RABBI AARON BERGMAN is a Detroit native and a graduate of the University of Michigan. He was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary and pursued additional graduate work in Jewish Folklore at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He was part of the educators¹ program at the Shalom Hartman Institute.
Rabbi Bergman served as a rabbi at Congregation Beth Ahm and was Rabbi-in-Residence at Hillel Day School. He was the founding Director of Jewish Studies at the Frankel Jewish Academy and has been an instructor in the Melton Adult Education program.
Rabbi Bergman and his wife Ruth, a noted educator herself, are the proud parents of four wonderful daughters: Rina, Shira, Ariel and Rikki.
RABBI RACHEL SHERE is a native Detroiter. She grew up at Adat Shalom Synagogue and graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Rabbi Shere studied Torah at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem and received her rabbinic ordination from the University of Judaism in Los Angeles. She has been a rabbi with Adat Shalom since 2004 and loves being a part of its high energy team. In addition to working closely with professionals in our Learning Community, she enjoys facilitating interactive Torah study classes. Rabbi Shere and her husband Dan feel blessed to be the parents of three sons, Eitan, Avi and Ezra.
HAZZAN DANIEL GROSS was born in Newton, Massachusetts. When he was four years old, his family moved to Potomac, Maryland and then when he was eight, they settled in St. Louis, Missouri. In St. Louis, Daniel was very active at Traditional Congregation, B’nai Amoona USY, and various programs at the JCC. He spent many summers at Camp Ramah in Conover, Wisconsin, and this is where he discovered his voice. Thanks to the mandatory “audition” for every camper, Daniel was cast as Javert in Les Misérables (In Hebrew!) and the rest was history. After receiving his Master of Music Degree, Daniel moved to Pittsburgh, where he was a young artist with the Pittsburgh Opera for two years. He then returned to New York to become a member of the prestigious Juilliard Opera Center. In the opera world Hazzan Gross has performed with many of the country’s most reputable orchestras, opera companies, and chamber music organizations, including the Los Angeles Symphony, the Utah Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Pittsburgh Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, and Glimmerglass Opera. The New York Times described his lyrical baritone voice as “fine and creamy,” and Opera News wrote that his singing was “vibrant“ and “eloquent and rich voiced.” Hazzan Gross was the sole baritone selected by Thomas Quasthoff to participate in his Masterclass at Carnegie Hall. Daniel has also worked with such artists as Sherrill Milnes, Renata Scotto, Regine Crespin, and Jose van Dam. Hazzan Gross met his wife, Lauren, while performing together at the Wolf Trap Opera Company in 2001. Together with their children, Maxim, Zev, Zosia and Bram, they are the proud owners of their Yorktese, Zitro.
RABBI HERBERT YOSKOWITZ came to the Metropolitan Detroit area in 1994. He received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree, a Masters Degree in Hebrew Literature, and Rabbinic Ordination from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America. At the University of Florida Graduate School, he received a United States Public Health Fellowship and a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology. Through the Bush Foundation Leadership Program, He was appointed a Visiting Fellow at The University of Minnesota Bioethics Center. The author of numerous articles and book reviews, Rabbi Yoskowitz has served on the editorial board of Conservative Judaism Magazine and in the National UJA Rabbinic Cabinet.
He and his wife, Rachel, are the parents of Marc & Mimi, Jeremy & Lisa, and Lisa & Michael, and are the proud grandparents of Caleb, Jordyn, Noa, Benjamin and David.