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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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Cantorial Soloist Aliya Stuart

Growing up in the South Bay, Aliya is thrilled to join Temple Shalom as the Cantorial Soloist. Aliya has been working in Jewish Education for the past thirteen years, focusing on music and singing, but has filled many other roles in the Jewish community as well. A former camp counselor, Camp Assistant Director, and a long-time Songleader, Aliya loves instilling fun while teaching, adding “ruach” into every prayer, reading, and song. After graduating from UCLA, Aliya has been pursuing musical theatre (you’ll also find her singing at Disneyland!) while still continuing her work as both a Songleader and Cantorial Soloist. Whether teaching pre-schoolers their “alef bets” or leading B'nai Mitzvah services, Aliya finds so much joy instilling Jewish values and traditions through song. She is incredibly excited to meet the members of Temple Shalom and begin bringing the "ruach!"

Sat, July 11 2020 19 Tammuz 5780