Rebbe Arik Labowitz – Spiritual Leader
Arik Labowitz is a dynamic educator and leader committed to connecting people to the Jewish tradition in meaningful and relevant ways. Arik comes from a diverse Jewish background and especially identifies with couples and families who are looking for a connection to Judaism outside of a traditional synagogue setting. As a service leader, Arik interweaves Chasidic teachings and soulful melodies, and opens up the transformative essence of Jewish prayers to all levels of participants.
Arik comes from a family of rabbis and has spent most of his adult life in Jewish leadership roles. In addition to devoting years of study and practice to the Jewish tradition, Arik has gleaned wisdom from other spiritual traditions of the East and West.
In the past two decades Arik has worked professionally with small communities and synagogues like ours. He has recorded two CDs of Jewish Music under the title Simu Lev, and has been privileged to produced CDs for several talented musicians as well.
Maxxine Smith, flutist extraordinaire, plays regularly at Shabbat services and at High Holy Days. She attended the Juilliard School at age 13 where she studied under the renowned Flutist and composer Katherine Hoover. Maxxine has played throughout the United States, toured with a major record label, and has appeared on television. She has recorded two CDs with the Jewish group Simu Lev; her latest recording is “Revive”. Eitz Or is blessed to be on the receiving end of Maxxine’s buoyant, positive energy, her humor, passion and love of music.
Miriam “Ellen” Blau, has been singing her whole life. She is a psychologist and life coach in private practice, integrating mindfulness, neuroscience, therapy and habit change. She also creates and leads non-traditional ceremonies as a certified life cycle celebrant. Miriam was unexpectedly called onto the bima in 1997 by Rabbi David Wolfe-Blank z”l , and since then has been a lay chazzan at Eitz Or. Leading her beloved spiritual community in song, and inviting them into prayer and Divine connection with her voice, is one of the greatest blessings she has ever known.
Eitz Or Board
President – Terry Walsh
Treasurer – Laurie Almoslino
Secretary – Lynn Chapman