Staff Directory

Rabbi Brad Bloom
Brad Bloom - Rabbi

Denise Fitzgerald


Denise Fitzgerald - Acting Director
of Jewish Youth Education

David Kimbell
David Kimbell - Music Director/Accompanist

Michele Johnson 1
Michele Johnson - Administrative Assistant

 Ceil Treiss
Ceil Treiss - Administrative Assistant

Dianne Lindquist - Bookkeeper

Adriana Urato
Adriana Urato - Soloist

 Tom Tiehel
Tom Tiehel - Accompanist

 Daniel Geigerman
Daniel Geigerman - Student Cantor

About Rabbi Bloom

Rabbi Brad Bloom became our full-time spiritual leader on July 1, 2009.

Rabbi Bloom was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati in 1984, where he earned a Masters of Arts in Hebrew Letters. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin where he received a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1977. In 1979, he was awarded a Masters of Social Work from the University of Maryland. Rabbi Bloom received a Doctor of Divinity from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in June 2009.

Rabbi Bloom has 27 years of rabbinic experience having served in synagogures across the country--from Florida to California to the Midwest and Deep South, and now here in Hilton Head. Prior to his appointment at Congregation Beth Yam, he was the Senior Rabbi at Temple Shalom in Naples, Florida for 2 years. From 1995 to 2006, he was the Senior Rabbi at Congregation B'nai Israel, Sacramento, California. Since 1984, Rabbi Bloom has served as Rabbinic Advisor/Faculty Educator at various Jewish Summer Camps -- Camp Swig, Ca.; Camp Newman, Ca; Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute, Wisconsin; and Camp Coleman, Georgia.

In Hilton Head, he plans to pursue policies he has followed elsewhere in terms of representing the local Jewish community, and supporting and expanding the synagogue's adult education activities -- both in addition to his main job of providing spiritual leadership to Congregation Beth Yam and remaining accessible to all congregants.

Our new Rabbi likes to challenge himself by writing poetry and playing the flute, and he looks forward to an active life on Hilton Head -- golfing, playing tennis, and biking. Rabbi Bloom's wife, Linda, has created and taught Judaic art, and served for 12 years as administrator for Art in Public Places in Sacramento, CA. The Bloom's have a daughter attending college.

We hope that you will join us for Shabbat services and meet Rabbi Bloom.

To contact Rabbi Bloom, send an e-mail to or call the office at 843-689-2178.