About us

Shir Ami has developed as warm, welcoming congregation - a place to go for support, friendship, celebration and solace. Shir Ami is special because its people have a sense of ownership in the congregation.  Volunteers and lay leader continue to share the responsibilities of building a spiritual home, a community—a synagogue. 

In 2008, Cantor Marie Betcher, ACC, was installed as Clergy and Spiritual Leader of Congregation Shir Ami.  Cantor Betcher, a Certified and Invested Cantor, HUC-JIR-SSM, has an extensive religious and musical background. She is a member of the American Conference of Cantors and is on the American Conference of Cantors Executive Board, Chair of the ACC Caring Committee and a member of the ACC Budget Committee. She sits on the Board of the Austin Interfaith Arts and Music Festival and does extensive interfaith work in Austin and surrounding areas. She is the Director for the Dell Tones Senior Choir, sponsored by the Jewish Community Association of Austin. 

Shir Ami Executive Board 2010-2011

President, Allen Kaplan
Senior VP, Dr. Ron Kopita
Religious School VP, Beth Rogalski
Education VP, Joanna Bitner
Membership VP & Treasurer, Alysa Gisser
Secretary, Alex Lewis
Immediate Past President, Jodie Billings


Stephen Bouzaglo
Steve Gold
Harris Newman
Jonathan Harris

Rabbi Marie Betcher has finished her studies at the Rabbinical Academy (Mesifta Adas Wolkowisk), NY
Join us for the Rabbi's Installation as Congregation Shir Ami's first Rabbi
Williamson County's First Congregational Rabbi
November 4, 2011 at Shabbat Services
Oneg Shabbat given in the Rabbi's honor by the Congregation Shir Ami Board

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