Congregation Beth El

Michigan's oldest synagogue in continuous use since 1885



Rabbi Scott Segal

Shaloha! My name is Scott Segal. I am originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and have lived in the Chicago area for the past four years (currently in Northbrook). I am married to the fabulous Rabbi Emily Segal and we have an awesome two year old daughter named Samantha.  We also have two highly (un)trained lab-mix dogs named Tootsie and Zeke.  I was ordained from Hebrew Union College (HUC) in Cincinnati in 2010 after serving congregations in Petoskey, MI, Lafayette, LA and Louisville, KY.  I also have a Masters Degree from HUC in Jewish Law and Ethics (2005). Following ordination I worked as the Director of Youth Programs at Beth Emet the Free Synagogue in Evanston, IL and for the last three years have been the rabbi at Congregation Am Echod in Lindenhurst, IL.  Outside of Judaism and hanging out with my family I love hiking and camping (favorite location: the Negev), exercising (crossfit and muay thai), coffee (the stronger the better), playing music (drums and guitar mostly, favorite band: Phish), reading (favorite author: Tom Robbins), throwing disc, juggling, bear wrestling, flea circussing circus fleeing and searching for the map that leads to the island that holds the treasure.  

Rabbi Emeritus - Rabbi Albert M. Lewis

rabbi lewisDr. Albert M. Lewis served Traverse City from 2004 until 2011 and is the Rabbi Emeritus for Congregation Beth El in Traverse City and Temple Emanuel in Grand Rapids, Michigan and retired Director of the Aquinas Emeritus College. He writes a weekly column for the Grand Rapids Press and his has a regular column in the Traverse City Record-Eagle.

Rabbi Lewis is married to Dr. Shirley Kane Lewis and they are the proud parents of Julie and Shachar Torem and Jamie and Tony Masco. Even more so, they are the grandparents of Max and Ellie Torem, and Jake, Troy and Joseph Masco.

Rabbi Lewis' book - The Lord is my Shepherd: Psalms to Accompany Us on Our Journey through Aging (Eerdmans, 2003) is widely used in synagogues and churches for study groups. Rabbi Lewis is frequently sought after as a scholar-in-residence, is very much involved in ecumenical dialogue and outreach and was the founding president of Hospice of Greater Grand Rapids.

In past years Rabbi Lewis supervised rabbinic students in Traverse City and Petoskey, Michigan.