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Professional Staff

Robert Greenberg, Executive Director

Bob is a seasoned leader, administrator, and educator. He has served as Executive Director of Temple Beth El in Birmingham since 2011. Before that, he served as the head of the N.E. Miles Jewish Day School in Birmingham for 6 years and as Director of Academics at Greene Street friends School in Philadelphia, PA. He has a BA from Vassar College (1982) and an MA from UNC Chapel Hill (1987).  Bob and his wife are moving to Charleston at the end of the summer.

“I am delighted to be joining the Synagogue Emanu-El community at an important time. With the arrival of Rabbi Evan Ravski, and the leadership of new Board President Craig Browdy, the synagogue is in a position of strength to provide Jewish experience and connection during these difficult times. This challenging moment calls for new ways to provide Jewish study, ritual practice, and communal connection, which are vital for a flourishing spiritual life. My professional mission has consistently revolved around finding ways to touch people: through Jewish education, care during sickness or loss, purposeful social action, and celebration during times of joy. These are the cornerstones of a Jewish life, and as Executive Director I look forward to strengthening each of these areas in partnership with the synagogue leadership and greater Charleston Jewish community. My wife, along with Giant Schnauzer and Labrador Retriever, look forward to meeting the community and finding the perfect pet-friendly Charleston beach.”

Daphne Hubara, Religious School Principal & Ritual Assistant


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.

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.

Leah Bowzard, Administrative Assistant


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, Kyle and Ella.  She is our hub for information and is prized for her attention to details in all areas of our synagogue's life.

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 baby girl, and lives in North Charleston. Larry enjoys playing basketball in his free time; let him know if you want to practice with him!

Joe Stern, IT Support


Joe grew up in Charleston before moving to Washington, DC and New York City.  He has twenty-five years experience in technology and management consulting for a variety of clients, specializing in e-learning and instructional design.  He holds a BA in History from The George Washington University (2004) and an M.Div. from Yale (2015).  While at Yale, he was an enthusiastic psychiatric and ICU chaplain intern.  After grad school, he managed a congregation in New York City and then returned to Charleston.  He began working with Synagogue Emanu-El in 2018.  He is available to help you with your synagogue technology needs and to help translate ideas into efficient technological solutions to improve our kehilla.

Fri, September 25 2020 7 Tishrei 5781