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Senior Rabbi Steven Schwartz

Rabbi Steven Schwartz is a graduate of Brandeis University. He went on to earn a Masters degree in psychology from the University of Maryland. He entered the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York and was ordained as a Rabbi. He joined Beth El in 1998 as our Associate Rabbi and became our Sr. Rabbi June 2008 upon the retirement of Rabbi Mark Loeb. Rabbi Schwartz is a member of the Board of Directors of The Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies and is the community-at-large member of the Johns Hopkins University Internal Review Board. He is also a past president of the Baltimore Board of Rabbis. Rabbi Schwartz and his wife Rebecca have three children and reside in Owings Mills. Click HERE to read Rabbi Schwartz's blog

Rabbi Dana Saroken

Rabbi Dana Saroken is a Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Arizona’s Honors Program with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and Jewish Studies. She attended rabbinical school at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City where she was ordained in 2004.  Prior to becoming a rabbi, she worked as the Educational Director for “Up With People” an international organization best known for performing arts, community service and global education. Thereafter, she became the Director of the Jewish Student Association at Georgetown University and subsequently the Assistant Rabbi at the New City Jewish Center in New York. Rabbi Saroken joined Beth El in 2007 and was the congregation’s first female rabbi. She is currently serving as both a traditional rabbi at Beth El and the founder of the Soul Center.  In addition to her congregational work, Rabbi Saroken sits on the board of the Associated, and has been selected to be a part of the national Kenissa Cohort for Jewish Start-Ups.  She is also a current fellow of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s rabbinic cohort.  Rabbi Saroken was recently named one of Jewish Women’s International ten “women to watch” for 2018.  She and her husband, Rafi Rone, are blessed to have three children. Click HERE to read Rabbi Saroken's sermons.

Cantor Thom King

Cantor Thom King is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the Hart School of Music in Hartford Connecticut, where he studied voice and hazzanut under the tutelage of renowned Cantor Arthur Koret. He is a commissioned member of the Cantors Assembly. He has performed internationally in cantorial concerts, recitals, symphony concerts, and opera, and has appearances at Carnegie Hall in NY, and at El Palacio De Las Bella Artes in Mexico. City. Cantor King can be heard on "Thom King Sings Michael Isaacson”, a CD of contemporary Jewish music. He has been our cantor since 1997. He is a founder and director of Beth El Congregation's adult and junior choirs. Cantor King and his wife Cantor Shazy King, have three daughters and reside in Pikesville.

Cantor Melanie Blatt

Cantor Melanie Blatt recently was ordained by Hebrew College and is excited to continue to serve the Beth El Community in her new role as Cantor Educator and Director of Community Engagement.  Cantor Blatt has a Bachelor's Degree in Fire Protection Engineering from University of Maryland College Park with a Scholars Citation of the Arts.  She has also earned a Master's Degree in Jewish Education, Leadership, and Communal Service from Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson University and a Master’s Degree in Jewish Studies from Hebrew College.  Cantor Blatt has performed for audiences all over the country including President Obama at the White House.  With a background in dance, movement, and meditation, Cantor Blatt looks forward to integrating her passions into her programming.  She also has been a certified personal trainer since 2010.

Wed, January 27 2021 14 Shevat 5781