Meet our team

The TBT team works tirelessly to provide meaningful experiences for all who interact with TBT and the TBT family. We look forward to meeting you soon!

Senior Rabbi
Rabbi Nico Socolovsky

Rabbi Nico Socolovsky came to Temple Beth Tikvah in 2015. Nico grew up in Buenos Aires and made Aliyah (immigrated to Israel) in 2002. Over the years he has worked in many different social frameworks, with teenagers, immigrants, ex-prisoners, underprivileged families, and others.

Rabbi Nico Socolovsky came to Temple Beth Tikvah in 2015. Nico grew up in Buenos Aires and made Aliyah (immigrated to Israel) in 2002. Over the years he has worked in many different social frameworks, with teenagers, immigrants, ex-prisoners, underprivileged families, and others.

In 2010 Nico initiated the Shchuniya, home for Jewish renaissance in Haifa. He also worked for RHR – Rabbis for Human Rights, directing the Center Economical for Rights in Hadera, Israel.

Nico graduated from Haifa University with his BA in Education and Jewish Thought and an MA in Jewish Thought – concentrating on Religions’ Sciences – at the Haifa University. Following his studies in the Israeli Rabbinical program of the HUC, both in Israel and in New York, in 2013 Nico was ordained as Rabbi in Jerusalem.

Nico came to California after spending two years in Singapore, where he offered rabbinical accompaniment and services within Singapore and in its surroundings, as well as works on his own scholastic and musical projects.

Rabbi Nico is deeply committed to the search of deep and relevant Judaism. He often explains that each one of us, out of his own position, seeks a life with meaning, with layers of depth and sacredness. Judaism deals with making meaning available, it provides us with sort of “binoculars” through which we can look at the world and experience these layers.

Regrettably, this opportunity sometimes gets missed through the struggle between here and there. There is a mistaken assumption that in order to experience or to participate one should change his world conceptions, leave his own “here” and adopt somebody else’s.

But you seek from there! Here and there are relative to each other, and it is wrong to assume that we should all be at the same position in order to experience meaning. Understanding the there, seeking and asking from there, is the key to relevant Judaism.

Your “here”, perhaps my “there”, is not wrong, it is yours and from there it is possible to experience, to deepen, to be moved, one should only ask. “But if you seek the Lord your God from there, you will find Him” (Deut. 4:29).

Rabbi Nico lives with his wife Noga, children Amitai, Nitzan and Guilad and their dog Sancho.

Gabrielle Newman is an alumnus of the School of Music at California State University Fullerton, where she studied Voice and Music Education. While attending, she performed with the Women’s Choir under the direction of Dr. Robert Istad, and in Concert Choir under the direction of Dr. Christopher Peterson. Currently, she performs with the Orange County Women’s Chorus under the direction of Eliza Rubenstein. Music has always been an integral part of Gabrielle’s life, and she wishes to become a Cantor to continue educating and leading through music.

Cantorial Fellow Gabrielle Newman
Rabbinical Fellow
Daniel Levine

Rabbi Daniel Levine is a local southern California native. He grew up in San Diego before attending school at UCLA. Graduating with a duel Bachelor’s degree in Jewish Studies and Cognitive Science – Daniel then went on to YPS rabbinical school, living in Israel for two years along the way. During the last year of rabbinical school Daniel also completed his Master’s in Jewish history (from UCLA). Along with serving as the rabbinical fellow at TBT, Rabbi Daniel is the Campus Rabbi for Hillel in Orange County. 

In the last three years since graduating, Rabbi Daniel has lived in Orange County serving the community in a variety of ways. He has taught Jewish studies in the local Tarbut V’Torah High School and is a writer for the Orange County Jewish Life Magazine. Daniel’s mission is to help show people the relevance, beauty, and value within Jewish history and tradition. When not excitedly talking about Talmud, Jewish history, or Israel you can find Daniel somewhere outside rock climbing.

Rachel was introduced to the TBT community when she became a Preschool Teacher at the Early Childhood Learning Center in July 2015. She later became TBT’s Community Organizer in the summer of 2019 and constantly works to engage all members of the TBT family, as well as Jews in all of north Orange County.  Rachel is passionate about creating community among the congregants, families, teachers, and children with whom she interacts and works closely with Rabbi Nico to provide positive experiences for all who wish access to TBT and it’s programs, classes and volunteer opportunities.

Community Organizer
Rachel White
Operations Assistant
Lindsey Eskow

Lindsey Eskow has been an active member in the southern California Jewish community since her Bat Mitzvah. While a student at UC Irvine, Lindsey worked part-time at the Jewish Federation of Orange County and taught Hebrew/Judaica at an Orange County synagogue as a religious school teacher for 4th-6th grade students. Lindsey later became the synagogue’s Director of Youth Engagement, coordinating the high school program, madrichim program, and temple youth group events. She currently is in graduate school at CSU Fullerton studying to get her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. She hopes to use her degree to work clinically with survivors of trauma and individuals with minority identities. She enjoys fostering connections within the Jewish community, talking about Jewish identity, and enriching her own Jewish learning. 

Youth Director
Itai Armory
ECLC Director
Natalie Wirtzer

Natalie has been a part of this amazing school for 13 years. She was honored to take over the position of director when her mentor and good friend Karin Cook retired. Like Karen, Natalie could not give up interacting with the children in the classroom, and co teaches the 2’s & 3’s. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education, and is a certified Baby Signs instructor. She feels privileged to play such an important role in the lives of our children and their families and cherishes the friendships she has made over the years here. All three of her children attended ECLC and it has become her second home.

Accounting Clerk
Claudia Ureno