Michael Danziger, Senior Rabbi
Our Senior Rabbi, Michael Danziger, came to The Temple on July 1, 2022, from Isaac M. Wise Temple in Cincinnati, Ohio. He had served there as Assistant and Associate Rabbi following his ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Rabbi Danziger creates and celebrates personal connection, moments of learning, and Judaism’s ongoing relevance with congregants of all ages. He is energized by the unique work he has done with the 20s/30s community, youth and families, seniors, and lifelong learning, and by the chance to engage and inspire worshipers in sermon and song.
Rabbi Danziger experienced deep Jewish relationships as an active participant in his home congregation in Memphis, Tennessee, as a camper at URJ Jacobs Camp, and as a leader in NFTY. Known to many as “Ziggy,” he assumed a central role in building those connections as a Hillel leader at The University of Texas, as a long-time staff member and Assistant Director at Jacobs Camp, and as the first Youth and Family Life Director at Temple Israel in Memphis.
Before enrolling at HUC-JIR and beginning his rabbinate, Rabbi Danziger worked in commercial real estate and grew as a leader in the broader Memphis community. At the same time, he began his career as an award-winning stand-up comic and has entertained thousands in clubs, conventions, corporate, and other settings. He brings unique skills from both of these experiences, along with his knowledge and passion for Jewish life, to his work as a rabbi.
Rabbi Danziger enjoys playing and watching sports, playing guitar and piano, movies, comedy, the Texas Longhorns, and spending time with his family. He and his wife, Rabbi Lindsey Danziger, are parents to three young children and to Jackie, the not-so-young dog.
Shana Goldstein Mackler, Rabbi & Senior Scholar
Rabbi Shana Goldstein Mackler has been serving as a Rabbi at The Temple, Congregation Ohabai Sholom in Nashville since her ordination at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, June 2004. In 2022, Rabbi was promoted to Rabbi & Senior Scholar affective July 1.
Prior to joining The Temple, she earned her Masters of Arts in Hebrew Letters from HUC in 2003, and graduated Phi Beta Kappafrom the University of Florida in 1998, and was a teacher at the Hebrew Day School of Central Florida.
While in seminary, Rabbi Mackler served congregations in Ishpeming, Michigan; Ft. Walton Beach, Florida; and Natchez, Mississippi.
As a Rabbi, she combines her love of Judaism with her passion for lifelong education, social justice, and interfaith work. Rabbi Mackler is proud of the legacy of Social Justice at The Temple and is honored to be a representative in the larger community, building a strong foundation as a partner with other communities of difference to bring about greater understanding, inclusion, and cooperation.
She is a graduate of Leadership Nashville class of 2015 and was voted one of America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis in 2016. Rabbi Mackler recently completed the Brickner Rabbinic Fellowship for Social Justice, 2017-2019. She is a founding member of the West Nashville Interfaith Clergy Group and is also president of the Nashville Board of Rabbis. She has served on many community boards including Akiva School and Interfaith Dental Clinic.
Rabbi Mackler is married to attorney and Army veteran Lt. Col. James Mackler, who is currently serving in the Air National Guard. they are the proud parents of their daughters, Hannah and Sylvie.
Rabbi Michael Shulman, Director of Education
Rabbi Michael Shulman joined The Temple as the Director of Education and Next Generation Programming in 2014. He is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, where he developed his love for Judaism early on while attending religious school through confirmation and graduation.
Rabbi Shulman received a degree in history at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. While in college, he also studied such diverse subjects as Arabic and Hebrew, Middle Eastern studies, and biology. Rabbi Shulman also taught religious school for four years at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, Virginia.
After a year of study in Israel, Rabbi Shulman moved to Cincinnati to continue his rabbinic studies at HUC-JIR. While in Cincinnati, he served two years as a student rabbi at Temple Israel in Marion, Ohio, and as a counseling intern at the University of Cincinnati Psychological Counseling Services. He also served two years as a rabbinic intern at Wise Temple before joining the staff full time.
Rabbi Shulman also earned a Master’s in Education from Xavier University. Blending his rabbinical and educational studies, he wrote his rabbinical thesis on the subject of tzedakah, (the Jewish obligation to give to those in need) in religious school and in the classroom. He earned the title of Reform Jewish Educator (RJE) in 2011. Rabbi Shulman has a wide range of interests including prayer and character education, Jewish identity development, storytelling, and photography.
Previously, Rabbi Shulman served two years in Atlanta, Georgia as Temple Sinai’s first Director of Lifelong Learning, overseeing the entire congregation’s educational program from early childhood to adult learning. Before that, Rabbi Shulman served nine years as the associate rabbi at the Isaac M. Wise Temple in Cincinnati. While there, he was deeply involved in the Wise UP Social Action Program of the congregation, high school, and youth programs, as well as Gesher, an extensive second-sixth grade family education program. Besides his congregational rabbinical responsibilities, Rabbi Shulman also wrote numerous curricula for religious school, taught adult education classes, and collaborated on the creation of a prayer book, Avodat Ha-Lev.
