Originally from the South Side and then Highland Park, Rabbi David Ebstein received his BA from Washington University in 1979 and was ordained as a rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1988. After serving Congregation Beth Emeth in Herndon, VA for 7 years, David and his family fulfilled a lifelong dream by making aliyah in 1995.
When in Israel, David’s primary work is officiating at B’nai Mitzvah, weddings, renewals of vows and other life cycle events for families who have chosen to celebrate in Israel. David is a licensed tour guide in Israel so on days when he isn’t busy with life cycle events, he can happily show his beloved country to tourists and pilgrims. David is the proud son of our Choir Director, Bernie Ebstein. When not serving as our interim Rabbi, David lives in Jerusalem with his wife, Rena Magun. They are blessed with 5 adult children: Maytal , Eran, Noa, Matan and his wife Emuna.
Hazzan Hery Chulef grew up in Lima, Perú, attending Hebrew Day School for 15 years. He went on to study at the University in Perú before coming to the United States in 1986 and earning a BA in Psychology from Earlham College. From there, Hazzan Hery attended Cantorial School at Yeshiva University, NYC, graduating in 1993. Before coming to Congregation B’nai Tikvah, Hazzan Hery served as Hazzan at Havurat Yisrael, a Modern Orthodox synagogue in Queens, New York.
Hazzan Hery joined the B’nai Tikvah community in 2001 as our High Holiday Hazzan, and went on to become Ritual Educator in 2003. From there, he has lovingly trained, nurtured, and prepared hundreds of B’nai Tikvah children and adults in Ritual skills and prayer. Hazzan Hery was formally installed as the Hazzan at B’nai Tikvah in 2014. Hery is a B’nai Tikvah treasure.