Beth Emeth Congregation of the West Valley is very pleased to announce that on July 1, 2021, Rabbi Jeffrey Lipschultz will become their new rabbi.
Rabbi Lipschultz has been active as a conservative rabbi for the last 20 years, he grew up in Tempe and Scottsdale. He majored in political science and psychology at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO and received a master’s degree in Jewish Education from The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.
He was ordained in 2007 by the Academy for Jewish Religion in California (AJR/CA) and privately ordained in Israel in 2002. He served as rabbi for six years at Temple Beth Sholom in Chula Vista, CA before moving to Beth Judah Temple in Wildwood, NJ where he served for seven years. He then moved to Rock Island, IL and was rabbi at the Tri City Jewish Center from 2015-2019.
Rabbi Lipschultz and his wife Naomi and their three children, Ari (12), Alex (9) and Asher (4) moved to Phoenix to return home to be near family. Naomi works as a physical therapist at Banner Health in Sun City and Rabbi Lipschultz is the staff rabbi for Madrona Hospice and Palliative Care and helped oversee as they received certification as a Jewish hospice through the NIJH.
Rabbi Lipschultz has been a columnist for the Sand Diego Jewish Heritage and the Cape May County Herald and a regular contributor to the American Rabbi Magazine. He was the Rav HaMakshire, or head of Kashrut, for Atlantic and Cape May Counties in NJ. Rabbi Lipschultz was also involved with the Wildwood Ministerium and a guest lecturer at Wildwood Catholic High School as well as the Rock Island Interfaith Alliance. He was also Hillel advisor for Augustana College in Rock Island and kosher overseer at the University of Iowa Hillel. He was a member of the San Diego Rabbinical Association (SIDRA), The South Jersey Association of Rabbis and Cantors, The Philadelphia board of Rabbis and the Chicago Board of Rabbis and Phoenix Board of Rabbis as well as a member of OHALAH and AJR/CAA.
The rabbi and the congregation board have begun planning for the forthcoming High Holy Days and are pleased to announce that Cantor Judith Levy will be chanting the services. A link to her High Holy day music will be found at https://rsa.fau.edu/judith-levy.
All are welcome. There will be no charge for non-member tickets. Non-members of Beth Emeth Congregation are asked to pre-register by calling the Congregation office at 623-584-7210 between 9 am to noon, Monday thru Friday, to receive required entry tickets. Beth Emeth Congregation is located at 13702 W Meeker Blvd in Sun City West.