before coming to Congregation Beth David.  He was active in leadership roles both locally and nationally. He originated the Torah Sparks on the weekly Torah portion for the USCJ, now appearing in five volumes as Torah Encounters. Rabbi Pressman served as our Senior Rabbi for 33 years until his retirement in 2014. He recently served as a Transitional Rabbi for Congregation Shearith Israel in Dallas, Texas. Contact

  Tanya Lorien

Tanya came to Beth David from the private sector with decades of volunteer experience as well as the same number of years in professional operations management and training. She spent years in the “start up” world where, as Director of Operations, she was responsible for the smooth running of multiple departments and anything that might crop up. This environment of many hats was an excellent foundation for synagogue life.  Additionally, she is on track to obtain a Masters in Jewish Professional Service in December of 2018 from the Spertus Institute, who was recently recognized in the 2018 Slingshot Guide; Slingshot says “its alumni will be the next generation of leading thinkers who will transform Jewish life professionally.” Contact

Barbara Biran

As Director of Lifecycle Events and Synagogue Ritual, Barbara has mastered her skills with Rabbi Pressman, Rabbi Schonbrun and with our former Hazzan, Melanie Fine.  Barbara tutors all of our B’nei Mitzvah students – adults as well as children.  Additionally Barbara teaches in the Religious School supervises the kitchen staff, manages the cemetery, the memorial wall and works with the Rabbis on Ritual related projects. Contact

 

Sarah Hanuka 

As Director of Lifelong Learning, Sarah approaches Jewish education with a passion and tenacity that flows from both her roots in Israel and her immigrant experience in America. Her intense commitment – as there is no other way to describe it – has a tremendous impact on all who meet her. She taught Hebrew and Judaic Studies at several Jewish Day Schools, became School Principal at Temple Anshe Sholom in Illinois, and directed the Religious schools at Temple Sholom of Chicago and Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles. “At regular school you learn how to become a doctor, a lawyer. In Religious School, we learn how to become human beings.” Sarah’s approach to teaching Judaism is through knowledge and love of the language, the land and the people. Contact