Rabbi Andrew Bloom
Rabbi Andrew Bloom was born in New Jersey, grew up in Maryland, and made aliyah at the age of 19 to Israel. There, Rabbi Bloom served for 2½ years in the Israeli Army as a combat medic in an artillery unit in Lebanon, the West Bank, and Gaza, as well as serving as his unit’s medical chemicals expert during the Gulf War. Upon being honorably discharged in 1991 at the rank of Sergeant, Rabbi Bloom studied education and history at the State Teachers College — Seminar Hakibutzim. It was there that he met his wife, Michal, also a student in education and history.
Rabbi Bloom graduated with a B.Ed. and teachers certificate with honors in 1995. During his last year of undergraduate work, Rabbi Bloom served as teacher at the Herziliyah Gymnasium, Israel’s oldest Hebrew High School. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, Rabbi Bloom entered Rabbinical School at The Schechter Institute for Judaic Studies in Jerusalem, the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Israel branch.
During Rabbi Bloom’s studies, he served as a student rabbi in Jerusalem at Congregation Kiryat Hayovel. Rabbi Bloom also served as a crisis counselor for English speakers at Shaarey Tzedek hospital in Jerusalem. Rabbi Bloom’s rabbinic thesis was on “The Psychology of the Mourning Process.”
Upon completion of his studies, Rabbi Bloom served for a year as a rabbi in England. During this time Rabbi Bloom served on the Beit Din of the Conservative movement in England.
Rabbi Bloom served congregations in New Jersey where he created an innovative family B’nai Mitzvah program, led Adult Bar and Bat Mitzvah classes, and taught adult education classes. Rabbi Bloom also co-created a Shirey Shabbat early family service. While in New Jersey, Rabbi Bloom served as the Rumson Police Department’s first ever Jewish police chaplain.
Rabbi Bloom emphasizes outreach to non-affiliated members of the community, as well as inreach and retention of members. He is happy to meet, greet, and welcome anyone who walks through the doors of our synagogue who wants to learn, explore, and enjoy our community.
Rabbi Bloom is very interested in pastoral counseling and graduated from the Post Center of Mental Health’s post-graduate certification program as a pastoral counselor. He currently serves on the Fort Worth Mayor’s Faith Based Cabinet, and on the steering committee for Compassionate Fort Worth. He is the author of Two Minutes of Traditions: Torah and Life Lessons for People on the Go. He lectures on Judaism and religion within the wider Tarrant County community.
In his spare time, Rabbi Bloom is an avid sports enthusiast, field archer, and Harry Potter fan. Rabbi Bloom believes that his greatest accomplishment in life is marrying his wife and the birth of his three children.
Need to contact Rabbi Bloom? You can email him, or call the office at 817.731.4721.
Cantor Shoshana Abrams Kaikov
Cantor Shoshana Abrams Kaikov holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a Master of Arts in Sacred Music and a Master of Arts in Jewish Education from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
She has experience as a student cantor at congregations in Ohio and in New Jersey while also gaining teaching experience in New York. Cantor Abrams Kaikov has lived in California and New York, and is a world-wide traveler.
In addition to her cantorial responsibilities, Cantor Abrams Kaikov is the Education Director of Congregation Ahavath Sholom’s Religious School.
Need to contact Cantor Abrams Kaikov? You can email her, or call the office at 817.731.4721.
Michael Linn, Executive Director
Michael Linn is a Brooklyn native who has lived in Nebraska, Kentucky, and most recently San Antonio.
Need to contact Michael? You can email email him, or call the office at 817.731.4721.
JoAnn English, Shul Secretary
JoAnn English is a native of Fort Worth who has worked for the Shul for over 10 years. She is happy to assist with requests as best she can.
Need to contact JoAnn? You can email her, or call the office at 817.731.4721.
Suzi Gardner, Bookkeeper
Suzi Gardner was born in Decatur, Texas, and grew up in Fort Worth. She studied accounting at the University of North Texas until leaving school to marry her husband, Spencer. They moved extensively due to his military career. They have a son on active duty in the Air Force and a daughter who is a nurse here in Fort Worth.
Suzi enjoys her four grandkids, her pets (four dogs and one cat), country life, and working at Congregation Ahavath Sholom.
Need to contact Suzi? You can email her, or call the office at 817.731.4721.