Rabbi Hillel Norry
Born and raised in Rochester, New York, Hillel Norry earned his bachelor’s degree in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University in 1987. He received his MA in Talmud from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he was ordained in 1993 and later pursued doctoral studies in Talmud while serving as an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Professional and Pastoral Skills, founding and teaching in the Seminary’s beit midrash for rabbinical students. From 2000 – 2005, he served on the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, a 25-member committee which is the central halachic authority that speaks for the Conservative movement and offers parameters to guide local rabbis. Rabbi Norry served as spiritual leader at Congregation Shaare Zedek on the Upper West Side of New York City before becoming the Senior Rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel in 2002.
Rabbi Norry has a long history of involvement with the Ramah camping movement, beginning as a camper at Ramah Canada, serving as scholor-in-residence at Ramah Wisconsin from 1995 – 2000, at Ramah Poconos in 2001, and at Ramah Darom in Georgia for the past five summers.
A passionate teacher, Rabbi Norry takes every opportunity to teach young people and adults, whether at Shearith Israel in the experiential learning program for youth, Machaneh Shai, and regular adult learning classes; as a visiting teacher to The Epstein School; visiting religious scholar to The Lovett School; or in his own children’s classrooms at The Paideia School.
He has served on the boards of The Weinstein Hospice and as a founding board member of Intown Collaborative Ministries, an interfaith organization which helps the homeless in our own intown Atlanta neighborhood.
Rabbi Norry was a participant in the first cohort of Rabbis Without Borders, a group of rabbis from across denominations, brought together by the national Jewish organization, CLAL, who share a mission of offering insights of Jewish traditions and wisdom to a cross-section of the American public.
To that end, Rabbi Norry has appeared on CNN, the CBS Morning Show, Fox & Friends, as well as several appearances on Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasting. An avid vegetarian chef and proponent of ethical eating, he has taught vegetarian cooking on cable television, at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, to Emory Hillel students in his own kitchen, and at Shearith Israel. In 1999, he was the rabbinical consultant for the Ed Norton and Ben Stiller film Keeping the Faith.
A lifelong musician, Rabbi Norry is an accomplished guitarist and harmonica player.
Rabbi Norry, his wife, Johanna, and their children, Natanya and Zamir, live in Morningside.
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Nancy Stacer was appointed Business Director of Congregation Shearith Israel in February of 2009. She previously was the Director of Finance at Anshe Emet Synagogue, a large conservative congregation in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to Anshe Emet, she served as the Finance Director of Temple Chai, a reform congregation located in Long Grove, Illinois.
In addition to her solid background in non-profit, Nancy brings to Congregation Shearith Isreal a philosophy that a team approach, hard work, customer service, personal integrity, and commitment to excellence will guarantee the success that Congregation Shearith Israel deserves. Nancy designs the strategy related to the business while providing direction, training, and promoting innovation to continue to develop the business team.
Nancy is the proud parent of her daughter Colleen. In her spare time, Nancy enjoys traveling, spending time with her partner, golf, and tennis.
Rabbi Marshall Lesack
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Rabbi Marshall Lesack engages learners of all ages and backgrounds at Shearith Israel. He leads Machaneh Shai, our experiential and formal education program for children in kindergarten through 7th grade, and designs meaningful programs for parents and families throughout the year. He is a master teacher and regularly teaches classes for adults and parents both at the synagogue and in the community on a wide range of topics. Twice each month, he teaches a learning service for adults of all backgrounds and levels as well as a text-study class. He serves on the faculty of the Lisa F. Brill Institute for Jewish Learning/Melton Adult Mini-School in Atlanta and is a consultant to Jewish summer camps throughout North America.
Rabbi Lesack has a background in educational management, leadership, and teaching in both formal and experiential settings. Prior to joining Shearith Israel, he served as the Assistant Director of Camp Ramah Darom. He has also taught on the high school level and served in a rabbinic capacity at Hillel on campus.
Rabbi Lesack is a graduate of The Jewish Theological Seminary and has an MA in Jewish Education from the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education. In addition to his studies in America, he has studied at both higher education institutions and yeshivot in Israel. Rabbi Lesack and his wife, Roseanne, have three children.
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Yvette Smith has been part of the Congregation Shearith Israel family for the past three years. She is responsible for member management, statements, and processing incoming dues and funds. Previously, she served as a Rental Property Manager in North Carolina before moving to Atlanta. In her free time, she enjoys going to the movies.
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Natalie Surpris joined our community in late 2013. She supports the Rabbi and the Business Director with administrative tasks, handles member communications, manages the database, and more. Prior to joining Congregation Shearith Israel, Natalie served as an Executive Assistant for the Regional Human Resources Manager at RLI Insurance. For fun, Natalie enjoys planning events for family and friends.
Clinton Lazenby joined Congregation Shearith Israel in 2013 and quickly became an essential member of the team. From minor cleaning to preparing the facilities for Shabbat and other events, he completes his work with a spirit of excellence. Previously, Clinton worked at Stevens Graphics Printing Company for 25 years before closing in 2010. During his personal time, he spends many Sunday afternoons in his recliner watching sports. Clinton thoroughly enjoys the staff and families of Congregation Shearith Israel, and looks forward to spending many more years here.