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 LAWSON SHERE grew up in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. She received her BA in English from the University of Michigan and her MA in Hebrew Letters from American Jewish University. She studied at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem for one year and was ordained as a rabbi in 2004 from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies.
Since ordination, Rabbi Shere has been a member of the clergy at Adat Shalom Synagogue in Farmington Hills, Michigan. She enjoys combining yoga and meditation with Torah study and frequently teaches classes on these subjects. Her rabbinate includes a great deal of pastoral counseling and hospice work. She has served on the board of Kadima, a Jewish mental health agency, and also as a chaplain with the Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network. She currently sits on the board of South Oakland Shelter, working to end homelessness. Rabbi Shere is passionate about social justice and has traveled with the human rights organization, American Jewish World Service. Inspired by the work of AJWS, she founded a monthly social justice book group at the synagogue. Rabbi Shere is a past member of the AIPAC National Council and has participated in a rabbinic mission to Israel with rabbis from around the country.
She and her husband, Dan, are the proud parents of 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. They have four children – Maxim, Zev, Zosia and Bram and two dogs Zitro and Zeek.
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, David and Jonah.