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Rabbi Shoshanah Conover
Senior Rabbi


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rabbiconover@sholomchicago.org
Rabbi Shoshanah Conover is only the 8th Senior Rabbi Temple Sholom has had during its 152-year history.  She earned a B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her love of the Jewish people and Jewish texts as well as a strong commitment to social justice led her to rabbinical school. 
Rabbi Conover’s responsibilities at Temple Sholom of Chicago reflect her passions: learning and teaching inspiring (and challenging) texts, leading dynamic and engaging spiritual experiences, serving as pastoral counselor, and finding ways to improve our world through the guidelines of our faith. 
Rabbi Conover is a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute.  She serves on the Executive Committee of the Chicago Board of Rabbis as well as the Rabbinic, Educator, Cantorial Advisory Committee (RECC) of Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI). She is a leader in the pioneering work of the Illinois Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC-IL) and serves on the Steering Committee of the Chicago Status of Women and Girls Working Group.  She proudly sits on the Board of the Midwest Anti-Defamation League. 
Rabbi Conover was honored to receive AVODAH’s Partner in Tzedek Award and the Chicago Board of Rabbis’ Rabbi Mordecai Simon Memorial Award as well as being a featured speaker at the Women’s March on Chicago 2017.  She enjoys co-hosting a podcast on Jewish and Israeli films called The Chosen Films.  Her poems and essays have been published in numerous collections including A Life of Meaning: Embracing Reform Judaism's Sacred PathSeven Days, Many Voices: Insights into the Biblical Story of Creation, and the newly published Moral Resistance and Spiritual Authority.  
Rabbi Conover is grateful to work in and for a community in which she is proud to raise her two sons Eli and Ben with her husband Damien. 


Cantor Sheera Ben-David
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cantorbendavid@sholomchicago.org
Cantor Sheera Ben-David has spent her life immersed in the Jewish community and congregations. After graduating from New York University, she followed in her father’s footsteps and began her cantorial career as the soloist for Jewish Family Congregation of South Salem, NY, and went on to serve Beth Am Temple of Pearl River, NY, The Reform Temple of Forest Hills, Temple Israel of New York City and Central Synagogue of New York City. She is deeply proud to continue the legacy that her father, Cantor Kerry Ben-David z”l, began when he converted in 1980 and entered cantorial school at Hebrew Union College. He went on to become Cantor Emeritus at Scarsdale Synagogue in New York after 25 years of loving service. Cantor Ben-David’s mother, Batyah Godfrey Ben-David was a principal singer at The Metropolitan Opera House for over 24 years. Both her mother and father have been tremendous influences musically and spiritually.
As an extension of Cantor Ben-David’s love and devotion to music, she is an award winning cabaret singer. She has delivered multiple critically-acclaimed runs at The Oak Room of The Algonquin Hotel, The Royal Room of The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida, Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, and other popular venues around the country where she received rave reviews from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post and other publications. Throughout her secular singing career, she always remained in service to her congregations and feels the intimate craft of communicating and storytelling through music has only enhanced her connection with the incredible Sacred Music of the Jewish people.
Cantor Ben-David is a graduate of Hebrew Union College and after 17 years of connections to many wonderful temples in the New York area, she feels she is finally home at Temple Sholom of Chicago. She started her cantorate at Temple Sholom on July 1, 2016 and her whole family is incredibly blessed to be part of this community. Cantor Ben-David shares a home with her husband, Steven Miller, two sons, Baxter and Shadow and their dog, Wolfenstein.

 

Rabbi Scott Gellman
Associate Rabbi


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rabbigellman@sholomchicago.org
Rabbi Scott Gellman is the Associate Rabbi at Temple Sholom. He was ordained by Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in May 2017. He previously received his B.A. from Indiana University in Jewish Studies and Philosophy. Rabbi Gellman also attended Gratz College in Philadelphia, where he graduated, cum laude, with a master's degree in Jewish Studies and a Certificate of Jewish Education. Rabbi Gellman’s roles at Temple Sholom include providing pastoral care, engaging with students of all ages, and providing support to our Sholom Justice community group, Or Chadash, Temple Sholom’s LGBTQ+ and Allies group, and support to each and every one of our members.
Rabbi Gellman served numerous Rabbinic roles during his time at HUC-JIR, including: Student Rabbi at congregations in Beckley, West Virginia and Saginaw, Michigan; Chaplain at a Jewish nursing home; as well as Rabbinic Intern and Director of Youth Engagement at Temple Sinai of Bergen County, New Jersey. Rabbi Gellman’s love of Jewish youth work and summer camp were cultivated during many summers at URJ Camp Coleman in Georgia as a camper, counselor, and as a senior staff member.
Rabbi Gellman and his wife Ma’ayan Eckstein, both originally from South Florida, live in the Ravenswood neighborhood with their dog, Shmooli.

Rabbi Rena Singer
Assistant Rabbi

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Rabbi Rena Singer joined Temple Sholom as an Assistant Rabbi, July 1st, 2020, shortly after being ordained by Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR). Prior to HUC-JIR, Rabbi Singer earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Brandeis University, Dean’s List Cum Laude. 
She also spent two year at New York City’s Hadar Institute, an experientially immersive and innovative yeshiva. Rena likes to say she’s always looking to find “new ways to say ancient sentences.” This is evident in an initiative she an close friend, Rabbi Samantha Frank, undertook in third year of rabbinical school. They sought to engage with today’s younger generation and seized it by creating Modern Ritual. 
Modern Ritual is a Jewish Instagram account with relevant, timely posts about Shabbat, holidays and Jewish concepts. During the work on Modern Ritual, Rabbi Singer learned how to use social media as an educational tool and today boosts over 14,000 followers. As she says, “our goal is to empower and inspire people to live Jewishly at home. I am so excited for the ways that my work with Modern Ritual will inform my work at Temple Sholom and vice versa." 
Rabbi Singer is settling into her new life in Chicago, including moving into our Lakeview neighborhood and looking forward to bringing her Torah and Talmudic learning and teaching to Temple Sholom. 

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