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  • 05/04/2014: 8th Grade Informational Meeting will be May 4th at 6:00 at Wise Center - This brief meeting will provide you with an overview of our program and provide a meet and greet with our Director, Rabbi David Burstein. Please RSVP to school.kulanu@gmail.com if you plan to attend. We hope to see you there!

Faculty

KULANU Staff

Rabbi David Burstein has been the Director of The Cincinnati Reform Jewish High School since 2003 and has been a guest lecturer in the Tri-State area on topics of Jewish Mysticism, War in Judaism, Jewish Meditation, Parenting, Issues of Adolescent Masculinity in the Classroom, Sports Psychology and Coaching, Sacred Drumming, and Prayer. He has presented at numerous youth programs and served on the faculty at the Para-Rabbinic Summer Program at HUC in Cincinnati since 2000.Rabbi Burstein has played the hand-drum and studied meditation for more than 15 years, holds two black belts in martial arts and is working on his third. His greatest joy comes from his wife Elizabeth and his three children Emma Rose, Coby Matan, and Nadia Bess.

 
 

Sheri Kroscher – Administrator is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Sheri lives in Mason, Ohio. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and traveling with her family.

 
 

KULANU Rabbis

Rabbi Sigma Faye Coran, Rockdale Temple, has served as the senior rabbi of K. K.Bene Israel/ Rockdale Temple since 2004. She has previously served Temple Emanuel in Worcester, Massachusetts and the Jewish Community of Williams College. Rabbi Coran is a graduate of Tufts University and was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1993. Rabbi Coran is married to Rabbi Matthew Kraus and they have four children.

 
 

Rabbi Sydney Henning was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Rabbi Sydney Henning graduated with honors from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Political Science and Journalism in 2003. Immediately after graduating, she spent three months in Israel studying at a Hebrew Ulpan in Haifa and enjoying her first experience in the Jewish homeland. After returning to the United States, she became professionally involved in national politics and, shortly thereafter, became a nationwide community organizer. In 2006, she decided that she would like to continue community organizing, but within a Jewish context.  She moved to New York in February of that year to become the Director of National Initiatives for Birthright Israel's Alumni Association, now known as Birthright Israel NEXT. She worked with unaffiliated young adults who were looking to deepen their connection to their Jewish roots. The experience she had with these young adults through Birthright Israel was priceless and eventually inspired her to apply to rabbinical school at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. During her time at HUC, Rabbi Henning interned at variety of synagogues and Jewish organizations across the United States, from Temple Shaaray Tefila in New York, to Congregation Albert in New Mexico and Hillel at UCLA in California. As a student, Rabbi Henning was the recipient of the coveted Schusterman Rabbinical Fellowship. Ordained in May of 2013, Rabbi Henning is excited to be joining the amazing community at Isaac M. Wise Temple as Assistant Rabbi.

 
 

Rabbi Lewis H. Kamrass is the Senior Rabbi of Isaac M. Wise Temple. He is a Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia in Sociology and Psychology, with a Master of Hebrew Letters and Rabbinic Ordination from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, as well as a D. D. degree (doctor of divinity, honoris causa). He has served for twenty-four years as Instructor in the Theology Department of Xavier University teaching undergraduates, and as adjunct faculty at Hebrew Union College teaching rabbinical students. And he has been a faculty member of Kulanu/Cincinnati Reform Jewish High School since its inception in 1983.

Rabbi Kamrass serves as a member of Board of Governors of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and as a member of Hebrew Union College's President's Rabbinic Council and Rabbinic Board of Alumni Overseers. He has been active as well in the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the international association of Reform Rabbis, having served on its Board of Trustees and Executive Committee. He has served on the CCAR's Youth Committee, Nominating Committee and Patrilineal Descent Task Force. He was honored to be selected as one of a dozen rabbis to compose the "Statement of Principles" adopted in 1999 as the Reform rabbinate's platform of beliefs, and to have been selected for the Siddur Editorial Committee of the CCAR, charged with preparing the prayer book for the Reform Movement, published in 2007, the CCAR Machzor (High Holy Day Prayer Book) Editorial Team, and the CCAR Publication Committee.

 
 

Rabbi Sandford Kopnick is the rabbi of the Valley Temple. He has served Valley since 2001. He is a member of the faculty of GUCI and serves on the camp board. He has taught workshops at the last 10 NFTY Conventions, and served as the NFTY-OV advisor when he was in rabbinic school.

