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Temple Bat Yam to welcome student rabbi

Staff reports

Temple Bat Yam’s new Student Rabbi, Karen Deitsch, the second female ever to serve as the congregation’s spiritual and educational leader, will conduct Sabbath-ending Havdalah services tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the temple, 3260 Pioneer Trail in South Lake Tahoe.

The public is invited to welcome Deitsch, a rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College (HUC) in Los Angeles, who just returned from a year of study at the HUC campus in Jerusalem, Israel.

Tonight’s service will be followed by a potluck dessert reception to get to know the new student rabbi, the eighth to have served the temple that has members at Lake Tahoe, Carson City, Minden-Gardnerville and Mark-leeville.

A native of the Los Angeles area, Deitsch has served as a Jewish studies and Hebrew language instructor and music specialist for two temples and two Jewish day schools since graduating from UCLA with a degree in psychology in 1996. Before entering rabbinical school, she taught at the Emanuel School in Sydney, Australia, and the West Valley Jewish Community Center, West Hills, Calif., and at Temple Adat Elohim, Westlake Village, Calif., and Temple Eytz Chaim, Thousand Oaks, Calif.

She also has worked with autistic children and their families as a behavior modification therapist at the California Pediatric and Family Services in Azusa, Calif., and the Lovaas Institute for Early Intervention in Los Angeles.

After this weekend’s introduction to Lake Tahoe, Deitsch will return in two weeks to conduct Rosh Hashanah services, along with returning Cantorial Soloist Carolyn Goor-Hutchinson on Sept. 29-30 and again for Yom Kippur services Oct. 8-9.