830 West Moreland Blvd
Waukesha, WI 53188
262-547-7180
www.waukeshatemple.org
Staff
Cantor Deborah Martin - Spiritual Leader
Cantor Deborah Martin - Spiritual Leader

Cantor Deborah Martin grew up in New Jersey and began her musical training taking piano lessons, and then later, voice lessons. She trained classically and received a Bachelor's of Music with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Master's of Music from the Boston Conservatory of Music. She has performed in opera throughout the United States and did her debut as Rosina in the Barber of Seville with the Boston Symphony.

Cantor Martin attended the Hebrew Union College (HUC) School of Sacred Music's long distance program and studied with mentor Cantor Ron Eichaker (formerly of Temple Emanu-El in Milwaukee), took courses at UW Madison, and studied with Temple Educator Larry Kohn for five years. In 1997, she obtained her degree as a Certified Cantor from the School of Sacred Music at HUC. She served as cantor for 24 years at Temple Beth-El in Madison, Wisconsin, before joining Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha as its first woman Spiritual Leader.

As a clergy person, Cantor Martin is able to perform all of the duties that a Rabbi can perform, such as life- cycle events, marriages, Brit Milah, B'nai Mitzvah, funerals, etc. She is certified through the Prepare / Enrich pre-marital program and has done pre-marital counseling for many of the wedding couples for whom she has officiated. Cantor Martin helped develop the B'nai Mitzvah program and has tutored countless B'nai Mitzvah students, as well as, taught in the Hebrew School at Temple Beth El. She loves to help congregants of all ages find joy in their Jewish heritage and to be involved in many ways at temple, whether it is through going to services, classes, participating in the music, programs or social events. She also feels there is a strong need to reach out to the interfaith community to build understanding and friendships with people of all faiths.

Cantor Martin has two grown children and a granddaughter. Besides her passion for her family and her clergy work, Cantor Martin owns a horse and enjoys horseback riding in her free time.

Carrie Barbakoff - Education Director
Carrie Barbakoff - Education Director

Carrie Barbakoff is our Education Director. Ms. Barbakoff earned a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Iowa and an MA in Jewish Professional Studies from Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership in Chicago. She has taken coursework at DePaul University in Chicago; She'Arim College of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem; and the ifellows, iCenter of Northbrook, IL (concentration in Israel education). Her studies concentrated on curriculum development and Hebrew instruction.

Ms. Barbakoff's teaching experience includes instructing public school students at elementary levels; as a substitute at the Milwaukee Jewish Day School; and teaching in congregation religious schools in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas. She has also worked in the private sector, including for the Israel Ministry of Tourism.

Marie Loeffler - Temple Administrator
Marie Loeffler - Temple Administrator

Marie Loeffler is a published author whose poems have appeared in Blue Heron Review, the Lilliput Review, Third Wednesday, Verse Wisconsin, the 2017 Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Calendar, The Journal of a Musician, and Echoes Anthology. She has professionally reviewed poetry for Prick of the Spindle, Flutter Press, Portage Magazine, and Verse Wisconsin, and she has written freelance interviews, classical music reviews, and articles for Isthmus The Daily Page (Madison, WI). She has been a speaker and reader at the Southeast WI Festival of Books and the AllWriters' Summer Free Night for All. She is a current member of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, SCBWI, and AllWriters' Workplace and Workshop. She has an Honors BA in Humanities and Social Thought (Great Books curriculum) and is a few credits shy of a Graduate Violin Performance degree as a Chancellor's Fellow and music scholarship recipient at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. She has continued her music studies at Northwestern University. She runs her own business, Loeffler Private Tutoring, where she is a music, language, and b'nei mitzvah instructor. She also enjoys singing in and leading services at her congregation. She has taught Spanish, German, Hebrew, writing, and music in many places, most recently at the Duke University ADVANCE Program for Young Scholars, Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha, Carroll University, and the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha.