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Rabbi Dayle Friedman MSW, MA, BCC , Interim Rabbi

Rabbi Dayle is thrilled to be serving CBH in a moment of change and transformation. In her work as a chaplain and spiritual guide, she has learned about the power and promise of transitions. She looks forward to accompanying the CBH community as it envisions its future. She firmly believes that Judaism can be a source of inspiration and ennoblement at any moment of life, and particularly in times of flux and loss. As a spiritual guide, social innovator, chaplain, and scholar, she has been a leader in the fields of spirituality and aging, pastoral care, and Jewish healing.

Rabbi Dayle recently served as Interim Rabbi for Congregation Leyv ha-Ir. Previously, she founded and directed Hiddur: The Center for Aging and Judaism of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and was founding Director of Chaplaincy Services of Philadelphia Geriatric Center. She offers spiritual direction, pastoral care, and consulting on caregiving and end-of-life care through her Philadelphia-based, national practice, Growing Older

Rabbi Dayle’s writing has been published widely. Recent works include Jewish Wisdom for Growing Older: Finding Your Grit and Grace Beyond Midlife, and Jewish End-of-Life Care in a Virtual Age: Our Traditions Reimagined, which she co-edited. Her first book, Jewish Pastoral Care: A Practical Handbook from Traditional and Contemporary Sources, is recognized as a foundational text for its field. 

Rabbi Dayle was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; she earned Masters’ degrees in Social Work and Jewish Communal Service from USC and HUC-LA. She trained as a spiritual director with Yedidya Center’s Moreh Derekh program. Her work has been recognized with awards from the Forward, the American Society on Aging, and Neshama:  Association of Jewish Chaplains. 

Watch Rabbi Dayle’s latest video message here
Watch Rabbi Dayle sing her melody, Biyado-In Your Kind Care.

To contact Rabbi Dayle, please email Hailey Monette, rabbiassistant@cbhatlanta.org.


Greg Lawrence, Executive Director

Greg is excited to join the Congregation Bet Haverim community, one that reflects his own personal, progressive Jewish values.  

Greg arrives most recently by way of Temple Beth Sholom in Miami Beach, where he spent 7+ years, including 4 years as Director of The Tribe, TBS's Jewish young professionals community engagement and leadership development initiative, and 3+ as Director of Membership. 

Prior roles in his Jewish professional career include Membership Liaison at Congregation Sha'ar Zahav, San Francisco's preeminent LGBT Synagogue and Operations Manager at Eden Village Camp, a pluralistic Jewish organic farm sleepaway camp and retreat center in New York. He has also held many positions as a Jewish educator over the years, including 1 year as a teacher in our CBH Community School during the sole prior year that he lived in Atlanta, 2013-2014.  

Greg holds bachelors degrees in both psychology and neuroscience from Brandeis University (Waltham, MA). He holds a master's degree in transpersonal counseling psychology from John F. Kennedy University (Pleasant Hill, CA). His most recent foray into post-graduate education was earning 1 unit of Clinical Pastoral Education through Emory Center for Pastoral Services, where he could be found as a chaplain intern at Emory Midtown Hospital.

Greg joins the CBH community alongside his wife, Rachel, and their two children, Hazel and Ember, who will eagerly be participating in CBH Community School.


Gayanne Geurin, Music Director, is honored to lead prayer, chant, and music at Congregation Bet Haverim for many years. As Music Director, she guides the artistic integration of music programming in congregational life. Since co-founding the Chorus in 2000, she has worked collaboratively with congregants, Rabbi Josh, and Will Robertson to foster an organic, dynamic, and innovative approach to music in liturgy.

Gayanne is a fellow with Hadar’s Rising Song Institute led by Joey Weisenberg. The first of its kind, this musical incubator is a cohort of selected musicians, composers, and prayer leaders whose aim is to “model and articulate a paradigm for twenty-first-century musical-spiritual leaders.”

Gayanne is also a singer who has done extensive work with one-of-a-kind improvisational performer and teacher, Rhiannon. Gayanne’s most profound musical learning was singing under Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for three years.  She enjoyed returning to Symphony Hall in November 2018 with a select ensemble that sang with Bobby McFerrin and Rhiannon.  

