Meet the Chabad House Staff!


Rabbi.jpgRabbi Shaya Susskind
Executive Director, The Chabad House of Asheville

Rabbi Susskind was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He studied the Talmud, Chassidic and Jewish Philosophy, and The Code of Jewish Law at the Michigan Jewish Institute, and then proceeded to advance his studies at the Yeshivah Gedolah of Greater Miami. He received his Rabbinical ordination from the Central Chabad Rabbinical Court in Israel.

Prior to coming to Asheville, Rabbi Susskind spent the last ten years leading adult education programs, youth groups, student groups, synagogue services, holiday programs, and community outreach activities in places such as France, Ukraine, Israel, Canada, and across the United States. Rabbi Susskind spent much of his time visiting Torah Academies around the world, teaching, guiding, and lifting the spirit of countless students, many of whom seek his counsel and advice today.

Chana.jpg Chana Susskind
Director of Women’s and Children’s Programs

Growing up in the heart of Brooklyn, an open home to all was a natural way of life for Chana. After graduating with distinctions from Beth Rivkah High School, she received a Teacher’s Diploma in Education from the Beth Chana Seminary in Safed, Israel, a B.S. in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Thomas Edison State College, and an M.S. in Early Childhood Education from Touro College School of Education and Psychology, graduating each program with honors.

Prior to arriving in Asheville, Chana attracted invitations to communities and camps from Israel, to Denmark, to Sweden, and throughout the United States. Whether it be through adult education, youth programming, teen groups, summer and winter camps, or Shabbat and holiday programs, Chana's pleasant form of sharing the joys and the depth of Judaism gives her the ability to make everyone feel welcome and at home.

  Meet the Chabad Honorary Board

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  Meet the Chabad Advisory Board

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Sara Lavelle was born in South Carolina and grew up living in many different places as part of a corporate family.  

Having studied at the University of Oregon, she graduated from R-MWC with a degree in biology.  

Sara moved to Asheville with her husband Brian in 1966.  They raised their family in Asheville as she worked in the volunteer sector, catered,taught school, ran a school cafeteria, and owned a small business.  

Sara first became involved with Chabad with the first JLI class.  She is thankful for each day and for family and friends---and the blessings that each bring.

Photo Coming Soon.jpgScott Paly, Co-founder and CEO - Global Data Guard

Scott Paly has more than 25 years of executive management and sales experience in the Information Technology industry. He is currently the co-founder and CEO of Global DataGuard, a leading information security technology and service firm. Prior to Global DataGuard,  he founded RealTime Consulting and RealTime Staffing and was the President/CEO of the companies since their inception in early 1991. For five consecutive years, RealTime Consulting was listed in The Dallas 100, a list of the fastest-growing Dallas/Fort WorthMetroplex companies. Mr. Paly received a B.A. in Biology and Chemical Science from Florida State University. Mr. Paly and his family moved to Asheville in 1995.  In addition to Global DataGuard, he operates a small farm and pursues a variety of artistic and sports interests.

Lee Smith grew up in Cape Town South Africa, spent 10 years in Johannesburg South Africa before arriving in the United States where she has lived for the past decade. Originally located in  Fort Lauderdale, FL, moved  to Asheville  8 years ago  with her husband and two children.

Lee studied fashion design and practiced as a fashion designer for many years. She is actively involved in the Carolina Day School community, various local charitable initiatives and is devoted to raising her children Adam 13 and Ella 8.

 Meet the Chabad House Shul and School Staff

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Cantor; Hebrew Teacher, Chabad Hebrew School

Joe, or Yosi, was raised in Winston-Salem and Cherryville, NC, and came to the Asheville area for undergraduate school. Joe’s interests led him to complete a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy, M.A. in Near Eastern Studies, and Juris Doctorate. Despite traveling along the east coast for school and living in Israel for 3 years, the mountains of North Carolina always called him back. Joe taught as an adjunct professor in UNC Asheville’s departments of Classics and Humanities for 10 years, and today serves as a Magistrate Judge in the state’s 28th Judicial District. In his spare time, Joe enjoys singing, learning, walking, and swimming.

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  Marc L. Shimberg,

Gabai; Hebrew Teacher, Chabad Hebrew School

Marc grew up in Richmond, Virginia before receiving a B.A. from UNC Charlotte and an M.S. from the University of Denver. Today he is a proud single parent to two children. Over the past 30 years, he has worked in various judicial administrative positions at a variety of governmental levels. In fact, Marc’s current position with the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts brought him to Asheville, but the beauty of the mountains inspired him to stay. In addition to his involvement with the Chabad House, Marc enjoys hiking, music, theatre shows, exploring local restaurants, and participating in various sports. He has been a soccer official for the past 19 seasons.

Photo Coming Soon.jpgLara Hume

Chabad Hebrew School PTO President

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Chabad Hebrew School Fundraising Chair

Rhonda grew up in Mountain Dale, NY, in the Catskill Mountains. She attended Pennsylvania State University, and later the SUNY Buffalo School of Law. Rhonda lived in Florida for 13 years, servings as PTO President at American Heritage School in Delray Beach, FL, while she lived there. She moved to Asheville for the lifestyle, siting seasons that are not as harsh as the Northeast, and a slower, easier, and safer lifestyle than can be found in South Florida. Rhonda is currently a partner at Diamond, Kistner and Diamond, PA, the “Traffic Ticket Team” in Florida. She also owns Warm Fuzzies, a handmade and personalized accessories company, and Me Sew Silly, Clothing and Accessories.

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Music Teacher, Chabad Hebrew School

Naomi was fortunate to have a wide variety of experiences growing up. She was raised in a Zionist, academic household, and lived as a child in Tel Aviv and the Chicago area. Her higher educational experiences were just as diverse. She received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Williams College in Massachusetts, then completed a master’s degree in political science from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Today, Naomi works remotely as a developer of media and multimedia resources for publishing companies around the country. She became involved in CHS when her sons began taking classes, because she can play the guitar and knows lots of Israeli songs.

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Junior Assistant Teacher, Chabad Hebrew School

Tova was born in Spokane, Washington, but grew up calling Asheville home. Tova is currently in the National Junior Honor Society at school, and enjoys participating in chorus and soccer during the school year. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, cooking, and singing. Right now, she is looking forward to going to sleepaway camp this summer.

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Hebrew Teacher, Chabad Hebrew School

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Photo Coming Soon.jpgMarlene Pollack

Arts Assistant, Chabad Hebrew School

A native South Floridian, Marlene studied art at Florida State University and received awards for her work in the field of creative arts. From there, Marlene earned a designation as a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and operated a successful real estate business for 26 years, specializing in government and bank foreclosures. An avid volunteer, Marlene has donated in excess of 28,000 hours to the Hebrew Home and Hospital for the Aged at Douglas Gardens in Miami, serving as “Friday’s Art Teacher.” In 2006, Marlene followed her dreams to “live near mountains and grow a garden,” and moved to Asheville. As well as cultivating her garden, sharing good times with friends, basking in nature, and reading, Marlene enjoys time with her two dogs, Koko and Charlie.