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RABBI DONNA MESITE-LEVY, RN, MS, CMC I was ordained at the Academy for Jewish Religion in 2007. Prior to my studies at AJR I received a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Management from Rensselaer PolyTech Institute at The Hartford Graduate Center, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Salve Regina University in Newport in 1982. Over the past 13 years, I have been active in Jewish Education at Temple Shalom in Naples, Florida while also officiating at many community lifecycle events. My love for seniors resulted in bringing my thirty eight years of nursing experience to the development of a dementia day program, and by working with Holocaust survivors at The Jewish Family and Community Service Center in Naples, Florida. RABBI DANIEL PRICE, MJEd A fter nearly two decades as a Rabbi, Educator, and Song Leader in Southwest Fairfield County, CT, I retired from Congregational life in 2018. I spend most of my time at my new found home, Tucson Arizona, where I am involved at Congregation Or Chadash. For the past five years I have led high Holy Day Services as Rabbi and Cantor on Block Island. I continue to play music while leading worship services, and over the years I have truly found my voice. My Tefillah Group R-DAF plays and leads services in congregations from Pennsylvania to Rhode Island. I also play and sing regularly in synagogues in Woodlands, Norwalk, Stamford, and Tucson. In retirement I also find myself playing with a Klezmer Band in Tucson, filling in in a Rock ‘n Roll band in NY, and singing in Gilbert and Sullivan performances every winter in NY and Westchester. HONOR ING THE MEHAD R IN CLASSES OF 1 9 9 3 –1 9 9 5 FOR 2 5 YEAR S OF SERVICE TO THE JEW ISH COMMUNITY Today, I provide pastoral care as a chaplain at Vitas Hospice while also volunteering as the Healthy Living Educator of the Alzheimers Association of Southwest Florida. Currently I reside in Florida with my husband Richard and our Shih-tzu Ava. 8 AJR 2020 AJR 2020 9