Kehillat Ma'arav

1715 21st Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404 / (310) 829-0566

Meet Our Clergy

Rabbi Michael Gotlieb

Our spiritual leader is Rabbi Michael Gotlieb. He was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1990 where he also earned his Masters Degree in Jewish Studies. He completed his rabbinic internship at Columbia University. Before coming to KM, he served a congregation in North County San Diego for 5 years.

In addition to his congregational activities, Rabbi Gotlieb has served as president of the Rabbinical Assembly Southwest Region and is a member of the Southern California Board of Rabbis. He also volunteers at Santa Monica College Hillel and St. John’s Hospital.

Rabbi Gotlieb teaches courses at the American Jewish University and his editorials and commentaries have been published nationally.

The Rabbi’s wife, Jill, is a registered nurse and they make their home in Santa Monica. They have three children, Alissa (married to Zach Fierstadt), Jason, and Aaron, and a grandson Leo.

Rabbi Gotlieb has been the rabbi of Kehillat Ma’arav since arriving in Los Angeles in 1995.

You may reach Rabbi Gotlieb by calling the synagogue office or by e-mailing him.

Cantor Samuel Cohen

Born in London, England, Cantor Cohen grew up in a family where Chazzanut is in the blood; both of his grandfathers were Chazzanim, as well as his father and two older brothers. From a very young age, he was singing for family and friends. This progressed to leading weekly services at age 13 at various synagogues in the East End of London. Continuing to sing all the way through his high school years, he then took up High Holy Day positions around the world.

At age 22, he received rabbinic ordination in Melbourne, Australia, and was subsequently appointed as cantor of the Pretoria Hebrew Congregation (PHC) in Pretoria, South Africa. While in South Africa, Cohen also attended the Vocal Art School at Tshwane University, where he performed in several operas, including Verdi’s Un Giorno di Regno. He relocated to Los Angeles in 2006. Throughout his career, Cohen has performed in a variety of public and private concerts around the world, including, England, Australia, Canada and Israel, blending Chazzanut, opera, Israeli, and contemporary Jewish music. Cantor Cohen is the founder of the Hollywoodcantors. Cantor Cohen is one of the four members of “Guys and Meidels,” a group of Los Angeles-based Cantors with  diverse backgrounds and pulpits, joined in song by bonds of friendship and a shared love of music.

Cantor Cohen is married to Regina and resides in Marina Del Ray.

You may reach Cantor Cohen by calling the synagogue office or by e-mailing him.