Meet our Professionals

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Rabbi Joshua Kullock was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he studied at the Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano. He holds a BA in Jewish Thought and Bible Studies from the University of Haifa, and a MA in Jewish Thought, Talmud and Halacha from the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. He is also a graduate from the Senior Educators Program at the Melton Centre for Jewish Education (Hebrew University). 

 

During the last seven years he served as Rabbi of the Comunidad Hebrea de Guadalajara in Mexico and for the last four he was also the Executive Director of the Union of Jewish Congregations of Latin America and the Caribbean (UJCL).  He also serves at the Executive Board of the Latin American Rabbinical Assembly.

 

He is married to Jessica and is the proud father of Iara, Abigail and Meital.
 

Rabbi Joshua Barton was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2012.  Prior to working at West End Synagogue, he was the Assistant Director and Campus Rabbi at Vanderbilt Hillel.  Joshua was raised in Minneapolis, MN, but came down south to attend Vanderbilt University for college, and has loved Nashville and its Jewish community ever since.  Joshua is a graduate of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies year program and the JTS year-long program at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. 

Joshua is married to Sophie Rapoport, a fellow Minnesotan and Pardes alumna.

 

Marcia Stewart has attended West End Synagogue since childhood. Her grandparents, great-grandparents, great-great grandparents and parents were members also, giving her a long family history with our congregation. Marcia attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She comes to us with a variety of experience, such as owning a clothing store, dispatching soy bean shipments nationwide, managing a textile mill, directing projects for a think tank and working in the field of developmental disabilities. Many members will know her from her jobs as Business Manager of the Gordon Jewish Community Center for many years, and Executive Director here at West End in 2005-2006 . She served as Treasurer of the WES Board from 2008-2010. Marcia is married to Lee, who serves on our High Holiday sub-committee, and mother to Caleb, a Nathan Davis award winner currently serving in the US Forest service, in the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

 

Sharon Paz is a graduate of West End Synagogue Religious School and was very excited to return to Nashville and WES as the Director of Lifelong Learning.

Sharon spent a year following high school, living and studying in Israel on the Young Judaea Year Course program.  Upon her return to the States she pursued her interest in Judaism at the Jewish Theological Seminary in NY and at Spertus College of Judaica in Chicago where she received her B.S. in Jewish Studies, a Hebrew Teacher's Certificate and a Masters Degree in Jewish Education.  Returning to Nashville after college, Sharon taught Hebrew and Jewish Studies 6 hours a week in the WES Religious School. She also accepted a full time position as the Director of the Nashville Jewish Resource Center and Director of the CRC of the Nashville Jewish Federation.

New opportunities took her and her family to Savannah, GA where she became the principal of the Shalom School, a joint Conservative-Reform Religious School and trained Bnai Mitzvah students from both congregations.   Realizing an opportunity to put the funding of Jewish Education at the top of the community agenda, Sharon accepted the position as the Director of the Savannah Jewish Federation and served as a Federation professional for 12 years. Sharon and her husband, Moises, decided to pursue new career opportunities and moved to Scottsdale, Arizona where Sharon returned to being a full time educator.  She was the lead Judaic Studies teacher for 4th-8th graders at the King David/Jess Schwartz Jewish Community Day School.  Following three years in Arizona, the Pazs moved to Brooklyn to be near two of their 5 children and 5 of their 7 grandchildren. Sharon was hired as the Associate Director of Hebrew and Instruction at Congregation Beth Elohim (CBE), a supplementary school of 200 students in Park Slope (Brooklyn). Living in New York and working in Park Slope afforded her a plethora of Jewish resources and the opportunity to be exposed to new paradigms in Jewish learning. When Miriam Halachmi decided to retire as Educational Director of WES, her husband Ari, encouraged Sharon to consider applying for the position. "The rest", as they say, "is history!"

Lieutenant John Batty is the Security Coordinator here at West End Synagogue. Lieutenant Batty has 28 years of law enforcement experience. He worked in Georgia for 8 years and  has been in Nashville the past 20 years working for Metro Nashville Davidson County.