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Professional Staff

Rebecca Simons, Administrative Director


Becca 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. Becca and her husband Keating are the proud parents of two beautiful girls. Becca 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 C. 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.

Joe Stern, Sr Consultant


Joe grew up in Charleston, graduating from Bishop England High School (when it was still downtown).  He assists with the synagogue's information technology and data, primarily its enterprise system, ShulCloud.  His background is in software implementation, e-learning development, employee training and development, and nonprofit management.  He began his career in management consulting for a Big Five firm in Washington, DC.  Later, he worked with marginalized communities in New York City in both vocational and volunteer roles.  He is a graduate of The George Washington University (BA, European History) and Yale University (Master of Divinity).  His most rewarding role was the chaplain intern for a lockdown psychiatric unit at a large hospital in Western Connecticut.  Get in touch with Joe if you have tech needs!


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!

Tue, February 7 2023 16 Shevat 5783