 
 

Rabbi Rachel M. Maimin is an Assistant Rabbi of Isaac M. Wise Temple. She grew up in Lenox, Massachusetts as an active member of several congregations and as a teenage participant at Kutz Camp in Warwick, New York. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and French from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was involved in Hillel and served on the board of the Reform Jewish Community at Penn. While studying at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, she was active in student life, especially in the weekly Soup Kitchen, where she served as an educator for volunteer groups of students from local synagogues. As a rabbinical student, she served congregations in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Brampton, Ontario. She was the rabbinic intern at Woodlands Community Temple and at Congregation Kol Ami, both in White Plains, New York. Rabbi Maimin was also privileged to work as a Teaching Assistant to Dr. Eugene Borowitz, as a Rabbinic Intern for the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and as a Chaplaincy Intern at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She is honored to have spent three years as a Bonnie and Daniel Tisch Rabbinical Fellow, and was ordained in 2013.

 
 

Rabbi Miriam Terlinchamp joined Temple Sholom July 1st, 2010. Raised in Seattle, WA., she holds a B.A. in Studio Art and Religious Studies from Scripps College in Claremont, California and was ordained from HUC-JIR in Los Angeles, CA. Rabbi Terlinchamp finds joy and spiritual growth in visual art, social action and teaching.

 
 

Rabbi Karen Thomashow is currently associate rabbi at Isaac M. Wise Temple. Prior to moving to Cincinnati this past summer, Rabbi Thomashow was an assistant and then an associate rabbi of Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto, Canada. She is originally from Worcester, Massachusetts and attended college at Brandeis University, where she majored in Sociology and minored both in Social Policy and Near Eastern and Judaic studies. She earned her rabbinic ordination at Hebrew Union College (HUC) here in Cincinnati.Rabbi Thomashow has recently participated on the board of Camp George, the vision team of the URJ Campaign for Youth Engagement, ARZA Canada, and the Women's Rabbinic Network. She is passionate about teaching teens and is thrilled to join the faculty of Kulanu. Rabbi Thomashow is also the proud parent of a toddler daughter.

 
 

KULANU Faculty

Dana Benson is a fourth year rabbinical student at HUC – JIR. She graduated from Michigan State University in the spring of 2010, with a Bachelor in Arts in Communication. Dana grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. During her time at Michigan State Dana was involved with different caucuses focused on diversity issues. She also was a Resident Assistant in the dorms, an active member of the Michigan State University Hillel, as well as a main stage actress with the Michigan State Department of Theater. Dana enjoys theater, singing, playing ukulele, hiking, traveling, and Spartan football. She is excited to be working with Kulanu and feels blessed to learn from this amazing community.

 
 

Billy Bie is a native of Memphis, TN and a graduate of Tulane University, Billy moved to Cincinnati in 2001 with his wife, Stacey, and two sons, Mitch and Reed. Billy is a retired Air Force pilot and was stationed across the globe from South Korea to Saudi Arabia during his military career. He has been teaching Junior High at Wise Temple since 2002 and joined the KULANU faculty in 2007. I love having fun learning with my students on Sunday!

 
 

Michael Danziger is a 3rd year rabbinical student at HUC-JIR, originally from Memphis, TN.  He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, and has served as assistant director of URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp and  youth and family life director at Temple Israel of Memphis.  Michael, known to many as "Ziggy," is an Honorary Life Advisor of NFTY Southern, a songleader, and a professional stand-up comic.  He is a past winner of "Funniest Person in Memphis" and is the current, reigning "Funniest Jew in the Deep South."  Seriously.  There was a contest.

 
 

Nathan Farb is a fourth-year Rabbinical student at HUC-JIR. He grew up in colorful Colorado, at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. He graduated from the University of Colorado in Denver, and later began working in Boulder's Reform Congregation, Har HaShem. He loves media, art, and technology, as well as the Jewish expression of Ultimate Truth. He has taught for two years in Cincinnati's Jewish community, and is excited for the opportunity to join the ranks of Kulanu!

 
 

Scott Goldberg came to education a bit late in life.  I started off my career in banking and soon decided I would rather teach people than work in a sales oriented field.
I started off my Jewish education career working for Rabbi David Burstein at Temple Beth Or in Dayton teaching Jewish History, then switched to creating a curriculum based on the movies "The Human Experience"  and "Praying With Leor".  I started off at Kulanu last year as a volunteer substitute working with the 9th and 11th grade classes.When I am not teaching, I work with the Jewish Youth in Dayton as the advisor for the male BBYO chapter here. I also paint and play various board games as hobbies.  I am looking forward to an excellent year with Kulanu again working with the seminar classes.

 
 

Tina Hughes is a 4th year Rabbinical Student at HUC. Her passion in the rabbinate is bringing Judaism into every day life through awareness and throug integration of the "religious" and "secular", and plans to never let go of her love for swimming an triathlons. She grew up in Manchester, Connecticut and then moved to NYC where she completed a BA in Bible at JTS and a BA in psychology at Columbia (and it's only over-achieving because she swam for Columbia while attending 2-colleges). Having never been to summer camps as a child, Tina re-lived her childhood at 6 Points Sports Academy (the first ever Jewish sports camp), most recentlly as the t'filah coodinator and swim coach. Tina is excited to begin teaching at Kulanu this year and becoming a part of the Kulanu community.