Cantor Tracy Fishbein
Cantor Tracy Fishbein joined The Temple family as Cantor on June 29, 2012. Prior to her appointment at The Temple, she was ordained from the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. She grew up in Saint Louis, Missouri, where she was an active member and participant in the music programs of Congregation Temple Israel. In 2005, Cantor Fishbein graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in K-12 Vocal Music Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou).
Upon entering HUC-JIR in June 2007, Cantor Fishbein enjoyed many meaningful learning experiences in Jerusalem and New York City, including a summer of Clinical Pastoral Education at Beth Israel Medical Center. In addition, she enjoyed facilitating programs and leading services for the Wandering Jews of Astoria, an independent minyan for 20-30s Jews in her former neighborhood of Astoria, Queens. Professionally, Cantor Fishbein has been blessed to work as the Student Cantor of congregations in Saint Louis, Missouri, South Bend, Indiana, and York, Pennsylvania. As part of her student pulpit duties, Cantor Fishbein created both adult and youth choral ensembles, developed, and taught a B’nai Mitzvah preparation course for seventh-grade students, and created a religious school music curriculum for grades K-8.
Since arriving at The Temple in 2012, Cantor Fishbein has actively refreshed the musical landscape of our congregation. She loves working alongside the Rabbis to create meaningful moments of music and prayer within worship and lifecycle events. In addition, Cantor Fishbein has revitalized the Mazel Tones youth choir, growing the group into 20-plus enthusiastic young singers from kindergarten through fifth grade who sing for Family Services, Religious School assemblies, and Mitzvah concerts at various senior living facilities. She has also developed a band of volunteer adult musicians who play for many of our Blue Jeans Shabbat services.
One of Cantor Fishbein’s greatest joys is to involve musicians of all ages to participate on the pulpit, whether by singing, playing instruments, or writing music. As a singer, Cantor Fishbein has served as a guest clergy person at local churches, performed as a soloist with local GLBTQIA+ choir Nashville in Harmony, and has worked with guest clinicians and cantors from across the country. She has created many beloved concert events for our community, including an annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Concert and Nashville Cantor’s Concert.
In addition, Cantor Fishbein has worked to revitalize our B’nai Mitzvah learning process. She enjoys teaching a sixth-grade group “B’nai Mitzvah Boot Camp” class, and works one-on-one with each of our B’nai Mitzvah students and their families as they prepare for Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Cantor Fishbein also helped to transition our program to an online platform, where students and families can access important information to prepare for this important milestone through Google Drive. Guiding our families through this process and standing beside each student on this important day brings Cantor Fishbein tremendous honor and pride.
Cantor Fishbein is married to Glenn Turtel, and together they have two wonderful children, Anna and Joshua.
Rabbi Mark Schiftan, Rabbi Emeritus
Rabbi Schiftan served as Senior Rabbi at The Temple for 23 years, from 1999-2022, when he retired. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from San Francisco State University. Hebrew Union College of Los Angeles awarded Rabbi Schiftan’s Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters, and he was ordained at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Bernard Gutcheon, Cantor Emeritus
Cantor Gutcheon served as Cantor at The Temple from 1983-2013.
He has a Bachelor of Sacred Music degree, Cantorial Investiture and Certification, a teaching certificate and is a certified Jewish Reform Educator.
He studied at the Hebrew Union College for Sacred Music, the Chayim Greenberg College, and Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Don R. Anderson, CPA, Director of Finance/Operations
Don joined the Temple as Director of Finance in April of 2018. He is originally from Huntingdon, Tennessee, and received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Middle Tennessee State University.
He spent his early career in operational and sales management primarily for logistics and transportation companies. Don then returned to academia to earn a Master of Arts in Organizational Management and Master of Business Administration from Trevecca Nazarene University and a Master of Science in Accounting from Middle Tennessee. Upon completion of his graduate education, Don earned his Certified Public Accountant certification and has worked in public and not-for-profit accounting.
Don and his wife Kathy live in Nashville and when not working, he enjoys riding his motorcycle, volunteering his time as treasurer for two not-for-profits, and spending time with his daughters and grandchildren.
Moon Bishop, Director of Temple Preschool
Moon Bishop began her educational career working with young students at The Tennessee School for the Blind where she discovered her talent and passion for teaching. From there Moon worked with at-risk teens and preschoolers in therapeutic settings until taking a position as a nanny with a local Nashville family. It was through these positions that she fell in love with Early Childhood, and when the two girls in her care headed to elementary school, Moon began working at a local preschool where she won their southeast regional Growing Up Happy Award, an honor inspired by Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo.)
After a very short side venture into the corporate world, Moon joined The Temple Preschool as a teacher in 2011 and worked in the classroom for four years before transitioning to become the Preschool’s first Pedagogista (Curriculum Director). She held this position for almost two years before moving to Chattanooga to care for an aging mother-in-law.
