Hello, I’m Jacquelyn, the Engagement Specialist, and I can’t wait to help connect you with Temple Solel! I grew up in Altus, Oklahoma, where the closest temple was a two and a half hour drive each way. When I learned I was moving to the Valley in the spring of 2017, I began to research all the temples, shuls, and synagogues because I was so excited to be able to choose a congregation based on fit rather than location.
On moving day, I jumped in a UHAUL with my boyfriend (now husband) and all of our things to drive to a state I had never been to before. Once settled in, it was time to experience the communities I had researched. We went to services on Friday nights and got a feel for the different congregations, their rabbis, and their communities. Our first service at Temple Solel was Rabbi Langowitz’s installation, and from the very start we knew we loved the Temple Solel clergy. I knew this wasn’t a typical service, so we attended several times, experienced High Holy Days, and I knew that I had found the place where I belong. The people in the congregation and the clergy were all so welcoming and kind, and I instantly felt connected.
When the job of Engagement Specialist opened up, I applied right away. I knew that I wanted to help others find in Temple Solel the home, comfort, and connection that I felt. As the Engagement Specialist, my job is to strengthen connections and relationships and help each and every member find their place at Temple Solel. This means coordinating volunteer and lay leadership, creating and implementing new and revitalized programming, and growing our communications and social media presence so there are even more opportunities for all of us to get involved. I hold a Bachelor’s of Science in Strategic Communications and Leadership from the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas. My background is in programs and marketing.
Jewish tradition shows us many moments when our ancestors say “hineni”, I am here. I have found my way here, and hope to help all of us say “hineinu” we are here, building community together.