Our Clergy

RABBI ANDREW MARC PALEY

Rabbi Andrew Paley has been the Senior Rabbi and Spiritual Leader of Temple Shalom, a Reform congregation, in Dallas, Texas since 2004. Ordained in 1995, Rabbi Paley holds a Doctor of Divinity Honoris Causa, a Master’s Degree in Hebrew Letters from The Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from The Ohio State University. He is also a Prepare/Enrich Certified marital and premarital counselor.

Rabbi believes in the value of collaboration and cooperation within the Jewish community and in the wider Dallas Metroplex. Rabbi Paley is a member and past President of the Rabbinic Association of Greater Dallas and is a member of the Muslim/Jewish Advisory Council of the Dallas Chapter of The American Jewish Committee. He has also served as a mentor for rabbinic colleagues in congregations around the country as well as to rabbinical students in seminary.

In the city of Dallas, Rabbi Paley is a Dallas Police Chaplain, Co-Chair of  Faith Forward Dallas@ThanksgivingSquare – a multi-faith clergy association; Chair of the Dallas Police Department’s Multi-Faith Advisory Committee; a board member of The Senior Source; served as a member of the Mayor’s Task Force on Poverty, and currently serves as the International Secretary of Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity.

Rabbi Paley has edited two prayer books, one for the Sabbath and one for families for the High Holy days.

Rabbi Paley is married to Deborah Niederman, the Past President of the Association of Reform Jewish Educators, and is the father of Molly and Samuel.

Email: apaley@templeshalomdallas.org
Phone: 972-661-1810 x201      

Emergency number: (214) 295-9630

CANTOR DEVORAH G. AVERY

Cantor Devorah Avery was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated with a BA in Music with an emphasis in Voice and Viola from the University of Tulsa. Cantor Avery studied at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s School of Sacred Music where she received her Master’s in Sacred Music and was ordained as Cantor in May of 2007. While in Cantorial School she served congregations in New York, Colorado, Texas, and West Virginia. During her studies in Israel at HUC-JIR, Cantor Avery was privileged to visit Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus in a cantorial capacity to serve Jewish communities there. She has performed in concerts in the United States, Israel, Ukraine, and Belarus.

Following Cantorial school, Cantor Avery served as Assistant Cantor at North Shore Congregation Israel in Glencoe, IL. In August of 2009, she came to Temple Israel of Northern Westchester to serve as Cantor until June of 2015.  At the end of June, 2015, Cantor Devorah Avery moved with her husband, Aaron Greenberg, to Dallas, Texas. She began serving Temple Shalom as Cantor July 1, 2015. In addition to her duties as cantor, she oversees all musical programming and b’nai mitzvah programming at the temple.

Prior to becoming a cantor, Devorah was a professional violist. While studying for her undergraduate degree she played in the Oklahoma Sinfonia and the Tulsa Klezmer Band. She performed in concerts with Dave Brubeck, Sandy Duncan, and Dudley Moore.

While in cantorial school at HUC, Cantor Avery received numerous awards including the Alpern Scholarship, the Women of Reform Judaism Prize, the Rabbi Edwin N. Soslow Memorial Prize in American Jewish History, the Cantor Goldstein Prize for Hazzanut, and the Cantor Jacob Benzion Mendelson Prize for Vocal Excellence in 2005 and 2006. 

While living in White Plains, NY she was on the board of Kol-Hazzanim, the Westchester Community of Cantors, and was involved with the Croton Clergy and PAPA, the Peekskill Area Pastors Association. In September of 2010, she participated in the Hudson River Swim for Life, a three-mile swim from Nyack to Sleepy Hollow to raise money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

Cantor Avery has been selected to be part of the 2020-2021 cohort of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s Clergy Leadership Program. It is an 18-month program for rabbis and cantors, offering an immersive, practice-based approach to deepen their own spiritual lives and the life of the Jewish community.

Cantor Avery is passionate about empowering others and building community through heartfelt prayer, meaningful connection, and the spiritual power of music. She is looking forward to a future full of Torah, music, community, learning, prayer, and devotion to God. 

Email: davery@templeshalomdallas.org
Phone: 972-661-1810 x201

Emergency number: (214) 295-9630

CANTOR EMERITUS DON ALAN CROLL

Cantor Croll, a native of Buffalo, New York, is an invested cantor having graduated with honors in liturgical interpretation from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion’s School of Sacred Music in 1978. He spent ten years as cantor and music director of Temple Beth Torah in Upper Nyack, New York. He also served as cantor in Los Angeles, California and Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has performed in Israel and appeared as guest soloist with Kol Echad, the premier Jewish chorale in Los Angeles and the Albuquerque Symphony, as well as the Kennedy Center’s July 4th celebration “Let Freedom Sing”. Cantor Croll is a member of the Cantor’s Assembly and is currently serving on the Board of Trustees of the American Conference of Cantors.

HUC-JIR bestowed an honorary Doctorate of Music degree on Cantor Croll for his twenty-five years in the cantorate and in June 2018, Cantor Croll received an award celebrating his forty years in the cantorate. In 2008, Cantor Croll was Temple Shalom Brotherhood’s Man of the Year in celebration of his 13 years at Temple Shalom. In 2013, Cantor Croll was inducted as a Life Member into Brotherhood’s Hall of Fame. Cantor Croll retired on May 31, 2013. Cantor Croll is currently the senior clergy at Congregation Beth El Binah in Dallas. 

Cantor Croll is married to Jan Gartenberg.

RABBI EMERITUS KENNETH D. ROSEMAN z”l

Rabbi Roseman came to Temple Shalom in 1985 after serving as the Rabbi of Temple Beth El in Madison, Wisconsin. Ordained in 1966, Rabbi Roseman also earned a Ph.D. in Jewish History. He served as Dean of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion and taught Jewish history at Southern Methodist University. Rabbi Roseman served as Co-Chairman of the National Joint Commission on Jewish Education and Chairman of the Committee on Family and Children’s Liturgy. His series of Jewish history books for adolescents garnered two prestigious awards. As a community activist, he represented Temple Shalom as an officer of the Attending Clergy Association of Presbyterian Hospital and Chairman of the Rabbinical Association of Greater Dallas. Author of Of Tribes and Tribulations (2014) which addresses twelve of the most common issues raised by religious seekers. Rabbi Roseman passed away on 4/26/2020 from Covid-19 complications. Please share your memories here

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