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Professional Staff

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, 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.

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.


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!

Mon, September 26 2022 1 Tishrei 5783