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Meet Our Clergy

Rabbi Nicole Luna, a native of Norfolk, Virginia, received her B.A. in Cognitive Science and Jewish Studies from the University of Virginia in 2006. Rabbi Luna received a M.A. in Hebrew Literature in 2010 and ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City in 2011, where she was the recipient of the Bonnie and Daniel Tisch Fellowship, a prestigious fellowship meant to foster future transformational rabbinical leaders.

Rabbi Luna served for five years as solo rabbi at Congregation Bayt Shalom in Greenville, NC. During her time in rabbinical school, Rabbi Luna was greatly enriched by her student pulpit at Temple Beth Israel in Altoona, PA, summer rabbinic residency at Temple Israel in Omaha, NE and chaplaincy internship at New York University Langone Medical Center. She also engaged in interfaith work through Auburn Theological Seminary’s Center for Multifaith Education.

Rabbi Luna is blessed to share her life with her husband Joe Bord and young daughters, Zara Luna-Bord and Iris Luna-Bord. 

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You can reach Rabbi Luna at rabbiluna@templebethel.com  239-433-0018, ext 205     

Cantor Richard Bessman comes to us from Madison, Wisconsin. He is an invested Cantor from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and a member of both the Cantors Assembly and the American Conference of Cantors. 

Cantor Bessman has served congregations across the United States, in Luxembourg and Israel. He brings his love for Jewish music and lifelong learning to our congregation, with a variety of versions and styles of our musical prayers. He is regularly accompanied by the TBE Band and choir.

You can reach Cantor Bessman at cantorbessman@templebethel.com or 239.433.0018, ext. 204.

Meet Our Staff

Karen Karen 
Office Manager

Jesyca Russell Virnig  Preschool Director

  

Fabian Ruiz
Maintenance Director
   

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