GinaF2Gina Friday has been Temple Administrator since February 2007. In the time that she has held this position, she has become such an “institution,” it’s hard to imagine Temple Beth Or without her. Gina’s incredible organizational and people skills have been honed by years in both public and private sectors. A native of Selma, Alabama, she moved to the Montgomery area in the 1980’s. She and her husband Jack enjoy their country life style. A nature lover, Gina is particularly fond of the migrating hummingbird population and has been known to have as many as 60 hummingbirds visiting her feeders at the height of the season.

 

Linda2Linda Rosen Smith, our L’Chaim League Director, is a native of Montgomery who grew up attending Agudath Israel Synagogue, where she taught Sunday School for six years, and was principal for three. She was very active in USY, has also served on various Sisterhood committees, and been very active in Hadassah, serving several positions, including co-president for three years. She attended the University of Alabama and AUM. She started working at Rosen Jewelry Company before she could read, and the business remains a major part of her life. She married Jimmy in 1975, and has one child, Abbie.

 

Taylor2Rebecca Barrineau Taylor (Becky), our music director, is also the Director of Music Ministries at Church of the Ascension, an Episcopal congregation with close ties to Temple Beth Or. She earned a Master of Music Degree in Organ Performance & Choral Conducting at the University of Alabama, and an undergraduate degree in Music Education from Florida State University. She served as accompanist and, beginning in 2002, as the Artistic Director/Conductor of the Montgomery Chorale, retiring in 2014. Other musical and artistic involvement has been with numerous local arts and civic organizations. She is married to baritone Bill Taylor, who is a vital member of both the Temple Choir and the Ascension Choir, and has a son, Patrick Padgett, a musician living in Denver, Colorado.

Turia Stark Williams, Cantorial soloist, has sung at Temple Beth Or since arriving in Alabama in 2010. She is currently enrolled in the cantorial ordination program through The Academy for Jewish Religion in New York. Originally from Massachusetts, she holds a master’s degree in Music (vocal performance) from The Boston Conservatory, and a dual bachelor’s degree in Music and Hispanic Studies from Wheaton College (MA). She has performed classical, opera, and oratorio repertoire throughout the Northeast, New York, and the Southeast. A former Spanish teacher, she has a particular love for Ladino song repertoire as well. Turia also sings and plays both guitar and violin in the Jewish folk duo, Dahlia Road.

 

CottonMarlonHeadshotSMarlon Cotton, Maintenance, has been with us since December 2009.