Desert Outreach Synagogue
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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 Residence
Orly Campbell graduated with a B.A., emphasis in Vocal Arts at California State University of Northridge in 2006. Prior to Orly beginning her journey at the Academy for Jewish Religion California (AJRCA) she was already a year into her most prideful job, being a new mom. She had no clue how she could attend a Masters seminary and raise a baby. Little did Orly know she would be completing her master’s degree with not one but 3 children.
Orly spent the last 6 years raising her kids and discovering her true love for hazzanut. She has worked in many different temples including her most current role as cantorial soloist at Temple Beth Shir Shalom in Santa Monica where she will be leading as Cantor for the 2nd year. While at Beth Shir Shalom, Orly discovered the perfect combination of liturgy mixed with music. Before that, Orly was an intern at Temple Akiba in which she taught B’nai mitzvah students, adult classes and led some amazing Shabbats. Before that Orly was an intern at Temple Ramat Zion in Northridge (which was the synagogue Orly grew up attending as a child.)
Cantor Orly graduated AJRCA with her master’s and was ordained as a Cantor on May 27th, 2019. She is so excited to be back at Desert Outreach Synagogue, since first coming in 2016 when she led the first High Holidays as your cantorial soloist. Cantor Orly is excited and thrilled to lead officially as Cantor with her friend and bimah partner Rabbi Jules King.
Cantor Campbell will be on a journey pursuing the next step in her cantorial career. She will continue sharing her love, passion and voice in hopes of elevating a congregant’s experience for services. She hopes you enjoy the lovely service we have planned for you and look forward to meeting you and seeing all the familiar faces at the Oneg.
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
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