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Rabbi David Spey

Temple Bat Yam welcomed Rabbi David A. Spey in July 2010, bringing a wealth of new experiences and insights to the Temple’s vibrant congregation.  Prior to joining the Bat Yam family, Rabbi Spey served seven years on the bima of Temple Beth Ami in Rockville, Md.  His previous experience includes serving as a rabbinic intern for Central Synagogue in New York City; at Temple Emanuel in Worcester, Mass.; and at Temple Beth Tikva in Wayne, N.J.

Rabbi Spey has taught and advised synagogue youth groups in a variety of synagogues in the New York metropolitan area. He was a staff member of the Joint Commission on Social Action at the Union of American Hebrew Congregations in New York City, served as a chaplain at the Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale in the Bronx, and a rabbinic resident at the Community Synagogue in Rye, N.Y.  He also was a member of the Mid-Atlantic Council of the Union for Reform Judaism, Camp Harlam Advisory Group and the Washington Board of Rabbis.

Rabbi Spey received his rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City in 2003 and his undergraduate degree in Religion from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. in 1989.  During the hiatus in his studies, he explored careers in architecture, sailing and medical research.

Rabbi Spey, his wife Dara and their children Quin (Quintin) and Ani (Eliana), are happy to be part of Temple Bat Yam’s vibrant community and make Fort Lauderdale their home.

Cantor Eric Lindenbaum

Eric Lindenbaum was born and raised in Miami, Florida. He was a graduate of Southwest Miami Senior High and Studied Music and Performance at Miami Dade Community College.

He then left for New York City to study Cantorial Music at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion School of Sacred Music for four years. He took a year off during the middle of those studies to go to study Jewish music, history and Sociology in Jerusalem.

He returned to complete his four years at HUC-JIR and also began teaching afternoon Religious school classes, in area Synagogues, in Long Island, Westchester County and Northern New Jersey.

He taught classes in Jewish history (ancient and modern) , Jewish thought , Holocaust, and began to get involved in Jewish Youth through the New York Regions of NFTY (the Reform Movement) and USY (The Conservative Movement).

In 1981 he began his studies in Hazzanut at The Jewish Theological Seminary of America. While there he also expanded his course work into the ares of Jewish Education, Youth, and Pastoral Counseling (in particular working with terminally ill patients and their families, using the guitar as tool to initiate conversations, as well as bereavement counseling).

His practical work in this area was done at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx and The Sloan-Kettering Institute in Manhattan.

He also began his Song-Leading career with NFTY (the Reform movement youth organization) working conventions throughout the Tri-State area. Hazzan began song-leading for the NaNegev Region of USY as well as METNY Region (Metropolitan New York) USY working his way up to song-leading and educating on the International Level. His career with USY spanned some 20 years song-leading and teaching at LTIs (Leadership Training Institute) at Camps Barney Medintz, Blue Star, Ramah Darom and several International Conventions.

Hazzan had several student Pulpits in the Tri-State area where he had the opportunity to hone his Bar-Bat Mitzvah Training, teaching, and Youth work skills and then graduated in 1984 from JTS.

His first Pulpit was in Orlando, Florida for two years. He moved to the Kansas City, Missouri area for one year before coming to Beth Ahm Congregation in 1987 soon to become Beth Ahm Israel in Cooper City. There he met his future wife, Marla, a teacher in the BAI Religious school and they were married in June of 1999 and were blessed with the birth of twins Joseph Ezra and Adina Yael in January of 2002.

Temple Bat Yam Board of Trustees 2019-2020


President:  Arnold Pittler
First Vice President: Melissa Comras
Vice President/General Counsel: Carey Fischer
Secretary:  Terri Voss
Treasurer:  Hank Cairo


Ed Boreth
Ed Coopersmith
Judy Czerenda
Lisa Dodero
Marc Egort
Kathalyn Feuer-Haimo
Leslie Maister
Sheba Munn Thompson
Lyn Saberg
David Simon
Ashley Solomon
Sean Thompson
Len Weiselberg
Immediate Past President:
Jerry Baer
Religious School Trustee:
Jaime Johnson




Cantor Wendy Autenrieth, D.M., Cantor Emerita

Cantor Wendy Autenrieth brings music to Temple Bat Yam everyday, from her impressive Cantorial leadership at services and observances to her guidance of the Temple’s choir and intergenerational band, Dor L’Dor, and as an educator at the religious school.

Cantor Wendy, as she affectionately is called by many Congregants, brings diverse music organizations to the Temple, such as Jewish college a capella groups, the Florida Youth Orchestra and other talented performers. She annually spearheads the Temple’s Empty Bowls Dinner benefiting the Cooperative Feeding Program and also volunteers monthly as a food delivery driver for the organization. Her community involvement includes visiting residents at Willow- wood Retirement Community, helping to lead an Interfaith Thanksgiving service and participating in the Broward County AIDS Seder.

Cantor Autenrieth graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, majoring in music therapy. In 1987 she received a Masters Degree in sacred music from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion School of Sacred Music in New York. She is a member of the American Conference of Cantors has served on its board of directors. Prior to joining TBY in 2001 she served congregations in Worcester, Mass., and New Orleans, La.

Cantor Autenrieth and her husband Bruce have been married for 36 years and have two children and three grandchildren. They look forward to welcoming their fourth grandchild this year.

Rabbi Lewis Littman z"l, Rabbi Emeritus

Rabbi Lewis C. Littman joined Temple Bat Yam in 1986. A superb teacher and spiritual leader, Rabbi Littman’s perspective on Judaism reflects his strong commitment to Tikkun Olam, or Repairing the World. In addition, his love of Jewish music and theater is reflected in the central role music plays in Temple services, observances and events.

The National Conference for Community and Justice recognized Rabbi Littman’s work on behalf of the Jewish community and the community-at-large with the 2002 “Silver Medallion Award” for community service. Rabbi Littman currently chairs the Community Relations Council of Imperial Point Hospital, and has served on the Board of the “Missions of Mercy” at nearby Holy Cross Hospital.

Over the years, he has served as president of the Broward Board of Rabbis; Chairman of the Clergy Dialogue Group of the National Conference on Community and Justice (NCCJ); and on regional boards of directors of Seafarer’s House, the Anti-Defamation League, the Central Agency for Jewish Education and the Jewish Federation.

A native of Trenton, N.J., Rabbi Littman graduated from Rutgers University and then earned a Master of Arts degree. He was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in New York in 1967. Following ordination, he served congregations in Denver, Colo.; Erie, Pa.; and Rockville Centre, N.Y. From 1982 through 1986 he was Director of the Southeast Council of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, based in Miami.

In 1992 the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion awarded Rabbi Littman the degree of Doctor of Divinity in recognition of 25 years of service in the rabbinate.

Rabbi Littman and his wife, Dr. Marlyn Kemper Littman, a professor at Nova Southeastern University, are the parents of six children and five grandchildren.

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