While in Chattanooga, Moon continued her work in early childhood as the Atelierista (Arts Educator) and Pedagogical Coach at Highland Plaza United Methodist Preschool, a well-established, Reggio-Inspired program. Moon held this position for two years before returning to Nashville where she worked as a Pedagogical Consultant and Trainer for two more years before rejoining her beloved Temple Preschool in 2019 as Co-Director and Parent Liaison, part of a three-pronged Leadership Team.
For 30 years now, Moon Bishop has been capturing — and holding — the short attention span of young children and adult audiences. An artist as well as an educator, Moon also facilitates workshops, trainings, and presentations through various state-wide arts and education programs for Pre-K through 12th-grade educators. An established Arts Integration Specialist, Lead Teaching Artist for Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s educational outreach programs, and an active member of the Tennessee Reggio Study Group, Moon is also co-creator of A Child’s Guide to the City and the Inspired Teachers Group. Moon is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.
Sheri Rosenberg, Director of Membership and Inclusion
Sheri Rosenberg has spent her professional career working at various Jewish non-profit organizations around the country.
After graduating from The Ohio State University in 2006, Sheri spent a year in Israel volunteering in small development towns teaching English and immersing herself in the culture.
She most recently worked for Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity as the Director of Hate Prevention and Jewish Enrichment, where she works with the 83 chapters nationally to enhance their heritage and philanthropy events as well as facilitating programs on discrimination.
Sheri received her master’s degree in Jewish Communal Services and Non-Profit Management from Gratz College, and in 2020, Sheri received a certificate in Jewish Leadership from the Spertus Institute.
She serves as the president of the Alpha Epsilon Phi Nashville alumni group, is a member of the Inclusion Committee at the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, and recently participated in the Anti-Defamation League’s Glass Leadership Institute.
In her spare time, Sheri enjoys spending time with her husband John (a fellow Buckeye!), reading, watching reality television, cheering on the Buckeyes, and missing her home state of New Jersey.
Mark Shepard, Director of Hospitality & Facility Management
Mark Shepard has been with The Temple since 2010 when he joined the staff as Facility Manager. In late August 2022, he was promoted to the new title of Director of Hospitality & Facility Management. Before coming to work at The Temple, Mark had worked in the family plumbing supply business for 31 years.
Growing up in Lebanon, Tennessee, he made the trip to Nashville every weekend to attend Religious School at The Temple where his family has worshiped for five generations. Mark graduated from Castle Heights Military Academy in 1970. He then attended Memphis State University where he pursued a BS degree in communication & advertising. He was a member of the ZBT Fraternity and participated in all activities throughout his stay in Memphis.
Shortly after he began working for The Temple, Mark joined the National Association for Temple Administration (NATA) and has been an active member for over 12 years. He presently serves on the Engagement & Finance Committees and was appointed in February 2023 to the Board of Directors for NATA. Mark has also taken an active role in all areas of The Temple’s security. In August 2022, he had the opportunity to participate in the Citizens Academy sponsored by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. This opened up the discussion on ways to enhance the security procedures at The Temple.
In his downtime, Mark enjoys watching Titans and Alabama football and spending time with his five grandchildren all living here in Nashville.
Erin Hirsch Zagnoev, Director of Administration & Advancement
Erin Hirsch Zagnoev was named the first Development Director of The Temple in 2010. In 2013, Erin took on the role of Director of Membership & Development. In 2020, her duties changed again as Director of Administration & Advancement.
Erin has the privilege of meeting and welcoming all new members to the congregation and helping them to make The Temple feel like home. She is also responsible for coordinating all fund-raising activities, including endowment and planned giving, the annual giving campaign, resource development, and volunteer training.
Erin had the pleasure of working with an incredible leadership team to build a strong future through the Securing Tomorrow Today Endowment Campaign. This campaign raised over $9.4 million to support the long-term needs of our Temple.
Prior to joining The Temple, Erin served as Vice President of Donor Services and Manager of Women’s Philanthropy for the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. As the leader of Donor Services, she created and was the primary implementer of the new Donor Services efforts, enhancing positive donor relations. She also worked in partnership with the annual giving campaign team in achieving an annual goal of $15.4 million. Erin was with the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta for six years where she began as Campaign Associate and received several honors and awards, including the Extra Mile Award, the Pinnacle Award, and Employee of the Month.
Erin holds a master’s of business administration in non-profit management from the University of Judaism, Lieber School of Graduate Studies in Los Angeles, California, with a bachelor’s of arts degree in communications from the University of Arizona. Erin grew up at the Temple. She and her husband Greg love watching their three daughters grow up as part of The Temple family.
Susan Good, Executive Secretary to the Clergy
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Connie Barnes, Administrative Assistant & Front Desk
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Candice Bouton, Assistant Preschool Director
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Jill Ellen, Preschool Assistant Director of Operations
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Mitzie Russell, Special Projects
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Zorica Stupar, Maintenance Staff