Rabbi Michael Weinstein, Senior Rabbi
Rabbi Michael Weinstein assumed the role of Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel in July of 2018, when he moved to Tulsa with his family to start their new life. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Rabbi Weinstein earned his undergraduate degree in Philosophy, with a focus in Jewish Studies, from the University of Cincinnati. He continued his studies at Xavier University, completing a Master of Arts in Christian Theology, before entering the Rabbinical School at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where he achieved a second Master of Arts, in Hebrew Letters. Michael was ordained as Rabbi in 2010.
Rabbi Weinstein has served congregations in the greater Boston, Atlanta, and Washington DC communities, in addition to spending time working in the Jewish Day School and Jewish Federation environments. Rabbi’s professional interests are relationship based, in the areas of community organizing, engagement, and creating a welcoming community.
Since ordination, Rabbi Weinstein has studied Professional Fundraising at Boston University, and achieved a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. He is a trained Interim Rabbi from the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the Interim Ministry Network. He is also an Accredited Police Chaplain with the International Conference of Police Chaplains. In his spare time, Rabbi Weinstein volunteers as part of the Tulsa Police Chaplain Corps.
Outside the synagogue, Rabbi Weinstein enjoys spending his time with his family. Laurie, his wife, is an accomplished Cantor, also serving Temple Israel, while their son, Mose, is enamored with all things trains-related. Michael enjoys the classics-- classic cars, music, movies, and motorcycles. Never one to pass up a good burger and a beer, he would be happy to join you for a cup of coffee and conversation!
Cantor Laurie Weinstein, Cantor
Cantor Laurie Weinstein is a Cincinnati native who takes pride in her multiple interests provided by our vast world. Laurie holds a Bachelor of Music in Music History with a Voice Concentration from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. She has Cantorial Certification from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York Campus under the direction of Cantor Ellen Dreskin. She has also studied on the graduate level at Hebrew College in Newton, Massachusetts. Before pursuing her Cantorial Certification, she has served in multiple capacities, from B’nai Mitzvah tutor to Cantorial Soloist, for congregations in Ohio, Indiana, and Massachusetts. Previously, she served as part-time Student Cantor for Temple Shir Tikva, in Wayland, Massachusetts, and Cantor Intern for Congregation Dor Tamid in Johns Creek, Georgia. Before completing her cantorial studies, Cantor Weinstein served for three years as Cantor Intern for Beth Sholom Temple, in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Laurie also holds an Associate Degree in Applied Science from the University of Cincinnati and was licensed to practice Dental Hygiene in Ohio before entering the professional Jewish world. She finds great pride and joy in other facets of her life as a mother, professional dog walker to Mavis and Pixie, a yogi, bird watching; and enjoys anything music related. She is fascinated by the “Why?” and finds the intersection of history and the human narrative most interesting. She enjoys motorcycles and rye whiskey, but not at the same time. Her life’s philosophy can be summed up in a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson- "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
Laurie is excited to develop relationships with the Temple Israel family and to engage with the larger Tulsa community.
Rabbi Emeritus Charles P. Sherman, D.D.,was Senior Rabbi from 1976-2013.He retired in 2013 and was given the honorary title of Rabbi Emeritus.
Klara Bode, Executive Director, is a long time Tulsan. She is a graduate of the University of Miami and a CPA who joined the Temple Israel staff as the Temple accountant in 2010. During her years in Tulsa she has and continues to serve on the boards of several Jewish organizations including the Jewish Federation of Tulsa, Mizel Jewish Community Day School and OKIE. Her volunteer time in the Jewish community and career spent in the business sector has prepared her for working within the Temple Israel family and with outside organizations and businesses. Klara enjoys not only interacting with people, but also working with puzzles, numbers and challenges which makes her uniquely qualified to be Temple's Executive Director! Klara and her husband, John, have 5 granddaughters who along with son Brian and daughter-in-law Eryn are Temple Israel members. In addition to time spent playing with granddaughters, Klara enjoys playing card games, Sudoku, Mahjong and going out to dinner with friends. Klara looks forward to meeting you!
Stephanie Marshall, Director of Education, Outreach and Programming, is thrilled to make Tulsa, Oklahoma her home. Born in Chicago, she has lived in different parts of the country.
Stephanie began teaching Sunday School and Hebrew in 1989 and has been working in the field of Jewish Education ever since. With a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Psychology from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA she returned to school in 2002 and earned her MA in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2005.
Stephanie’s experiences include teaching all ages, running synagogue schools of various sizes, youth group advisor and youth director, Program Director, Director of county wide high school retreat based program, Youth and Family Activity Director at a JCC and working at a day school. Her true love continues to be synagogue work.
When not working, Stephanie loves to cook and hang out with friends. She enjoys festivals, art shows, music and hiking. She shares her home with her very entertaining dog, Reggie, a Shiba Inu.
Jenny Labow, Administrative Assistant
DeeAnn Butler, Bookkeeper
Eliot Glaser, Accompanist
Bracken Klar and Melanie Gillespy, Librarians