Rabbi Adam F. Miller

Adam MillerWelcome to the Temple Shalom Website. I am Rabbi Miller, and I am thrilled to be the rabbi of this dynamic congregation. Having celebrated 50 years, we embrace the congregation’s history, while building for our bright future.

My work at Temple Shalom reflects my passion for social justice, and a strong connection to Israel. I engage with members of the congregation in all aspects of Jewish living including: leading worship services; officiating at weddings, funerals, b'nei mitzvah services and baby naming ceremonies; meeting the pastoral care needs of the congregation; and teaching in the Religious School and Adult Lifelong Learning program; interacting with our Preschool parents and students.

Outside of the congregation, I am involved in local as well as national activities. I currently serve on the board at the Jewish Federation of Collier County, the advisory council of the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida, and the local board of Jewish National Fund. I am a member of the local clergy association and The Rotary Club of Naples. Outside of Naples, I participate on the Central Conference of American Rabbi’s Committee on Justice, Peace, and Religious Liberties and serve as one of the rabbinic representatives on the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism.

I have significant experience in the area of interfaith relations, having participated in programs that foster Jewish-Christian relations, as well as Jewish-Muslim dialogue.

Additionally, I have a strong background in youth activities as a former Temple Youth Group adviser, as well as through my work as staff at URJ Greene Family Camp, and faculty at URJ Camp Coleman, URJ Eisner Camp and URJ Crane Lake Camp.

Born in Watertown, Wisconsin, I spent my youth living in Detroit, Atlanta, Buffalo, and Tulsa. Following my graduation from the University of Kansas with a degree in philosophy, I entered Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Ordained by Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in 2003, I worked for four years as the Associate Rabbi at Temple Beth El in Chappaqua, New York, and for three years at Temple Beth Am of Framingham, Massachusetts.

My wife, Jennifer Siegal-Miller, is an attorney with experience in adoption, foster care, and family law. We are blessed with our twin sons, Jonah and Gabriel, and also share our home with our dog, Jackson. In addition to spending time with my family, I am an avid sports fan who enjoys playing golf, tennis and basketball, as well as reading and keeping current on my favorite television shows.

I welcome the chance to meet with you in person. Please do not hesitate to email me or call to make an appointment.

L’shalom!

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: amiller@naplestemple.org


Cantor Donna Azu

Cantor AzuHello, my name is Cantor Donna Azu. On May 2, 2010, I became invested as a Cantor from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City, and I was delighted to join the Temple Shalom congregation as their new Cantor in July of the same year!

I am originally from Southern California where I received a Bachelors of Music degree in Opera Performance and Music Education from California State University of Long Beach. Prior to attending the School of Sacred Music at HUC-JIR, I earned a California teaching credential in K-12 music and taught both elementary and middle school music and theater. In addition, I sang professionally throughout the Southern California area with Opera Pacific, Long Beach Opera and the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony.

Although I had been active in the Jewish community, it wasn’t until I participated in a Pre-Cantorial program on the HUC-JIR Los Angeles campus that I knew that the Cantorate was the right path for me. I am extremely passionate about enhancing Jewish life through music. For me, the Cantorate encompasses so much of what I love; music, education, community, and tradition.

While studying in New York, I had the opportunity to be the Cantorial Intern at Temple Shaaray Tefila in NYC from 2006-2008. From 2008-2010, I served as the student Cantor at Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor, Long Island. During my time there, I oversaw the B'nai Mitzvah program, led worship services, and taught various music and adult education programs.

I came to Naples with my husband Zadok Azu whom I married in August, 2009. Zadok is originally from Israel and had been living and working in New York for the past 17 years as a Real Estate Broker. In addition to spending time with my husband, I enjoy playing tennis, biking, listening to live music, watching musicals and catching up on some of my favorite movies and television shows.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: dazu@naplestemple.org