Our Staff

Joshua Wease, President
Joshua was elected to a two year term as president in May 2016.  He will serve through June 2018.  Joshua is tax law professor and director of a low-income tax clinic at Michigan State University College of Law.  He has practiced tax law for twelve years.  His wife, Ellen, teaches 5th and 6th grade in the United Jewish Schools.  He enjoys beekeeping, home brewing, and golf.
Michael A. Schadick, Rabbi
Michael Schadick has been the rabbi of Temple Emanuel since July 2000. He received his ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in the spring of 1994. Before coming to Grand Rapids he served congregations in Orlando, Florida and in Plantation, Florida. Read more about Rabbi Schadick.
Dr. Albert M. Lewis, Rabbi Emeritus
Our Rabbi Emeritus, Albert Micah Lewis, was ordained at HUC-JIR in 1969. Rabbi Lewis earned his Doctorate in Hebrew Literature in 1978 and has been awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree by HUC-JIR (1994) and a Doctorate of Literary Letters by Aquinas College. He is a nationally recognized writer and speaker. Dr. Lewis continues to teach and counsel the families of Congregation Emanuel.  Read more about Rabbi Lewis.
Pam Rush, Music Director/Vocal Soloist & UJS School Administrator
Pam Rush grew up in Memphis, TN and graduated from Christian Brothers University with a degree in Business Administration.  A member of the Grand Rapids community and Temple Emanuel since 1989, she has taught music at the Temple religious school since 1995, private piano instruction for over 25 years and is currently music director for Temple Emanuel and the school director for the United Jewish School. Pam and her husband, Jeff, they have two daughters, Samantha and Alex.  In her spare time Pam enjoys tennis, golf and playing in her band “TOO”.
Phil Pletcher, Accompanist

Ted Engstrom, Custodian

Cathrin Finney, Program Manager
Cathrin comes to Temple Emanuel from many years of working as a Stage Manager and Producer in regional theater, opera and ballet in the US and Canada.  From time to time she can still be found working backstage for some local arts organizations.  Cathrin has a BA in Theater and Drama and a BA in English Literature, both from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  She is married to a lovely man named Jim and enjoys having many nieces and nephews who live nearby.

Sarah Clymer, Administrative Assistant
After years of working in journalism, Sarah has returned to school and is pursuing a degree in social work from Grand Valley State University.