Rabbi James A. Gibson, Senior Rabbi
Our Senior Rabbi, James A. Gibson has led our congregation since 1988. For more than two decades he has ignited the spirit of our unique Family of Families through his joyful spirituality, his learned teaching and his passionate commitment to social justice in the Jewish community and beyond.
Rabbi Gibson serves on the Rabbinic Cabinet of the United Jewish Communities as well as on the Commission on Outreach and Membership of the Union for Reform Judaism.
Rabbi Gibson is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in History with distinction. Ordained by Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, he studied in both Jerusalem and Cincinnati. He holds a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters and an honorary Doctorate of Divinity as well. In 2010, he completed the prestigious 3-year Rabbinic Leadership Initiative of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and is presently a Rabbinic Fellow in the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
Rabbi Keren Gorban, Associate Rabbi
Rabbi Gorban received her ordination at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles and served as the Assistant Rabbi at Temple Sinai in Denver from 2012-2015.
Rabbi Gorban grew up in Bridgewater, New Jersey. A few inspired educators, passionate rabbis and an engaging cantor transformed her relationship to Judaism and Jewish learning as she was preparing to become Bat Mitzvah. The hunger for Jewish learning and engagement led her to be a madrichah in her synagogue’s religious school, to join her temple youth group and NFTY, and to attend Jewish summer camp, including URJ Kutz Camp and NFTY-GER’s Urban Mitzvah Corps.
Having spent her childhood trying to decide between being a doctor or a teacher, Rabbi Gorban realized in tenth grade that she could do both by being a rabbi. Her passion for healing led her to study Health: Science, Society and Policy, which allowed her to explore the intersection between Judaism and health. As a rabbinic student, Rabbi Gorban continued to integrate her interest in health with her passion for Judaism and spirituality as a chaplaincy intern at St. Anthony’s Central Hospital in Denver and as a rabbinic intern at two Jewish nursing homes.
In addition to her chaplaincy work, Rabbi Gorban served congregations in Montana, British Columbia, and Arizona; taught Jewish History as a teaching assistant at the University of Southern California; and was a “strabbi” (student Rabbi) at Shwayder Camp.
Cantor Laura Berman
Cantor Laura Berman is thrilled to return to her hometown of Pittsburgh and to join the dynamic Temple Sinai community. Formerly Cantor of The Conservative Synagogue in Westport, CT, she was known for creating an inviting, energetic, and accessible atmosphere during Shabbat and holiday services that blended a range of musical styles. Having a love for teaching, she developed and managed a large and highly-regarded b’nei mitzvah program and worked extensively with each participant, helping to nurture confident and competent students who reached new heights in their Hebrew learning and synagogue skills. She has officiated or co-officiated at a full range of lifecycle events, led choirs of children, teens, and adults, played guitar and sung each week with the preschool set, created family worship and education programs, and led a women’s Rosh Hodesh group for meaningful discussion. In an effort to make the Jewish cultural arts more accessible to the community, she also co-founded the Jewish Cultural Arts Council and co-produced under its banner several well-received music and film programs. She was appreciative of being honored by the synagogue for her years of service to the community.
Cantor Berman is a graduate of the H.L. Miller Cantorial School of The Jewish Theological Seminary where she studied in Jerusalem and New York, earned a Masters in Sacred Music and a Diploma of Hazzan, and was the recipient of several awards including the Richard H. Holzer Memorial Prize, awarded to a graduating senior who demonstrates excellence in Judaica. She continues her professional development in the distance learning program offered by the Seminary’s William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education. This follows a successful career in banking and finance, having earned an MBA from The Wharton School. She is the kvelling mother of Sam.