Elizabeth Keith has been a member of Temple Chai since 1999. She joined the synagogue when she moved to Phoenix after living in Nogales in Southern Arizona. She was born and raised in Nogales, Arizona and speaks Spanish fluently. She is a member of an Arizona Pioneer Jewish family. Her great-grandparents, Hyman and Dora Capin were founding members of the Stone Avenue Temple in Tucson, which was the first Synagogue in Arizona. Both of Elizabeth’s daughters were born in Nogales. She would drive over 150 miles roundtrip to take her young children to Hebrew School in Tucson. She was thrilled to join Temple Chai and find a new Religious School for her daughters that was 10 minutes from her home in Scottsdale!
Elizabeth is a Feldenkrais Practitioner®, a Bones for Life® Trainer, and a Tai Chi Movement Instructor. Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais was an Israeli physicist and engineer who invented a method of teaching people how to move and expand their possibilities as they explore new movement patterns. Elizabeth has been a Feldenkrais Practitioner for over 40 years. She has found that anyone-- young or old, physically challenged or physically fit-- can benefit from learning how to move better. She owns her own Movement Education Business in Scottsdale.
Elizabeth has years of experience working with Non-Profit organizations. She was the Administrative Director of United Way of Santa Cruz County, Arizona. She served for years as one of the first woman members of the Nogales Lions Club. She belonged to the Entrepreneurial Mothers Association in Phoenix. She was the Treasurer of the Southwest Region of the Feldenkrais Guild for 17 years and she presently serves on the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Movement Intelligence.
Elizabeth has been married to her husband Gordon for 37 years. Their daughters both attended Temple Chai Religious School and their granddaughter is presently enrolled at the Temple Chai Early Childhood Center.
Elizabeth is honored to serve on the Temple Chai Board of Directors. She is dedicated to assisting the Board as we continue to search for a new home and create a new Synagogue where all are welcome and all can participate to enrich their Jewish lives.