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Rabbi Hayon

Rabbi Hayon

Senior Rabbi
ABOUT RABBI HAYON

Rabbi Silk

Rabbi Silk

Associate Rabbi
ABOUT RABBI SILK

Rabbi Fixler

Rabbi Fixler

Assistant Rabbi
ABOUT RABBI FIXLER

Cantor Simmons

Cantor Simmons

Cantor
ABOUT CANTOR SIMMONS

Rabbi Oren Hayon 

Senior Rabbi

Rabbi Oren J. Hayon grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and received his B.A. in English from Rice University. Following his graduation, Rabbi Hayon worked in management consulting and in the Los Angeles entertainment industry. After several years of work on studio and independent film projects, he began his rabbinical studies in Jerusalem. Rabbi Hayon received his M.A.H.L. and rabbinical ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Following his ordination, Rabbi Hayon served Temple Emanu-El in Dallas and worked as the Greenstein Family Executive Director and rabbi at the Hillel at the University of Washington.

Rabbi Hayon has held a number of leadership roles in the Reform Movement, serving as a Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and as an editor, translator and contributor of Hebrew texts and poetry for a number of publications by the CCAR Press, including Mishkan HaNefesh, the High Holy Day machzor, and LaKol Eit, a Rabbi’s Manual for Reform rabbis.

Rabbi Hayon happily makes his home in Houston with his wife Julie and their two daughters.

Rabbi Pamela Silk 

Associate Rabbi

Rabbi Pamela B. Silk grew up in Farmington Hills, Michigan, attended the Interlochen Arts Academy for high school and received her B.S. in Biology from The University of Michigan. Following her graduation Rabbi Silk began her rabbinical studies in Jerusalem and received her M.A.H.L. and rabbinical ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. Rabbi Silk began serving Congregation Emanu El in 2003, immediately following her ordination.

Rabbi Silk has held leadership roles in the Houston Rabbinic Association, served on the Board of Trustees for the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston and was awarded the Mae & Edmund Hecht Rabbinic Award presented by the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston. Being passionate about providing pastoral care to those in need, Rabbi Silk is frequently in area hospitals visiting temple members and their loved ones and serves on the Professional Advisory Group for Memorial Hermann’s Clinical Pastoral Education program and DePelchin Children’s Center Institutional Review Board. Rabbi Silk enjoys reading, cooking and baking. She is married to Jeff Silk and they have two children.
 

Rabbi Joshua R.S. Fixler 

Assistant Rabbi

Rabbi Joshua Ron Solomon Fixler grew up in Englewood, Colorado. In 2007 he received a B.A. in Organizational Development and Community Leadership, a program of his own design, from the University of Maryland, College Park. After college, Rabbi Fixler spent two years exploring his interests in social justice and interfaith work as a Program Coordinator at the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. He then served for three years as the Assistant Educator and Youth Director for Temple B’nai Shalom in Fairfax Station, Virginia.

Rabbi Fixler was ordained at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in May of 2017. While in rabbinical school, he served as the student rabbi at Temple B’nai Israel in High Point, North Carolina and at Beth Haverim Shir Shalom in Mahwah, New Jersey. He also completed a summer rabbinical residency at Temple Micah in Washington, DC and unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital in New York City.

Rabbi Fixler is honored to have been selected as a Wexner Graduate Fellow and a Bonnie and Daniel Tisch Rabbinical Fellow. During his time at HUC-JIR, Joshua also completed an Advanced Professional Certificate in Management for Public & Nonprofit Organizations at New York University.

Rabbi Fixler lives in Houston with his wife, Annie, and their daughter, Ella.

Cantor Rollin Simmons 

Cantor

Cantor Rollin Simmons grew up in Milton, Massachusetts. She graduated cum laude in 2001 from Vassar College in New York with a major in Art History and a minor in Italian. She then earned an M.Ed in Special Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She was also a soloist with the Zamir Chorale of Boston, performing locally and internationally, when she decided to pursue cantorial school.  

During her five years studying at The Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, Cantor Simmons served as Student Cantor at Temple Emanu-El of Dallas alongside Rabbi Oren Hayon and Cantor Richard Cohn; Hebrew Tabernacle in Washington Heights in New York City; and The Community Synagogue in Port Washington. Cantor Simmons served as a Hospital and Hospice chaplain intern at Evergreen Healthcare near Seattle, and as the cantorial intern at Temple Israel Boston. During the first year of cantorial school in Jerusalem, Cantor Simmons met rabbinical student, David Segal; and they were married in 2009.

After being ordained in 2010, Cantor Simmons and Rabbi Segal moved to Aspen, Colorado, where they served as co-clergy for six years at the Aspen Jewish Congregation. During her time in Aspen, Cantor Simmons transformed the worship experience through creative music and liturgy, and she formed Aspen's first volunteer Shabbat band, Shir Bliss. In 2013 she became the director of the Aspen Jewish Congregation's Hebrew School, creating and implementing unique hands-on curriculum.

In 2013, Cantor Simmons was featured as a soloist on Noah Aronson's album The Left Side of the Page. She was the featured soloist in the Aspen Choral Society's performance of Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms. 

Cantor Simmons and her husband moved to Houston in 2017 with their two children, Levi and Bea, and their dog, Olive.

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