Clergy

Micah CaplanRabbi Micah Caplan

Spiritual Leader at Congregation Or Tzion
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Rabbi Caplan joined Congregation Or Tzion on July 1, 2010. He has long-standing ties to Phoenix, having grown up here as a young kid. Previously, Rabbi Caplan has served congregations in Florida and California where he introduced exciting adult learning and youth programming. Under Rabbi Caplan’s leadership our community has grown from 110 to 500 families. His vision is creating a place of learning, sharing and celebrating Jewish living together as a Kehillah Kedosha — a holy community. He is known for his warm, personal outreach. Rabbi Caplan and his wife Michelle are the proud parents of three beautiful children: Brianah (16), Julia (13) and Avi (8). Rabbi Caplan is an avid sports fan and his favorite teams are The Phoenix Suns, Arizona Cardinals, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is always willing to attend a game with anyone who wishes to take him..

 

Rabbi Nate Crane

Associate Rabbi / Education  Director
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Having served as Congregation Or Tzion's Rabbinic Intern throughout rabbinical school at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University, Rabbi Nate Crane returned to Scottsdale, as Associate Rabbi and Education Director, in 2016. He was thrilled to rejoin his longtime mentor Rabbi Micah Caplan and the Or Tzion community in their mission to continuously develop a Kehilla Kedosha in which everyone has access to the wisdom, beauty and joy of Judaism. Under Rabbi Crane's leadership the Roz Goodell Religious School at Congregation Or Tzion received the Hebrew Through Movement grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix and increased enrollment in its youngest grades by over 100%. 

Rabbi Crane is the recipient of the NewCAJE Young Professional Fellowship, The Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago's Best Practices in Jewish Education Grant, the only rabbi thus far to receive the PJ Library Grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, and participated in the inaugural cohort of the AIPAC-Lefell Fellowship. He was most recently awarded the Start Me Up! Fellowship. This fellowship entails one year of learning from leading social entrepreneurs, following which Rabbi Crane will found Hagigah, a non-profit based at Or Tzion dedicated to providing accessible, appropriate, and fun Jewish holiday celebrations for Phoenix's and Scottsdale's families with special needs. He sits on the educator advisory board of Visrael: an innovative video-based learning program all about Israel, and serves as the rabbinic advisor to the Valley Of The Sun JCC’s Early Childhood Center.

This November, Rabbi Crane will formally present the first reading of a teshuvah (Jewish legal ruling) he crafted on the laws of Jewish statutory adoption and a formalized ritual to accompany statutory adoptions for Jewish adoptive families, to the Committee on Jewish Laws and Standards, the Conservative Movement's central authority on Jewish law and practices. 

Noted for his skills in leading Jewish song sessions and prayer services, which he developed following his years as a professional musician before beginning rabbinical school, Rabbi Crane is regularly called upon to lead services and song-sessions within Or Tzion and the greater community.

Prior to rejoining Or Tzion, Rabbi Crane served as the Associate Director of Camp Wise at Stephen S. Wise Temple in Los Angeles, CA, and as a Rabbi and Education Director at Congregation B’nai Tikvah in Deerfield, IL. 

Most importantly he is blessed to have married his college sweetheart Rachel, with whom he shares two beautiful daughters, Isla (4) and Ellie (1). In his free time, Rabbi Crane practices Krav Maga (the Israeli martial art), listens to podcasts, and loves to start spontaneous family dance parties.

 

Cantor Dannah Rubinstein

Cantor Dannah Rubinstein
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Cantor Dannah Rubinstein grew up in an observant Jewish home in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. From a young age, she was involved in synagogue life, leading worship, and Jewish learning. She has always enjoyed music and singing; she has studied violin, guitar, piano, and has had voice and theory training. Cantor Rubinstein attended Brandeis University where she received her B.A. in Music, with a minor in Film and Judaic Studies. After a brief business career, Cantor Rubinstein returned to school to study at Gratz College in Philadelphia, PA where she received her M.A. in Cantorial Studies and Jewish Music in 2008.  

Following experiences as a Torah reader, B'nai Mitzvah Program Coordinator, Tutor, and Cantor with congregations in Pennsylvania, she spent six years serving as Cantor of Temple Beth Shalom in Vero Beach, Florida. At Temple Beth Shalom, she added Choir Director and Religious School Educator to her resume.  

Though she will miss the ocean, Cantor Rubinstein is excited to bring her love of paddle boarding, music and Judaism to the desert. 

 

Rabbi Mark Bisman

Rabbi Mark Bisman is Rabbi Emeritus at Congregation Or Tzion. Prior to Or Tzion, Rabbi Bisman was Rabbi at Har Zion Congregation from 1983 until his retirement in 2014. He was ordained at Jewish Theological Seminary of America and he is a member of the Rabbinical Assembly. 

 

 

Sun, October 22 2017 2 Cheshvan 5778