Rabbi David M. Frank is a native of Los Angeles, California. He received his B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1976. He received his M.A. in Hebrew Letters from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1980, rabbinical ordination in 1983, and Doctorate of Divinity in 2008. He is a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.
He served as Assistant Rabbi of Temple Israel of New Rochelle in New York from 1983-1985, and as Associate Rabbi of Temple Beth Hillel in North Hollywood, California from 1985-1991. Since 1991, he has served as Senior Rabbi of Temple Solel in Cardiff by the Sea, California. He is a past president of the San Diego Rabbinical Association, and a former chair of both the Community Relations Committee and the Synagogue Committee of the United Jewish Federation of San Diego County, having also served as a member of the UJF Executive Board. He is a founder of Faith Leaders for Reproductive Justice, an interfaith clergy alliance.
He and his wife, Davida, have three children - Jacob, Micah, and Sara.
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Rabbi Adam M. Wright is from West Bloomfield, MI – a suburb of Detroit. Adam earned his Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Religion and Judaic Studies from Wheaton College (Norton, MA). After college, he pursued graduate studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School (Nashville, TN), where he earned a Master in Theological Studies focusing on the Ancient Near East and Early Judaism. After Adam’s tenure at Vanderbilt, he enrolled at the Hebrew Union College – JIR to begin his rabbinic training. At HUC-JIR, he earned his Master in Arts in Hebrew Letters, Master of Arts in Jewish Education from HUC-JIR’s Rhea Hirsch School of Education, and a Graduate Certificate in Jewish Non-Profit Management from HUC-JIR’s Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management.
Rabbi Wright has served Jewish communities in Victorville, CA, Fountain Valley, CA, Pacific Palisades, CA, Occidental College Hillel, Tarzana, CA, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Spiritual Care Department. Rabbi Wright currently serves on the advisory board for Stand with Us, San Diego, an organization committed to develop community support, instill enthusiasm and increase identification with Israel and effectively counter public misrepresentation and demonization of Israel.
Rabbi Wright comes to Temple Solel with his wife Rachel, who is an internist and pediatrician at Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Center. Rabbi Wright played four years of collegiate tennis and still relishes his time on the court. He is also an avid Detroit Red Wings fan. Rabbi Wright and Rachel welcomed a baby girl, Lillian Davis on June 29, 2017.
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Cantor William Tiep was born in Encino, California and grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada. Billy found his talents drew him to work with young people, and so a major in both music and education was a natural choice. Billy received his degree in Music Education from the University of Arizona, Tucson.
While studying in Tucson, Billy directed the music programs for Congregation Anshei Israel, and Temple Emanuel. His educational experience includes working in the Clark County School District (Las Vegas) as a music educator for grades K-12, and holding the position of music director for the nursery school, religious school, and elementary school at Wilshire Blvd. Temple in Los Angeles, California.
Billy studied at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, where he was ordained as cantor in 2007. Besides his work with secular and religious schools, Billy has also been the Head Songleader at the URJ Greene Family Camp (1997), and URJ Kutz Camp (1998, 1999, 2003, 2004).
He served as cantor from 2007 to 2010 at the historic Touro Synagogue in New Orleans, Louisiana where he took the annual Jazz Fest Shabbat service to a new level, working with the famous Kermit Ruffins, Allen Toussaint and Marcia Ball.
Billy comes to Temple Solel with his wife Michelle, their sons Zachary, Eli and Joshua and two dogs, Oliver and Kona.
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