We are fortunate to have Shari Berman leading High Holiday Services for us this year. Read a bit about her in the paragraphs below.
Born in Chicago very late on the Friday after Thanksgiving, Shari Joy Berman came into the world making her mother work on Shabbat. Perhaps this accounts for her strong need to give back to the community.
Shari’s field of study is language education; she has taught English as a Second/Foreign Language, Japanese and biblical Hebrew. She has trained a number of KBS b’nei mitzvah students. She has spent most of her life with an affiliation to Judaism, but her bond was strengthened in 2004 when she studied for an adult Bat Mitzvah and taught herself the language of Torah trope. A lifelong lover of languages, the melodies to chant the words of the Torah spoke to her. She went on to become president of Kona Beth Shalom for five years and she helped her congregants organize various educational events including a Shabbaton with the renowned Renewal Rabbi, Reb Zalman. In 2012, she took a position as an Associate Professor at the national university in Hirosaki, a small castle town in Japan.
She led High Holy Day services at KBS in 2014 and will do so once more in 2015. Her strongest goals are to create a community atmosphere designed to engage congregants to participate in, understand and reap the full rewards of the High Holy Day experience.