 
 

Jared Kamrass is a native Cincinnatian who grew up at Wise Temple where his father, Lewis, is the Senior Rabbi. He has always felt a strong connection with his faith and his community. A graduate of Sycamore High School and The Ohio State University, Jared is a Cincinnati-based political consultant.

 
 

Ordained in the summer of 2013, Rabbi Jon Kleinman is an enthusiastic rabbi serving Cincinnati’s Jewish community.  Prior to ordination, Jon served congregations in Louisiana, Illinois, and Kentucky as well as a chaplain at Jewish Hospital.  Jon is a proud product of Goldman Union Camp spending seven summers there as a camper and five as a staff member.  Jon seeks to create positive Jewish experiences with those he works with in order to help them create and refine a personally meaningful Jewish identity. 

 
 

Chris Kraus is Temple Sholom's Director of Lifelong Learning, and returning Kulanu instructor. He taught Sunday School at Wise Temple for 21 years, directed teen leadership programs in public health for Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Cincinnati Public Schools, and has a part-time private law practice. Chris received his BA in Psychology from Bowdoin College, Masters in Theological Studies from The Harvard Divinity School, and JD from Chase College of Law, Evening Division, NKU. "Learning with and from Kulanu students and faculty is a life-affirming privilege. The Jewish faith is in good hands with our Kulanu community."

 
 

Alex Kress is probably the only rabbinical student you know who is also a DJ.  Born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Alex was a regular All-Star of the Junior Jewish Basketball League.  He spent the important two months of the year at Camp Harlam where he was inspired to pursue the rabbinate.  He is a foodie, a coffee aficionado and devastated that Google killed Google Reader.  He finds newspapers and vinyl romantic.  He loves Michael Chabon, Stand Up Comedy, A Tribe Called Quest and his 2006 Black Honda Odyssey.  For more info, follow @AlexKress or check out www.alexkress.com.

 
 

M. Lori Reidel is past president of the Kulanu Board and a lifelong member of K.K. Bene Israel/Rockdale Temple. Lori defines yoga as loving niceness for your body, yourself, and those with whom you come in contact. Her yoga and meditation practices includes being mindful of the body and breathing, the philosophy of body and mind control, the study of nonviolence, compassion and the spreading of goodness. Lori is married to the writer James Reidel. Their three sons are all graduates from Kulanu. She looks forward to sharing with those who wish to experience a spiritual connection to Judaism through the practice of yoga and meditation.

 
 

Max Reidel, a recent graduate of University of Cincinnati and a Kulanu alumni, has lived in Cincinnati most of his life despite being New York City, New York born. Max is currently working toward certification in Yoga teacher training. He sees yoga as an outlet for inner expression, self discovery and physical wellness. The spiritual connection between Judaism & yoga opens the door to your inner roots and Jewish history. Max looks forward to his contribution to Jewish education.

 
 

Rachel Rothstein took one photography class her sophomore year of high school and ever since, her camera has been her diary and documenting life's journeys one click at at a time has been her release. "This is what I love and this is what I hope to share with the students of Kulanu!" As a graduate of Wyoming High School (class of '06) and Miami University (class of '10), she feels lucky to be able to teach at Kulanu and help teens hone their photography skills while also telling the stories of their personal spiritual and religious journeys. Rachel is currently back in school studying to become a Sign Language Interpreter which she hopes to one day combine with a Masters in School Counseling.

 
 

Chaverim

Before coming to Cincinnati, Oren was President of the National Board of the Maccabi-Tzair movement in Israel.  (It is connected to the International Maccabiah organization.)  He also led counselors in Maccabi Tzair.  Oren is passionate about all sports – except for American baseball!!  For three years, Oren has a black belt in karate and was the number one Karate champion of his age group in the entire State of Israel.

 
 

Hadas has had nine years of training in the Israeli scouts (Tzofim).  She has developed and led programming for special needs children in the scouting movement and in her last year in Israel she was in charge of all the counselors for younger children.   When Hadas returns to Israel, she intends to hike Israel’s National Trail which stretches from the northernmost point of Israel all the way to the most southern point. Hadas will then serve in a combat unit in the IDF.

 
 

 

 
 

Monthly Quote

“What really matters is that we care about the people we seek to engage. When we genuinely care about people, we will not only welcome them; we will listen to their stories, we will share ours, and we will join together to build a Jewish community that enriches our lives.”

- Dr Ron Wolfson