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.
ALAN YOST has headed the Synagogue’s Administrative Department since 1981. As Executive Director, he brings both sensitivity and firm direction to his role. With a Master’s Degree in Social Work, Alan’s door is always open to answer questions and lend support and guidance to prospective families, to lay leaders, and to congregants of all ages. In addition, he has assumed many leadership positions within the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, the Jewish Community Center, and other local Jewish and community agencies and boards.
Alan and his wife Beverly are the proud parents of Susan & Robert Yost, Lauren & Zachary Yost, and are especially proud of their two grandsons, Lucas Noah and Benjamin Nathan.
Assistant Director of Education and Youth Engagement
Sammi joined the Adat Shalom staff in 2015, but has been part of the Adat family since she was very young. She is excited to bring her professional experience to the education department and enjoys working with all ages of kids. She has a BA in Elementary Education and a MA in Teaching and Curriculum with a concentration in Educational Technology. She received both degrees from Michigan State University. Sammi began her career teaching elementary school but transitioned to the Jewish Communal realm after teaching for the Adat Shalom-Beth Achim Learning Community part-time. She loves spreading the joy of learning and Judaism to all ages. Sammi is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Jewish Studies from Spertus and looks forward to broadening her own understanding of Judaism and Jewish education.
SUSAN STEINBERG enthusiastically joined the Adat Shalom “family” in November of 2016. In conjunction with the clergy, professional staff, lay leaders and many volunteers, her intention, as Communications Director is to actively inform and engage the membership and the surrounding community in the many extraordinary synagogue programs. Susie has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Michigan, and extensive experience in public relations, communications and project management. Susie and her husband Jonathan are the proud parents of Erin & Michael Priebe and Jane & Josh Haskell, and proud grandparents of Max and Justin.
MICHAEL WOLF, who has experience in both informal and formal Jewish education, was excited to come back full time to “Synagogue life,” in July of 2017, recognizing that “Adat Shalom is truly a special place that is committed to our traditions while remaining open to creative possibilities…” Academically and professionally, Michael brings experience and expertise. He has a Masters in Jewish Communal Service with a concentration in Jewish Education from Brandeis University, and a B.A. in Religious Studies with a certificate in Jewish Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. He has held the positions of Director of Education and Youth at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, Director of Camp Ramah in Canada and, most recently, Director of Programming at Hillel Day School. Michael and his wife Betsy, a teacher at Hillel Day School, are the proud parents of four wonderful children: Shira, Ilana, Jonah and Adena.
JODI GROSS joined our staff in August, 2006, as Associate Director of Education & Youth. Jodi came to us from Abington, Pennsylvania, where she was the Youth & Temple Programming Director at Old York Road Temple – Beth Am. A graduate of the James Madison Program at Michigan State University, Jodi went on to earn a double masters degree in Jewish Education and in Jewish Communal Service from Gratz College. Jodi is a dynamic professional, who has had experience creating and implementing educational programs and has worked very successfully with youth, professionals, and lay leaders. From 1997 to 1999, she worked as a Staff Associate at the Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit before moving to Pennsylvania.