Rabbi Ron Segal joined the Temple Sinai clergy in July 1996. In July 2006, after serving as the congregation's Assistant and then Associate Rabbi, Rabbi Segal was named the third Senior Rabbi of Temple Sinai, a synagogue he is proud and honored to serve. Active in the Jewish communities beyond the walls of Temple Sinai, he serves on the board of the Atlanta chapter of the American Jewish Committee and as an advisory board member of the William Breman Jewish Home.
Rabbi Levenberg joined Temple Sinai as Assistant Rabbi in 2006 and has been serving as Associate Rabbi since 2009. In addition to his work with Temple Sinai, Rabbi Levenberg has continued to represent Temple Sinai outside the walls of the community as well. He currently serves on the board of the American Jewish Committee and serves on the founding Board of the newly independent AJFF, now the largest Jewish film festival in the world and the largest film festival in the south. Regarding his role with the AJFF, he has accepted the charge to assist with the creation of the Strategic Plan, a role he truly relishes. Rabbi Levenberg continues to be active with Sojourn and Family Promise, serving the latter organization as Immediate Past President. He also serves on the Camp Coleman Advisory Board and is a member of several task forces through the Atlanta Jewish Federation, including the Task Force on Disabilities and Inclusion and the Task Force on Financial Independence, whose aim was to assist with Federation Allocations to the economically disadvantaged. Rabbi Levenberg also serves our National movement through his role as a member of the URJ Youth Initiative Task Force and his seat on the Board of ARZA, a 25-person Board that steers the efforts of the Association of Reform Zionists of America. It is through this role that he first organized regional colleagues and then accepted that national organizational portfolio promoting the elections in the recent WZO elections.
Rabbi Samantha Shabman is thrilled to join the Temple Sinai Team in July of 2016 from the HUC-JIR New York Campus. Samantha most recently worked as the Social Action Coordinator at Congregation Rodeph Sholom in New York City and has been a teacher for the HUC-JIR Miller High School Honors Program for the past 4 years. Sam also completed two units of Clinical Pastoral Education, one unit at Maine Medical Center and another unit at Mount Sinai Hospital. Sam hopes to build on her interests and passions as she serves Temple Sinai. She has recently joined the board of the FIDF South East Region and looks forward to being an active part of the vibrant Atlanta Jewish Community. She is most excited to build relationships with all of the wonderful members of Temple Sinai.
Beth Schafer joined Temple Sinai July 1, 2015 as our Bunzl Family Cantorial Chair. She has been a musical presence for the Union of Reform Judaism since 1999, headlining and playing guitar for Shabbat services at the last seven biennial conventions. At the 2013 URJ Biennial, Beth became the first woman to produce an event for the URJ. Her seven CDs of original Jewish music have become favorites in synagogues as well as churches and spiritual radio stations of many denominations.
Philip N. Kranz served as Temple Sinai's Senior Rabbi from 1980 until his retirement in June of 2006, when he became Rabbi Emeritus. Prior to coming to Atlanta, he served for nine years as rabbi of the historic Chicago Sinai Congregation. Rabbi Kranz remains active at Sinai, teaching, writing and overseeing collection building in Temple Sinai's Rabbi Philip N. Kranz Learning Center. Married to Nancy Weston Kranz since 1971, Nancy and Rabbi Kranz are the parents of two married daughters, Rebecca Friedman and Abigail Ornstein.