Rabbi Adam F. Miller
Welcome to Temple Shalom, where our members are part of One Family in relationship with one another. I value the opportunity to connect with our members, developing relationships through sharing meaningful lifecycle and worship moments, exploring Jewish sources together, and spending time with one another.
My work at Temple Shalom reflects my passion for social justice, experience in interfaith relations, 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; teaching courses through Melton School for Adult Jewish Learning; working with the high school Confirmation class; as well as interacting with our Preschool parents and students. In the summer I serve on the faculty at URJ Camp Coleman.
Locally I am involved with the boards at Meals of Hope, the Children’s Museum of Naples, Jewish Federation of Greater Naples, the Catholic-Jewish Dialogue and our local chapter of Jewish National Fund. I also participate on the Central Conference of American Rabbi’s Committee on Justice, Peace, and Religious Liberties and served for more than ten years on the URJ Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism.
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 at Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, focused primarily in the area of family law. We are blessed with three sons, Jonah, Gabriel and Eli, 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 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 239-455-3030 to make an appointment.
L’shalom, Rabbi Adam F. Miller
Cantor Donna Azu
Hello, 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.
Rabbi Emeritus, Rabbi James Perman
Rabbi Perman came to Temple Shalom in 1993. He first retired in 2006. Called back in 2008, he “re-retired” in 2010.
After 43 years as a congregational rabbi here in Naples and before that, in Mount Vernon, NY, Rabbi Perman took up college teaching in 2011 at Florida Gulf Coast University where he teaches Jewish Studies in the department of Philosophy and Communications. At Temple, he teaches the Sunday School for Adults and helps out as needed.
Rabbi Perman served as President of the Greater Naples Ministerial Association, and a trustee of NCH Healthcare, Inc. His wife, Jane, co-ordinates our annual Blood Drives and teaches Adult Hebrew.