Rabbi Toba August

Rabbi Toba August has been serving Temple Shalom for more than seven years and enjoys working with our vibrant welcoming community. 

She loves to teach and facilitate creative rituals, making Judaism accessible and interesting for our contemporary families. Using our honored traditions as our guide, Rabbi August and the TSSB staff infuse our services with uplifting music, moments for silent contemplation, and relevant ethical discussions. We believe in inclusivity and openness, reach out to and welcome interfaith families, and invite all to join us for our joyous, interactive services and other events.

Rabbi August has been a rabbi and educator at different synagogues in the Los Angeles area for the last 16 years.  In addition to Temple Shalom, she is also currently the rabbi of Lev Eisha, a lively community of women engaged in prayer, study and spiritual growth who meet monthly. Rabbi August is also an instructor at the Academy of Jewish Religion where she teaches future rabbis and cantors. 

Rabbi August is married and lives in West Los Angeles.

Email Rabbi August at rabbi@templeshalomsb.org

Cantor Lily Blum - Cantor/Educator

A graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, Lily Blum received a B.A. in Jewish Studies with a focus in Jewish Sacred Music and minors in Hebrew, Music, and History. She was the first to graduate from Indiana University’s pre-Cantorial program with a curriculum created by faculty from the Borns Jewish Studies Program at IU and Hebrew Union College in NYC. 

Lily’s love for Jewish music, passion for teaching, and desire to become a Cantor are long-standing, beginning with her early Jewish education and weekly exposure to Friday night Shabbat services. She began singing with Cantor Nathan Lam at Stephen Wise Temple in the fourth grade. Since becoming Bat Mitzvah, Lily has served more than ten congregations as B’nei Mitzvah tutor, Religious School teacher, and/or Cantorial Intern in the LA area: Temple Judea in Tarzana, Temple Ahavat Shalom in Northridge, Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles, Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, Ohr HaTorah Synagogue in Venice, Valley Outreach Synagogue in Agoura Hills, and Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation in Indianapolis, IN. 

In the Fall, Cantor Lily will continue her studies at the Academy for Jewish Religion, CA in the Rabbinical program. She will graduate with her second degree and become an ordained Rabbi in 2018.

Lily and her husband, Phil, were married on February 14, 2016. Phil is a Financial Advisor/Planner with Capstone Partners in Century City, a firm affiliated with MassMutual. They live in Encino, CA and are very excited to join the TSSB community!

Email Cantor Lily at cantor@templeshalomsb.org

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