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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Upon earning his rabbinic ordination from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies and Master of Arts in Rabbinic Studies from the American Jewish University, Rabbi Nate Crane began his career at Congregation B’nai Tikvah in Deerfield, IL, in July 2014 as the Director of Lifelong Learning. Under Rabbi Crane’s leadership, enrollment in B’nai Tikvah’s Religious School increased by 20 percent, and the Community Foundation for Jewish Education of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago awarded the Religious School the Best Practices in Jewish Education Grant in support of a kindergarten and first grade program that connects the Religious School with the home through shared family activities, titled “Book Bags of Jewish Living".

As a NewCAJE Young Professional Fellow, Rabbi Crane presented his paper “Who Are the Nones?” at the 2015 NewCAJE Conference at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. Rabbi Crane’s paper proposes a novel, yet traditional, approach to guiding the 20 percent of American Jews who consider themselves to be “spiritual, but not religious” back into the fold of Jewish communal life. He sits on the Educator Advisory Board of Visrael: an innovative video-based learning program all about Israel.

Prior to joining B’nai Tikvah, Rabbi Crane served as the Associate Director of Camp Wise at Stephen S. Wise Temple in Los Angeles, CA, and the rabbinic intern of Congregation Or Tzion in Scottsdale, AZ.

Returning to Congregation Or Tzion, now as Associate Rabbi and Education Director, he is thrilled to rejoin his longtime mentor Rabbi Micah Caplan and the Or Tzion community in their mission to continuously develop a kehilla kedosha (holy community) in which everyone has access to the wisdom, beauty, and joy of Judaism.

He is blessed to have married his college sweetheart Rachel, with whom he has two beautiful daughters, Isla and Ellie. In his free time, Rabbi Crane practices Krav Maga (the Israeli martial art), voraciously 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. 


 

 

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