Rabbi Shuval-Weiner, who was an associate rabbi in Overland Park, Kan., agreed three years ago to become the third senior rabbi in the 30-year-old history of Beth Tikvah, a Reform congregation in Roswell with almost 500 families.
“Temple Beth Tikvah congregants have become part of my family, and this community is now home,” Rabbi Shuval-Weiner said in a news release from Beth Tikvah. “TBT is an energetic, creative congregation that takes pride in its many accomplishments during its first three decades but is always looking ahead to ensure it continues to meet the spiritual, educational and social needs of its diverse membership and the broader community.”
Under Rabbi Shuval-Weiner, Beth Tikvah expanded its chavurah program to affinity groups that bring congregants together around such shared interests as hiking, meditation and photography.
Beth Tikvah hosted its first Tzedek Fair in September, attracting more than 20 nonprofit organizations recruiting volunteers and sharing their missions.
The rabbi recently led congregants on a trip to Israel, the first such congregational trip in several years, and has worked with Cantor Nancy Kassel to further integrate music into worship.
“From her first days as our spiritual leader, Rabbi Shuval-Weiner has had a positive impact on all aspects of our congregational life,” Beth Tikvah President Harlan Graiser said. “We are thrilled that she will continue to lead us well into the future and are excited about the energy, compassion and creativity she brings to this role.”
Rabbi Shuval-Weiner is an officer in the Atlanta Rabbinical Association and is chairing the committee overseeing the Central Conference of American Rabbis’ national convention in Washington in 2020.