Rabbi Michael Resnick started his professional life in advertising, working as Creative Director in an advertising agency in California. As he rediscovered his love of Judaism – and wishing to engage people in more meaningful moments in their lives – he decided to become a rabbi. His studies began at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles (now the American Jewish University), and continued for two years in Jerusalem, first at the Pardes Institute, and afterwards at Machon Schechter. Rabbi Resnick completed his rabbinical training at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he received rabbinical ordination in 1996.
During his rabbinical school studies in New York, Rabbi Resnick worked as the Rabbi/Director of Jewish Life at the Jewish Home & Hospital for Aged, providing Shabbat Services and pastoral counseling to over 500 elderly residents and their families.
Rabbi Resnick joined Temple Emanu-El in 2007.
Rabbi Resnick holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University, Northridge, a Master’s degree in Rabbinic Literature, and Rabbinic Ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. He is currently a fellow in the Rabbinic Leadership Initiative – an intensive long-distance learning program for rabbis offered under the auspices of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.
In his spare time, Rabbi Resnick enjoys reading a good book (or listening to one on his iPhone), biking, swimming, hiking, fitness, exploring the Everglades and gardening.
A native of Rosario, Argentina, David Feuer entered his community synagogue chorus at the age of four and started studying piano at eight at the Municipal Conservatory, Santiago, Chile. In Buenos Aires, Hazzan Feuer was Choir Conductor at the largest Orthodox Synagogue in South America and Musical Director of the choir of Agudat Hahazzanim in Argentina.
He founded and was director of the Israeli group “Rinah,” considered the foremost Jewish ensemble in Argentina. For twenty-three years he taught in the Jewish school system where his musical creations became very popular. Hazzan Feuer has been the Cantor and Music Director at Temple Emanu-El since 1986.
Hazzan Feuer has devoted himself to the revival of old, traditional melodies for different Festivals, Shabbat and Holy Days. He composes prolifically and his songs are popular with young and old throughout Argentina, Venezuela, Columbia and the United States.
Hazzan Feuer has appeared in concerts throughout South America, the United States, Canada and Israel. During the Persian Gulf War, he was part of the proud group of Cantors who went to Israel on the Cantors Assembly Mission of Solidarity. He served on the Executive Council of the Cantors Assembly as well as its President of the Southeast Region.