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Rabbi Toba August

Rabbi Toba August is beginning her tenth year serving Temple Shalom and enjoys working with our vibrant welcoming community. 

She loves teaching and facilitating 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 23 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 was an instructor at the Academy of Jewish Religion for 16 years where she taught rabbis and cantors. 

Rabbi August is married to Dr. Alan Klein and lives in South Redondo Beach.

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Rabbi Cantor Lily Blum

Rabbi/Cantor and Religious School Director

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. Rabbi Cantor 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. 

Rabbi Cantor Lily was ordained as a Cantor in 2016 and a Rabbi in May of 2018 by the Academy for Jewish Religion, CA. Lily and her husband, Phil, live in Tarzana, CA. Phil is a Financial Advisor/Planner with Capstone Partners in Century City, a firm affiliated with MassMutual. They are blessed to be a part of the TSSB community!

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Tue, June 18 2019 15 Sivan 5779