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Professional Staff

Rebecca Simons, Administrative Director


Rebecca began as Emanu-El's Administrative Director in December, 2022.  She is a life-long member of Emanu-El, so she is no stranger to many of you. Rebecca and her husband Keating are the proud parents of two beautiful girls. Rebecca has over 10 years of office manager/construction project management/property management/financial analyst experience with all the duties required to hold those positions. For the last year and a half, she was been the building/grounds chairperson for Emanu-El, and you can see all the improvements she has been involved in as well. Please welcome her when you get a chance.

Daphne Hubara, Religious School Principal


Daphne is the proud mother of Jasmine, Noa Leigh, and Gilli. Born in Charleston, she also has lived in Tel Aviv, Maryland, and Philadelphia. Growing up, Daphne was a member of a traveling Israeli Folk Dance Troop and involved in Young Judaea. Daphne not only oversees our religious school and youth groups but also serves as the ritual assistant to the rabbi. She has always enjoyed the ru’ach (spirit) of Jewish songs, dances and traditions. She passes this enthusiasm on to our Religious School students and synagogue congregants.

Leah Bowzard, Operations Manager


Leah Bowzard is originally from New Hampshire and moved to Charleston in 1993, where she graduated from Johnson & Wales University.  Leah has been  the Administrative Assistant at Synagogue Emanu-El since 2002. Leah is married to Allen Bowzard and has two children.  She is our hub for information and is prized for her attention to details in all areas of our synagogue's life.

Ruth Swindell, Bookkeeper

Charleston is Ruth's hometown. She grew up in the West Ashley area, attended Middleton High School and even participated in Girl Scouts at the former JCC. After receiving her Bachelor's Degree in German from Furman University, Ruth returned to Charleston.  Ruth joined the Synagogue Emanu-El staff in July of 2017 as bookkeeper.  She brings with her 29 years of bookkeeping experience with local companies, including Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim. Ruth is the person to contact for questions about your membership account.  Her hobbies include music, traveling, nature and travel photography.  She has shared some of her favorite photographs from her visits to Israel  here.


Larry Deas, Support Staff

Larry Deas started working at Emanu-El in 2008, and is always around. If you ever need help with anything, Larry will be happy to give you a hand and is a beloved member of the Emanu-El community -- you always will find Larry with a big smile on his face. Larry is the proud father of a beautiful girl, and lives in North Charleston. Larry enjoys playing basketball in his free time; let him know if you want to practice with him!

Sat, April 20 2024 12 Nisan 5784