Clergy & Staff

Rabbi Steven RubensteinRabbi Steven Rubenstein
Steven Rubenstein has served as the Rabbi of Congregation Beth Ahm since 2005. Prior to coming to Beth Ahm, Rabbi Rubenstein served as the Associate Rabbi of Congregation Beth Shalom in Kansas City, MO from 2000-2005. During his time in the Metro Detroit area, Rabbi Rubenstein has served as the President of the Michigan Region of the Rabbinical Assembly and has served as an officer of the Interfaith Health & Hope Coalition.

He graduated from The State University of New York in Binghamton with a degree in Political Science in 1992. He received an MA in Interdepartmental Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary and was ordained as a Rabbi by JTS in 2000.  Rabbi Rubenstein and his wife Robin have two children, Ari and Tali. You can contact Rabbi Rubenstein directly at  To read a message from Rabbi Rubenstein or to read other articles, click here.

David GoodmanDavid Goodman – Executive Director
David brings a strong combination of administrative skills and synagogue knowledge to Congregation Beth Ahm. His professional career has been focused on project management and he is well versed in team leadership, problem solving, budgeting, strategic planning, and communications.

David has spent his life in a Jewish environment. He was active as a child in his synagogue, held a leadership role in Young Judaea, and spent many years at Jewish summer camp. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Jewish Community Center, Board of Trustees for Adat Shalom Synagogue, Chair of the Melton Adult Education Program, and was a member of Federation’s Community Services Division planning committee.

David’s office door is always open and he greets everyone with a smile. When not in synagogue, David enjoys family time with his wife, Annise, and Sara his daughter. You can contact David directly at

Elissa BergElissa Berg – Jewish Family Educator
Elissa is a lifelong Jewish educator and learner. Her career started in kindergarten when she taught her school friends how to light Shabbat candles. Her career evolved to include educational roles at Camp Tamarack, Temple Kol Ami, and Adat Shalom Synagogue. She prides herself on teaching her students the “how and why” we do things Jewishly. She holds a Masters in Jewish Studies from Spertus Institute of learning and is pursuing a doctorate. She loves music and drama and incorporates both elements in her teaching. She can be contacted at

Professor Howard LupovitchProfessor Howard Lupovitch – Ba’al Tefillah

Whether on the bimah reading Torah or teaching, Howard is a familiar voice within the Congregation. He serves as the Congregation’s regular Torah reader and often helps with davening. A regular following of students attend his lecture series focused on Jewish history. Howard is the Director of the Cohn-Haddow Center for Jewish Studies at Wayne State University.


Nancy KaplanNancy Kaplan – Volunteer Outreach & Engagement Coordinator
As a “life long learner,” Nancy has been encouraging people to do mitzvot and deepen their connection at Beth Ahm for a number of years. She organizes adult learning opportunities, promotes participation, and helps people feel good about their Jewishness and association with Beth Ahm. Personal contact with the membership and the sharing of our Jewish tradition is what she enjoys most about her role. Nancy and her husband Mike have 2 children and 3 grandchildren. Nancy can be contacted at


Alison BlauAlison Blau – Office Coordinator
When you walk into the office, Alison is there to greet you. Since 2003, Alison has served as Beth Ahm’s office coordinator. She manages everything from tributes, to mailings, to special programs, and is a resource for anyone who needs help with a project. Alison has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Michigan State University and enjoys spending her free time with her husband Ben and Cali, her cat. You can contact Alison at


Linda WrightLinda Wright – Staff Accountant
With a calculator in hand, Linda manages the Congregation’s finances. She is responsible for processing all of the Congregation’s financial transactions as well as financial reporting. Working with people is her greatest joy, whether it be speaking with members on the phone or seeing them in the building. In her free time, Linda likes travel and scrap booking. You can contact Linda at