Clergy

Rabbi Steven Edelman-Blank

Rabbi Edelman-Blank is a native of Rhode Island.  He received his Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University. Following his graduation, he worked for several years at nonprofits.  Rabbi Steve received his Master of Arts in Rabbinic Studies and his ordination from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, American Jewish University in Los Angeles, in 2009.  While studying for the rabbinate he taught at several religious schools and was a chaplaincy intern at the UCLA Medical Center.  Rabbi Steve also received a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Rabbinic Management Institute of American Jewish University. He is a member of the Rabbinical Assembly.

He served as the Rabbi at Tifereth Israel Synagogue in Des Moines, Iowa for eight years.  While there he was a board member of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines.  He was also an adjunct instructor at Drake University teaching an undergraduate course about Judaism.  Before joining Temple Beth Torah in 2018, Rabbi Steve served as Interim Rabbi and Hillel Director, at Wellesley College.

Following the birth of their daughter, Chloe, Rabbi Steve and his wife, Dr. Deborah Edelman-Blank, a clinical psychologist, returned to the Northeast to be near family.

Rabbi Steve is energized by interacting with members of all ages, teaching, connecting with young people, greeting families and having an impact on people’s lives.

Contact: Rabbi Steven Edelman-Blank at rabbi@bethtorah.org.

Linda Myer, Education Director / Cantorial Soloist

Linda Myer is a native of Chicago.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree and Teaching Certification in Behavioral Disabilities from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In 2015, she received her Certificate in Jewish Sacred Music from the School of Jewish music, Hebrew College in Newton.

Linda brings a wealth of experience and talent to her dual role at Temple Beth Torah.  She is a Jewish educator, cantorial soloist, writer, and actress.  She began her professional career as a special needs teacher in Wisconsin.  After moving to Boston, she pursued a writing career, publishing articles and poetry and worked as a freelance textbook writer/editor.  For over 20 years, Linda wrote and performed one-woman plays, appearing as Amelia Earhart, Abigail Adams, and singer Sophie Tucker.  She also founded and directed History-Making Productions, a touring theater company which produced audience participation plays for children.

For the past seven years, Linda served as Special Needs Coordinator, B’nai Mitzvah tutor and 7th and 8th grade teacher at Congregation Sha’aray Shalom in Hingham.  She has also served as High Holiday cantor at Temple Hillel B’nai Torah (W. Roxbury), Congregation Agudas Achim (Attleboro), Congregation Beth Israel (Roanoke, VA), Temple Beth Am (Framingham), and at Wellesley College.  In addition, she has been a part-time Cantorial Soloist at Congregation Beth Jacob in Plymouth.

Dan Funk, High Holiday Cantor

Dan Funk has served as our High Holiday Cantor since 1994.  Dan has been lead singer for the world renowned Jewish musical group Safam since its inception in 1974. Prior thereto, Dan sang in the Boston Zamir Chorale.

Dan is a native of Highland Park, NJ, attended Rutgers University, and received his law degree from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston. Thereafter, Dan practiced law as the Newton City Solicitor for 32 years.

He lives in Newton, MA with his wife Marcia. They have two sons, Joshua and Aaron, and two daughters Jessica and Emily.  They also have five grandchildren – Chloe, Declan, Zachary, Josephine and Lydia.