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Temple Bat Yahm in Newport Beach is excited to welcome you as we return, in person, to the beautiful Isadore C. and Penny W. Myers Campus after Covid. We’ve been very busy building a stunning new front entry and Shuster Family Courtyard and enhancing our talented team with the addition of Sue Penn, Director of Membership and Concierge Services and Melissa Bordelon, Youth Director. Find a time to come visit and we’ll warmly welcome you, proudly give you a tour and answer any questions you have. We’re committed to personalizing every member’s journey, meeting your family’s individual needs, and creating warm and positive Jewish experiences in our caring community.
    Rabbi Gersh Zylberman, our Senior Rabbi, leads the congregation with love, devotion and care. He provides pastoral support and counseling and works with couples (including interfaith couples) preparing for marriage, officiates at Baby Namings, Brit Milah (bris) ceremonies and B’nai Mitzvah. He is delighted to guide individuals who are exploring a path to conversion to Judaism.  Rabbi Zylberman leads our weekly Shabbat Services and Torah Study and facilitates two other regular learning series: Coffee Talk on Sunday mornings and Wednesdays with the Rabbi. Alongside TBY’s other amazing clergy Rabbi Gevurtz, Rabbi Phillips, Cantor Grant and Cantor Waltzman you can look forward to participating in engaging programs and services throughout the year.
    Temple Bat Yahm’s NAEYC Accredited Preschool, under the talented Laura Gramling’s direction, is known to be a nurturing place where children can be heard singing, laughing, and having fun. The education provides a solid foundation for elementary school and our families find connection, forming relationships that last well into the future.
    JCAL, our religious school, led by the creative and caring Rabbi Miriam Phillps, provides Jewish education in a camp like setting. We use different parts of our beautiful campus to ensure that our students are engaged and learning through carefully constructed Jewish experiences. This program provides education through science, technology, environmental exploration, arts, crafts, dance, music, drama and cooking. 
    Please join us to TRY BAT YAHM for Shabbat, either on Friday night August 20 at 6.00 p.m.
    Temple Bat Yahm is a congregation of connected members, a community of warmth and caring and we are delighted to announce that our High Holiday services will be held in person this year. We would love to meet with you and give you a tour. Please reach out to Sue Penn, our Director of Membership and Concierge Services for a tour and to discuss your family’s needs. She can be reached at spenn@TBY.org or at (949)644-1999.

SUE PENN has a Master’s Degree in Education and recently obtained a Certificate in Jewish Professional Leadership from Northwestern University and the Spertus Institute of Jewish Learning. Sue has been working at University Synagogue for 14 years. She lives in Irvine with her husband. They have three wonderful children. Sue is currently the Director of Membership and Congregational Learning where she oversees all membership, education, and congregant engagement from ages 6-106. Sue has been honored for being an innovative educator and is committed to creative approaches in Jewish Education. In fact, she has led national webinars guiding administrators and teachers in building innovative models of Jewish education. She also writes a monthly article for Jlife Magazine. Sue believes that every child needs to be challenged to reach his or her own potential priding herself in personalizing each student’s Religious education. She currently sits on the National Board of the Reconstructionist Educators of North America, is immediate past president of the Orange County Jewish Educator Association and has previously chaired the National Board of the Reconstructionist Educators of North America. Most recently, Sue was a participant in the Kaplan Center’s 21st Century Kaplanian Vision of Jewish Education.


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