Shir Shalom Staff

  • Michael Joseph, Rabbi

  • Ross Van Boven, Religious School Director

  • Ann Eisenstadt, Office Manager

Officers 2019-2020

  • Marcia Storch, President

  • Alyssa Zucker, 1st Vice-President

  • Amy Carson, 2nd Vice-President

  • Henry Luban, Treasurer

  • Julia Egan, Secretary

  • Adela Beckerman, Past President


Trustees 2020-2021

  • Nancy Bitton

  • Lynne Holt

  • Howard Malatsky

  • Jamie Menczer

  • Lee Schwartz

  • Sonya Stahl

Trustees 2020-2022

  • Eric Ascher

  • Kim Feigenbaum

  • Jeremy Pimosch

Rabbi Joseph


Rabbi Michael Lewis Joseph became spiritual leader of Temple Shir Shalom in July 2004 after previous service to congregations in Norfolk, Virginia, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and New Orleans, Louisiana. Rabbi Joseph received his rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1989.


Rabbi Joseph was born and raised in Port Washington, New York, oldest of three brothers. He graduated from Yale University in 1980, and worked for four years as a cook and chef in gourmet restaurants in Boston and San Francisco. He met his wife, Debbie, as a fellow first-year rabbinic student in Jerusalem in 1984, and they married in December 1986.


Michael and Debbie have two children: Edie, born in 1990, and Ben, born in 1992. Rabbi Joseph is an award-winning amateur photographer whose work has been featured in the Gainesville Sun and exhibited at the Alachua County Public Library and several local galleries.

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