Rabbi Mark Schiftan, Senior Rabbi
Rabbi Mark Schiftan arrived at The Temple–Congregation Ohabai Sholom on July 1, 1999. He came to The Temple from an historic urban congregation in San Jose, California, known as Temple Emanu-El. Having served as rabbi there since 1994, Mark led the congregation’s revitalization. His previous congregation shared the same name: Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco, California. Rabbi Schiftan served there from 1987 until 1994. Over the course of his years there, Mark was Assistant, Associate, and finally Acting/Interim Rabbi, during a time of major transition, for a congregation of 1,600 members.
Rabbi Schiftan 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.
He has developed community service and community relations projects in both Temples Emanu-El, while guiding both congregations from classical to mainstream and contemporary Reform modes of worship. Rabbi Schiftan is responsible for staff supervision and management while fulfilling the full range of pulpit, pastoral, educational and communal duties.
Shana Goldstein Mackler, Rabbi
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. Prior to that, she earned her Masters of Arts in Hebrew Letters from HUC in 2003, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from 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 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 201, 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 Major James Mackler, who is currently serving in the Air National Guard, and 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 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 Bachelors 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.
Erin Hirsch Zagnoev, Director of Development and Membership
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.
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.
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 Nazerene 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.
Corye E. Nelson, Director of Temple Preschool
For the past 10 years, Corye Nelson served as director of Westminster School for Young Children’s Toddlers and Two’s Program as well as director of Westminister Presbyterian Church’s nursery program.
She holds a bachelor’s of science degree in childcare administration and childhood psychology from Belmont University.
Corye is an active member in the early childhood industry, showing a passion for leadership in early childhood education. As a board member of the Nashville Area Association for the Education of Young Children, Nelson serves as chair of its Accreditation Committee. As a board member of the Tennessee Association for the Education of Young Children, she serves on its Finance Committee and is chair of its 2012 Conference Committee.
She is also a member of the Southern Early Childhood Association. Nelson also serves as a continuing education speaker at early childhood conferences on topics ranging from communicating with toddlers to room arrangement. Her community involvement includes holding parenting classes at the Tennessee Prison for Women.
“As director of The Temple Preschool, it is my honor and my duty to inspire and educate teachers and parents to communicate effectively with children, and provide them with activities that they can master as well as those that can challenge them.”
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