rabbi zachary shapiro
Rabbi Shapiro is not only the spiritual leader at Temple Akiba, but has been a source of guidance, support, reflection and a good hug since 2006. A native of Boston, Rabbi Shapiro has lived in Los Angeles since his Ordination from HUC-JIR, Cincinnati in 1997. He met Ron Galperin that same year, and they were married in a religious ceremony in 2002, followed by a legal ceremony in 2008.
Rabbi Shapiro continues to bring high energy and forward thinking to Temple Akiba every day. Whether it’s hosting Shabbat services on the beach, guiding groups of Temple members through Israel, Cuba and other foreign lands, leading Temple senior high schooler’s to lobby in Washington D.C. for important causes, or playing his guitar and filling our Temple with song, Rabbi Shapiro is the backbone of Temple Akiba.
Cantor Lonee Frailich
Cantor Lonee Frailich became Temple Akiba’s first ever full-time cantor in 2011. She is a teacher and mentor for students of all ages. Her voice brings the sounds of prayer to another dimension, and her leadership and innovative programs are a staple at Temple Akiba.
Cantor Frailich is passionate about weaving the beautiful sounds of Jewish sacred music into the fabric of Temple Akiba. She loves teaching people of all ages about the rich traditions of our heritage, from teaching music to our ECC, tutoring Bar and Bat Mitzvah students of all ages, and engaging in Adult Learning. Cantor Frailich was instrumental in creating and leading the Junior Choir for our youngest congregants, Cantor’s Chanters for our Middle School and High School aged students, and providing lead vocals in the Kabbalat Shabbat band.
Cantor Frailich is a second generation Cantor, following in the footsteps of her father, Cantor Emeritus Jay Frailich, who served as the Cantor at University Synagogue in Brentwood, CA for 40 years. Cantor Frailich is married to Michael Gantman and together they are the loving parents of Indee Rose and Meleena Jo Gantman.
Rabbi Emeritus Allen Maller
In 1967, Rabbi Allen Maller became the spiritual leader of Temple Akiba. Creative new services were begun, including monthly family services that are a continued tradition in the Temple and Religious School today. There was a resurgence of activities, including youth groups and adult education programs, in addition to a lay choir. In the summer of 2006, after 39 wonderful and dedicated years as Temple Akiba’s Rabbi, Rabbi Maller retired and has since continued on as Rabbi Emeritus. Temple Akiba is eternally grateful for his vision and dedication.