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Our Clergy

Rabbi Michael Beals

Rabbi Michael S. Beals

Rabbi Michael Beals has been with Congregation Beth Shalom since August 2004. He is a 1997 graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Rabbi Beals is also a graduate of the University of Judaism in Los Angeles (MA Hebrew Letters), The American University in Washington DC (MA International Relations), and University of California at Berkeley (BA Political Science). He received the Raoul Wallenberg Fellowship at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Beyond his accomplished education, Rabbi Beals has also worked in a variety of roles from serving as a management analyst developing multi-cultural training programs to working with young and old in programs of music therapy, Shabbat programming, and providing pastoral counseling and support to the sick and elderly and to the families that support them.

During Rabbi Beals' tenure our Hebrew School has grown, we've established a nationally recognized Keruv Initiative - to welcome and support interfaith families, and re-established an active and involved Sisterhood and Men's Club. Also during his tenure, we have transformed our 1950s spiritual home to a modern, accessible, spiritual center. Governor John Carney appointed Rabbi Beals to be his Director of his Delaware Council of Faith-Based Partnerships. He is a former President of the Delaware Association of Rabbis and Cantors, and a regular contributor to the Delaware state-wide monthly Jewish magazine, JVoice, and the radio program, The Rabbi Speaks on WDEL.

Rabbi Beals makes his home in Delaware with his wife, Elissa and his children, Ariella and Shira. Their family also includes dogs and cats.

Our Staff

Executive Director

 Shari joined CBS as our Executive Director in August 2020.  Prior to serving in this role, Shari was the Program Manager for the Create A Jewish Legacy with The Jewish Federation of Delaware and the Director of Development of the Silver Academy in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  Shari has also served as the National Young Women's Network Chair in Hadassah.


Additional Staff

Sharon B., Office Administrator
James J., Executive Assistant
Debra G., Accountant
Robert B., Bookkeeper
Ariel W., Hebrew School Administrator
Lori Beth L., Database Liaison
Michael T., Facilities Director
Meredith F., Social Media Administrator

To reach any staff member. please call 302.654.4462 and we will direct your call to the appropriate staff member.

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