Rabbi Elizabeth B. Hersh
Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh was raised in Buffalo, New York and graduated from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1992. She served United Hebrew Congregation in St. Louis for ten years before continuing her religious education and service in Sydney, Australia, at Congregation Emanuel, and as a visiting rabbi at Temple David in Perth.
In 2007, she returned to the states as a chaplain and educator in St. Louis and Decatur, Illinois. After a brief return to Australia, she returned to St. Louis as Temple Emanuel’s lead Rabbi in 2013.
With a passion for education and lifelong learning, Rabbi Hersh is an active player in Temple Emanuel’s religious school program, and leads adult enrichment opportunities including bible study, introduction to Judaism, and many community-focused programs.
“I understand the importance of strong and meaningful relationships,” says Rabbi Hersh, “and am blessed that my rabbinate has spanned two continents, where I’ve had the opportunity to serve my community through congregational work, teaching and chaplaincy.”
Rabbi Hersh has focused much of her career on serving the needs of interfaith families, and has made a priority out of building a temple community that embraces all faiths, backgrounds and orientations. “Our arms are open wide to all who walk through our doors, wherever they are in their religious journeys. We are a temple and a congregation, but we are first and foremost a home.”
Rabbi Hersh also feels privileged for the opportunity to develop and facilitate women’s programming – including women’s retreats and women’s Seders. More recently, she has focused her service on elderly members of the community, by visiting residents in skilled and assisted living facilities, and as the Chaplain for Jewish Family & Children’s Service.
“I am indebted to this generation of older heroes who have shown me the importance of being a rabbi.”
Rabbi Hersh serves on the boards of Provident Inc, Magdalene St. Louis, the Advisory Committee for Maryville University and the Millstone Institute. She and her husband are the proud parents of a son.
You can check out her blog in the St. Louis Jewish Light.
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Malachi Owens, Jr.
True to our Classical Reform roots, we have never employed an ordained Cantor, although we have had the pleasure of listening to our superb cantorial soloist Malachi Owens, Jr. for more than 40 years.
Malachi has been Temple Emanuel's Cantorial Soloist since 1977. He was born, reared, educated and currently lives in the City of St. Louis. He holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Washington University in Saint Louis and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Covenant Seminary.
Over the past 50 years Malachi has performed with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra as a chorus member and soloist and he has performed with the orchestra six times at Carnegie Hall in New York.
He directed The Legend Singers Choral Ensemble, a 75-years old choral organization, for more than 10 years and was a student of the double bass and violin. Malachi currently directs The Men of Galilee, a choir at Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, where he is an ordained associate minister and trustee.
In addition to his solo appearances for services, bar and bat-mitzvahs, weddings and funerals, Malachi has been a pulpit guest and led services and musical concerts for the congregation.
Outside of his music interests, Malachi is a retired Consulting Project Engineer for Ameren Corporation where he worked for more than 28 years. He is presently an Ameren consultant through Advantage Engineering of Chesterfield Missouri. He is an ordained Baptist minister, a member of the National Engineering Honor Society (Tau Beta Pi), a railroad and stained glass hobbyist.
Malachi, a widower, has two daughters, Chanita Lynette and Mia Kayla Owens.