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Rabbi Jules King

Rabbi Jules King was ordained and received his סמיכה S'micha/ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion California in Los Angeles, CA, along with also receiving his Master's Degree in Rabbinical Studies from AJRCA. Rabbi is a doctoral student at the Claremont School of Theology enrolled in their D.Min., Spiritual Renewal, Contemplative Practice, and Strategic Leadership program.

Rabbi Jules is our Founder and also serves as our spiritual leader and teacher, and one who shares in our joys and in our sorrows, giving uplifting and enlightening sermons to encourage, inspire, to help us make informed choices regarding Jewish beliefs and practices along with creating and developing community.

Rabbi Jules holds various other degrees and has spent many years in small to large organizations, Fortune 500 companies along with serving in both healthcare and mortuary science. Rabbi is an accomplished musician, pianist, organist and sang in the nearly 300 voice Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles in recent past. However, most importantly he brings with him a sincere devotion, dedication, and passion to his rabbinate and a desire to enhance and improve the lives of those we all interact with to make the world a better place.

Rabbi Jules resides in the greater Palm Springs area. He is also the father of two children. He is active and busy with work, school, life and enjoying his journey with the fast-growing congregation of Desert Outreach Synagogue and the Coachella Valley community! "Come join us! You already belong!"

Cantor in Training Josh Goldberg

Josh Goldberg is a cantorial student, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer in Los Angeles, California. Born and raised in Dallas, TX, Josh started performing at a young age, participating in musical theatre productions, and playing original music in local venues around town. He attended Arts Magnet High School, where he studied music, and then went on to graduate from the University of Southern California's renowned Thornton School of Music, in the Popular Music program. 

Josh released a self-titled EP in 2012 and followed up with a full-length album called ONE, which was released in 2016 and features 13 original songs and settings to Jewish prayers. Josh has toured internationally with artists such as Craig Taubman and Rick Recht and has performed at major Jewish conferences including URJ Biennial, Limmud UK, and BBYO International Convention. In 2017, Josh created his own record label and production company, Kosher Style Records, specializing in producing albums for up-and-coming contemporary Jewish songwriters from around the country. Josh is in his second year at the Academy for Jewish Religion, California, studying to be a Cantor. Josh lives in Sherman Oaks with wife, Andrea, their cat, Jazz, and their dog Frankie.

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Lois and David Israel

Lois and David are both Seattle natives and moved to Palm Desert permanently in November 2018. They have two sons, Joshua and Michael.

Lois worked in Corporate Banking for 15 years. She studied accounting at Seattle Central Community College. She had her own bookkeeping service for a number of years while the boys were young. She then worked for 16 years as an office manager/bookkeeper for a family with a Construction Company and Horse Riding facility.

David worked in Warehouse Management for 10 years. He then enjoyed a 25-year long sales career in the Woodworking Tool Industry. He especially enjoyed being a Regional Sales Manager for many of those years.

Lois and David have a passion for animals. They owned and operated a Pet Sitting Business in the Seattle area from 2008 – 2018. Their passion continues here in the desert and has opened a Pet Sitting Business in the Valley.

Lois enjoys baking and David enjoys cooking. They both enjoy long daily walks together. We are looking forward to making new friends and being a part of this loving community.

Patty Bialak, Chief Financial Officer

Patty Bialak earned a BS degree in Business with a major in accounting from California State University at Northridge (CSUN) in 1980.

After 5 years as a partner at Zussman, Meyer, & Bialak, CPA’s, Patty formed her own Santa Monica, California firm, Pat Bialak, CPA & Associates, where she specialized in tax and financial reporting for high net worth individuals, corporate tax and financial reporting, Taxation of estates, and trusts including fiduciary court reporting, and forensic investigative accounting.

After another 14 years of practice on her own, she embraced an opportunity to explore the United States, Canada, and Mexico in her 40-foot luxury motor coach. Patty sold her accounting practice and took off for a solo 12-year journey on the road to start a new life which brought her to Irvine, California where she continued her love of choral singing and finally to the Coachella Vally.

Patty is happy to share both her accounting skill and love of singing with the Desert Outreach Synagogue as the Chief Financial Officer and member of the choir.

Stu Berger, Director

Stu Berger is originally from Connecticut, where he earned a Master’s Degree at Yale University as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. He worked at Yale Psychiatric Institute and Yale-New Haven Hospital before moving to San Francisco with his husband Tim Leary. There, he worked with homeless veterans at the San Francisco VA Medical Center, as well as at an Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic for San Mateo County. Upon retiring in 2015, he & Tim moved to Palm Springs. He currently is on the Palm Springs Homelessness Task Force and volunteers for the Well in the Desert organization. For the last two years he wrote and secured Grants from the Kaiser Foundation to provide mental health services to the clients of The Well. He is very honored to be a part of Desert Outreach Synagogue.

Tim and Stu (on right)

Dorian McWain, Director of Music

Dorian McWain, 2nd grew up in the Adirondacks of Upstate New York where he studied Applied Music at the local community college. He went on to pursue an undergraduate degree in Music Business at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia where he became a member of the music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. After college he spent time assisting music programs at two Unitarian/Universalist churches in the Utica, NY area.

In 2008, he relocated to San Diego, CA where he performed several seasons with the San Diego Master Chorale and the Summit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship choir. Several years later he relocated to Palm Springs, CA where he's since been an active member of the music community. Dorian plays oboe and English horn in a few local ensembles including the Desert Winds Freedom Band, Temecula Valley Symphony and the Coachella Valley Symphony.

Dorian is honored to direct the music program at Desert Outreach Synagogue and excited to share the awesome power of music with its members.

Kurt Jordan, Principal Accompanist

Kurt Jordan developed an intense interest in learning the piano after having seen The Phantom of the Opera with his parents at age 10. He studied under the guidance of Joann Algier throughout middle and high school, during which time he discovered a love of music using multiple pianos. This passion was further explored at Azusa Pacific University while studying with Dr. Robert Sage. Kurt performed several recitals of material he arranged for two and three pianos, the recordings of which have received radio play in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Boston, Austin, and Beirut. In 2009, Kurt had the honor of performing the West Coast premiere of Alvin Curran's 7.5 hour long piano song cycle, Inner Cities 1-13, as well as the U.S. premiere of movement 14 at Burning Man in 2013. 

Kurt graduated from Azusa Pacific University in 2010 with a BA in Music Theory and Composition. Kurt is involved as accompanist for many musical groups and organizations throughout the Coachella Valley including: Harmonic Voices, Melodiam, Modern Men, Unitarian Universalist Church of the Desert, Black Tie Opera, Cathedral High School Chamber Singers, The Arrangement, BloomTones, and Songshine, a non-profit organization that teaches speech therapy through music for people with Parkinson's Disease and stroke, as well as working at College of the Desert as an accompanist among many other things. 

Founding Leadership Team


Julie Winston                                                                         Ed Winston

Jay Wagman                                                                           Diane Wagman

Stuart Markus                                                                          Ellen Markus

Helen Baker                                                                            Bill Baker

Carlos King                                                                              Helen Varon

Steve Bogorad                                                                       Susan Bogo

  Dennis Licht                                                                           Trudi Licht                                                  

Edie Keller