STAFF

Ann-Marie Fisher, Executive Director, ed@chj-detroit.org

Ann Marie Fisher and her family have for a long time been active members of the community. In 2002 they realized they had finally found their home here at The BirminghamTemple and became members. It wasn’t long before she started teaching Sunday school, which in turn led to her position as the Executive Director. When she isn’t running around trying to organize things at the Temple she can be found at her home in West Bloomfield taking care of her children and many pets. From dogs to bearded dragons, she loves them all.

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Melanie Goldberg, Spinoza Coordinator and Reserve Clergy

Melanie Goldberg has a long history with the Congregation as has her family. She is the mother of two daughters who attended the Sunday School and celebrated their B' Mitzvahs at the congregation. She has taught in the Sunday School as have each of her daughters (one currently). Melanie served on the congregation's board until she was hired as Coordinator of the Spinoza Youth Education Program. Melanie has also spoken at several congregational events, bringing her expertise as an immigration attorney. Additionally, as an ordained interfaith minister with training in Humanistic Judaism, Melanie also serves the congregation as Reserve Clergy when Rabbi Falick is unavailable ordained interfaith minister. Melanie also holds an M.A. in Teaching.

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Joseph Palazzolo, Director of Music

Joseph Palazzolo is an award winning concert solo pianist, organist, and lecturer throughout southeast Michigan. He has served as organist, choir director, and music director for congregations of many faiths, including his accompaniment of cantors in Metro Detroit for over 20 years at Temple Israel, Temple Emanu-El, Temple Shir Shalom, and the Grosse Pointe Jewish Council. Since 2002, Mr. Palazzolo has served as music director for Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church even as he continues his work as a private piano teacher. He is well known throughout the community for his directorial leadership and performances in local choruses, musical theater, and as a composer and arranger. He is a member of the MFMC, The American Guild of Music, The American Guild of Organists, and the Tuesday Musicale of Detroit.

Michele Clevenger, Administrative Assistant, office@chj-detroit.org

Michele Clevenger joined the temple staff in October 2017.  Before joining us, she stayed home taking care of her husband, Scott and two daughters, Cassie & Tina.  Michele loves to crochet and bake cookies….in fact she used to have her own business.