Rabbi David Lipper

Rabbi David Lipper grew up in Houston, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas – Austin and a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. Rabbi Lipper also holds a Doctorate of Divinity from Hebrew Union College. He holds certificates in Clinical Pastoral Education from MD Anderson Hospital, Transitional Ministry from the Interim Ministry Network, and Non-Profit Leadership from Rice University.

Rabbi Lipper has served as a settled rabbi at Temple Israel in Akron, Ohio; Temple Emanuel in McAllen, Texas; and Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  He has also served for the past 12 years as an Intentional interim rabbi at Temple Sholom in Santa Ana, CA; Temple Kol Tikvah in Davidson, NC; Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue, WA; Temple B’nai Chaim in Georgetown, CT; Temple B’nai Israel in Little Rock, AR; and Temple Chai in San Antonio, TX.

Not only is Rabbi Lipper a prolific reader, but he has also authored multiple publications including Living Mitzvot, a Guide for Bar/Bat Mitzvah Preparation, and Who Knows the One? A Comparative Analysis of Greek Philosophy and Jewish Mysticism. He also co-authored a monograph on the philosophy of Rabbi Moshe Hayim Luzzatto that was published in the Journal of Progressive Judaism.

Rabbi Lipper is married to his wife Dora and has four children: Benjamin and his wife Jillian, Miryam, and Dena Jo and his precious granddaughter Hazel and his dog Astro.

Director of Congregational Learning - Chava Gal-Or

As a mother of two nearly grown sons, a Jewish educator, a writer and a friend, Chava Gal-Or thrives on the connections she makes with all living creatures, as well as through her weaving of words. Living consciously as a Jew is part of her essence; she actively strives to continue her own Jewish journey which ultimately leads others to do the same. Her workshops and writing both focus on embracing a life filled with conscious living, sustainability, simplicity, and a sacred space within Judaism.

Chava loves both children and adults and has been a Jewish Educator since she was 16 years old and a teaching assistant; she has taught nearly every grade in the classroom, directed several congregational schools, and facilitated workshops for colleagues, teachers, families, and congregants.

Her passion is meeting people where they are and inspiring them to grow. Over the years, Chava’s professional derekh, path, has inspired many people by living up to her personal motto. ‘Embrace, Empower, Engage – Everyone!’ Embrace people where they are; Empower them to want to grow; and look for ways to Engage each person in their learning process. Everyone matters.

Coming to Houston for Chava was a gift. She has fallen in love with the Temple Sinai community and is always looking towards meeting people and finding out what they want to learn.

In her free time, Chava actively seeks Tikun Olam opportunities that will enable her to make a difference not only in the Jewish Community, in Israel, but also the larger world. She also loves hand drumming, hiking, and hanging with her family.

Administrator - Cindy Crump

Cindy Crump is proud to have been working for Temple Sinai for the past thirteen years as our Administrator. Prior to coming back home to Houston, she worked at Temple Israel in Memphis and HBO & Company in Atlanta. She is the mother of five wonderful children, and grandmother of two precious grandchildren.