Gayanne holds a master's degree in religious studies from the University of Chicago Divinity School and a master's in clinical social work. She was a psychotherapist for 27 years.  Now, when not working at CBH Gayanne offers vocal coaching and workshops. Gayanne is the mother of two adult children, is a brand new grandparent of identical twin boys, and can’t wait to teach them to swim where she lives in Pine Lake.

Gayanne will be releasing her first solo album in 2020 inspired by Trees and Torah.


Will Robertson, Chorus Director and Bandleader, is  the composer or arranger of much of the synagogue's repertoire. 

Will studied classical double bass, composition and choral conducting at Rice University in Houston and the Kodaly Pedagogical Institute in Hungary and music production at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has been the producer of all of CBH's albums to date. 

As an instrumentalist, Will has worked or performed with Grammy-winning and -nominated musicians such as John Mayer, Clay Cook (Zac Brown Band), Shawn Mullins and Pat Sansone (Wilco). Will has also produced/engineered, performed with and arranged for artists such as Rebecca Loebe (featured on the debut season of NBC’s “The Voice”), David Berkeley, Arlington Priest, The Brilliant Inventions and Eliot Bronson. Will’s work has been featured on TV and radio worldwide. 

Will, his wife Amy and their two children are actively involved members of CBH. 

"The thing I have found most compelling about working with the musicians of CBH is their thirst for fusing all sorts of different sounds in interesting ways," Will says. "We somehow manage to successfully navigate a number of different stylistic roads, merging many varied traditions (Jewish and otherwise) with popular song, world music, ancient chant and all sorts of sounds you'd never expect to hear in a synagogue. I think this musical audacity is directly attributable to the culture of the congregation; incredible leadership from Rabbi Josh and Gayanne; a group of singers and instrumentalists with the focus, energy, dedication and desire to work to create something really unique; and, not least, the interpretive spirit of Reconstructionist Judaism. It's an honor and an incredible pleasure to be a part of this group."


Kate (Adina) Hennessey, Education Manager has been working in Jewish education settings professionally for 8+ years. She has worked with a diversity of denominations (from Orthodox to Interfaith) and with a broad spectrum of age groups (from infant to middle school). She has worked at many Jewish schools and organizations around Atlanta.  

Kate has worked as a Jewish education teacher, camp counselor, curriculum writer and consultant, and preschool administrator. She is passionate about teaching traditional Jewish and Hebrew topics in fresh experiential and sensory ways that help reach and engage children of all learning types and backgrounds. Kate believes in instilling a love of learning in children and that no child should feel bored about their Jewish education!

Kate is trained in the Hebrew Through Movement program. She also created a children’s Middot Yoga program, which she led weekly with Jewish preschoolers.  

Though her spare time is limited as a working single mother and student, Kate enjoys art, yoga, mussar, Ted Talks and Netflix originals, exploring new places around Atlanta, and spending time with the people she loves. 


Hailey Monette, Event Manager and Rabbi's Assistantcomes to us with an extensive creative background. She graduated with a BFA in Interior Design but after college went into event planning and has experience with all types of events from weddings to group trips and everything in between. For the last few years she has owned a bakery and was a cake artist, but after recently selling her business she decided that she missed event planning and is happy to jump right back in at CBH! She resides with her amazing husband and son as well as her two pups. Her son is a Senior in High School and looking forward to starting college in 2022.  Hailey’s passions include planning parties, the arts, volunteering and traveling.


Laurie Slack, Communications Manager, enjoys making things. She studied visual art at Carnegie Mellon University, went on to design costumes for various theaters around Atlanta, moved into the Jewish non-profit world here in Atlanta and then served as Jewish Programs Director at the Katie & Irwin Kahn JCC in Columbia, SC for six years.  After her return to Atlanta, Laurie found her way back to CBH and now handles the website, flyers, Facebook, eblasts, and other communication projects for the synagogue. She has a wonderful husband, Andy, and a delightful daughter, Orli.

She is a fellow of the Jewish Outreach Institute and a PJ Library Song Leader Bootcamp participant.

Laurie also teaches art at Jewish summer camp, teaches Hebrew school and leads a Girl Scout troop.  Never one to keep still for too long, she also freelances as a professional face painter.  In her free time, Laurie likes to cook, swim, ride her bicycle, read books, play ukulele, putter in the garden and create her own artworks.
 


Rabbi Joshua Lesser, Rabbi Emeritus 


 

 

Wed, December 8 2021 4 Tevet 5782