Meet Interim Rabbi Marc Disick, Interim Cantor Lori Corrsin, Rabbi Emeritus Peter Kasdan and the Staff at Temple Emanu-El
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Since his Sophomore year at SUNY-Albany in 1978, Marc Disick wanted to be a rabbi. His eclectic background took him from a Lubavitch Bar Mitzvah on Long Island, to a Kibbutz outside of Jerusalem and then to Reform Judaism's seminary, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) where he was ordained in 1986. A pick-up pianist and accompanist, he played his way through graduate and rabbinical school. After ordination Rabbi Disick served as Assistant Rabbi to Rabbi Charles A. Kroloff of Temple Emanu-El of Westfield NJ. He has served congregations in Kansas City MO, Wilkes-Barre PA and Massapequa NY. For eight years Rabbi Disick was also a Regional Director for the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) where he studied the synagogue as family system with Rabbi Edwin Friedman PhD z”l. Rabbi Disick received his BA in 1980 double majoring in Judaic Studies and Rhetoric & Communications. He lived in Israel for his Junior year, attending the UAHC’s College Academic Year on Kibbutz Ma’aleh HaChamisha. He also spent his first year of rabbinical studies at Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem. While at HUC, Disick served for two years as a Chaplain at Princeton University. He also completed coursework toward an MA in Jewish Education at NYU before rabbinical school. In 1992 He finished course requirements for a D.Min. (a clergy counseling degree) at New York's Postgraduate Center for Mental Health.
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Rabbi Peter Kasdan retired from his full-time rabbinic duties at Temple Emanu-El in 2001, having served as our Rabbi for thirty years. Upon his retirement, he was accorded the honorary title of Rabbi Emeritus and, in the years since his retirement, he has also served our congregation as full-time Consultant, providing our Rabbis, Cantors, Educators, Administrators and lay leaders with a sense not only of the Congregation’s history but with support in whatever they have asked him to do. Rabbi Kasdan and his wife Sheila currently reside in Longboat Key, Florida, but return to Temple Emanu-El each Summer and Fall to share in the life of our congregation. Since his retirement, Rabbi Kasdan has remained quite active in a variety of endeavors in which he is passionate. He is the President Emeritus of the Scholarship Fund for Ethiopian Jews, past chair of the Longboat Key Policeman’s Pension Board and Past-president of his condo association. He currently serves on the Bioethics Committee of the Sarasota Memorial Hospital, is the Rabbinic Advisor to both the Canavan Foundation and the Jewish Genetic Disease Consortium and is the current Chair of The Central Conference of American Rabbi’s Taskforce on Jewish Genetic Disease. Along with his consulting duties here at Temple Emanu-El Emanu-El, he also serves as Chair of the Speakers Committee at the Kasdans local congregation, Temple Beth Israel of Longboat Key. Rabbi Kasdan has received many awards in his rabbinate, but is Most proud of his NFTY Life Membership Award, the Distinguished Service Award of the UAHC Fund For Reform Judaism, the CCAR’s 2007 Rabbi Samuel Cook Award for Lifetime Service in Youth Work and our own Temple Emanu-El’s 2001 Shofar Award for his life-long work in the area of Social Justice and Tikkun Olam.
Ruth S. CashReligious School Administrator
Early Childhood Center
Ellen LevittDirector Early Childhood Center
Anita PittmanEarly Childhood Center Assistant
Marty Gilbert joined the staff of Temple Emanu-El in November of 2014 after spending 30 years in Retail and Small Business environments. He earned a B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania and took extensive coursework in American Jewish Literature and Film Studies. He is an avid sports fan, especially baseball and the New York Mets and also a self-taught naturalist. He has been married to his wife Lori for the past 34 and they have 3 children: Erin, Danny and Sara.
Elainia GrahamAdministrative Assistant