Rabbi Steven L. Mills
Rabbi Steven L. Mills served most recently as the Rabbinic Director of the URJ’s Central Congregational Network, one of four geographic congregational networks in North America. In particular, he addressed matters relating to lay-clergy relations and professional placement. He was appointed to be the Union’s representative on the Joint Commission on Rabbinical Placement, the commission that oversees all rabbinical placement for the Reform Movement (comprised of lay and professional leaders from the URJ, HUC-JIR and the CCAR). He also served as the Co-Director of the North American Commission on Rabbinic-Congregational Relations. Rabbi Mills served as the Senior Union Rabbi for the Union for Reform Judaism, and coordinated the work of the Union Rabbi team, while also addressing the clergy and spiritual needs of congregations in the URJ’s Central District.
Rabbi Mills also worked as the Regional Director of the Union for Reform Judaism's Northeast Lakes Council/Detroit Federation from July 2002, through May 2009. As regional director, Rabbi Mills led an office team that was the direct link between the Union and the 68 Reform synagogues in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and western New York State, providing technical expertise, resources and direct counseling on the issues that congregations face daily.
Before working for the Union for Reform Judaism, Rabbi Mills served as the rabbi of Temple B'nai Jeshurun in Des Moines, Iowa. Rabbi Mills also served as associate rabbi at Congregation Temple Israel in St. Louis, MO, and began his rabbinate as an assistant rabbi at Congregation Albert in Albuquerque, NM. While working for the URJ, he served as the rabbi for the High Holy Days at Temple Jacob in Houghton, Michigan.
Always active in civic life, Rabbi Mills regularly participates in community events, and has served on the board of the Greater Des Moines Jewish Federation and the Anti-Defamation League of Missouri-Southern Illinois, and as adjunct faculty member in the Religion and Philosophy department at Drake University. He was a member of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Cleveland. An accomplished cartoonist, he three times was the recipient of the Noah Bee Award for Excellence in Editorial Cartooning from the American Jewish Press Association, and Torah Aura Productions published his children's book, Rafi's Search for the Torah Munching Monster.
Rabbi Mills was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati in 1993, and holds a J.D. from Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and a B.A. from Miami University. Rabbi Mills and his family live in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, and he and his wife, Rabbi Estelle Gottman Mills, are the parents of three children, Rafi (Lehigh University senior), Sivan (University of Pennsylvania sophomore) and Noa (high school sophomore).
Cantor Inna Serebro-Litvak
In 1997 after graduation from the Musical Academy in Tel Aviv, Cantor Serebro-Litvak came to the United States. She continued her studies for a Masters degree from the Miller Cantorial School at the Jewish Theological Seminary and was the first woman from the former Soviet Union to graduate from JTS. Cantor Inna Serebro-Litvak performed at concerts in various Temples in the New York and New Jersey area, and led High Holiday services at Anshei Emeth in Chicago with Cantor Alberto Mizrahi. In addition, she participated in the recordings of the Milken Archive of Jewish Music, and her solo can be heard on one of the CDs from that collection.
From July 2002 through June 2005, Inna Serebro-Litvak served as cantor at Temple B’nai Or in Morristown New Jersey. She is married to Anatoly (Tony) Litvak, who works as a project manager at KPMJ and they have two young daughters named Emily and Abigail. In July 2005, “Cantor Inna” as she likes to be called, joined the professional staff at Temple Beth Am.
Cantor Inna has released two CDs. Once is High Holy Day Music and the other the Sounds of Prayer. For more information or to order click here.