Professional Staff

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.