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Kulanu 2016-17 is almost here!

Classes begin on Sunday, September 11th
5:30 - 7:10 p.m. at Wise Temple

Online registration will begin on Monday, August 29th.

October 14-16, 2016

APRIL 19 - MAY 3, 2017



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.



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 Michael Danziger is the new assistant rabbi at Wise Temple. He was ordained from HUC-JIR this past spring. While in rabbinical school, Michael interned at Temple Sholom and with HUC's national office of recruitment and admissions. He has taught at Valley Temple and Rockdale Temple, and at Kulanu for three years, offering electives in Jewish Comedy, comparative religion, and ethical decision-making. He went to the University of Texas at Austin and still loves the Longhorns, and is an award-winning stand-up comic.


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 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

Keith Belden is beginning his second and final year of a Masters in Judaic Studies program at HUC-JIR, Cincinnati. Born in Fort Ord, California, Keith grew up in California, his family following road and dam construction projects. Keith served in the US Marine Corps in the mid-70’s, finishing his enlistment as a sergeant. He graduated from California State University, Chico with a BS in Civil Engineering and had a 35-year career as a civil engineer and land surveyor. He met his wife-to-be, Deborah, at work and after a period of time they began dating and Keith married his “work wife” in 1986. Keith and Deborah raised their family in Montana. Keith came to education late in life, teaching in their synagogue in Tempe, AZ. One day the Education Director at Temple Emanuel tapped Keith on the shoulder and asked him to teach 5th and 6th Grade Torah study. Keith was terrified and intrigued with the idea but found that he had a passion for working with the synagogue youth. This expanded into teaching 7th Grade religious studies in a team environment. Keith taught Torah study, tied to life-cycle events. Keith has also been active in adult education activities and temple life which provided the motivation to attend HUC. Upon retirement and encouragement from his wife, Deborah, they relocated to Cincinnati so that Keith could further his Jewish learning at HUC. He is looking forward to learning from faculty and students this coming year!


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.


Andy Harkavy is excited to return to the Buckeye State and to serve as the Regional Director of Youth Engagement for NFTY-OV and Cincinnati Youth Engagement Advisor. Andy was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Andy received his B.A. at the University of Georgia and his Master of Arts in Jewish Communal Service from the Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson University. He has vast experience in youth engagement and Jewish education. Among his many roles in teen engagement over the years, Andy served as the Steinhardt Jewish Campus Service Corps Fellow at Ohio State Hillel, as a Unit Head at URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp, and as the Director of Youth Engagement at Temple Beth El in Charlotte, North Carolina where he exponentially increased participation and brought the program national recognition. Andy most recently served as the Director of BEIT-RJ, the post B’nai Mitzvah education program for the Reform Jewish community in Baltimore (modeled after Kulanu). In this role, Andy has worked in partnership with the four Baltimore Reform congregations to implement new engagement and education initiatives to enhance meaningful Jewish experiences for teens.

Andy has a passion and love for camp and has served as faculty at URJ Camp Coleman, URJ Kutz Camp, and URJ 6 Points Sports Academy. He is thrilled to be able to work with the teens and faculty at URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI). 

He is an avid sports fanatic always supporting any University of Georgia team as well as all of his Atlanta teams. Andy and his new wife Megan moved to Cincinnati and they are excited to be a part of the Cincinatti Jewish community.


Megan Harkavy recently moved to Cincinnati with her husband Andy and she looks forward to a new adventure and chapter in her life. She is born and bred in Baltimore, Maryland and is a die-hard Ravens fan! She received a Master in Social Work and a Master of Arts in Jewish Communal Service. She spent 5 years serving as the Baltimore Diller Teen Fellows Coordinator where she facilitated a 15-month in leadership, community service, Jewish identity, and Israel that culminated with a 3-week Israel trip. She also served as the Director of Leadership and Engagement for Art with a Heart where she created and launched a new teen leadership program that brought together underprivileged and privileged teens to learn about all of the different issues that face the Baltimore community.


Sara Otero is a fourth year rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College. She came to Judaism in the Cincinnati community as a high schooler at Walnut Hills High School. While at Walnut, she became heavily involved in the Gay-Straight Alliance and helped organize The Day of Silence on campus and theater fundraisers for the group. She continued creating safe, queer spaces while she studied music and southeast Asian religion at Elizabethtown College and expanded her activist efforts to all of Multicultural Affairs. After college, Sara worked with a midwifery practice and was a cantorial soloist after college, where she learned to put her music and mindfulness skills to use. Sara is a mom to the three cutest kids ever, an unabashed sticky note user, an LGBTQ activist, and a bit of a news junkie on anything having to do with Israel, Hinduism, or feminism.


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.


Bailey Romano is a current 3rd year rabbinical student at HUC-JIR who might have a slight obsession with school, coffee, and squirrels. Bailey grew up outside of New Orleans, Louisiana, and attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, where she received her BA in Religious Studies in 2012. She then did a crazy thing and moved to Cincinnati, where she started teaching 5th grade at Wise Temple with some pretty crazy, awesome kids. While in Cincinnati, she received her Masters from HUC-JIR in American Jewish history in 2014. Right after graduation, she headed to Israel for her first year of rabbinical school where she made friends with lots of Israelis who also so happen to be formerly Russian, and own coffee shops. Bailey is the student Rabbi at Congregation Oheb Shalom in Sandusky, Ohio and she still hasn't been to Cedar Point. She served as a Jewish Foundation Fellow at Isaac M. Wise Temple teaching 6th Grade where her laugh was all the rage. This summer she served as the rabbinic intern at Rockdale Temple, where she created a spiral curriculum for the High Holy Days and Holiday Experiences for each grade. Bailey is very passionate about Jewish education and cultivating Jewish learning through joy, play, and in depth study. She couldn't be more excited to teach at Kulanu this year, to work with the amazing faculty, and to learn with some of her very first students who are now high schoolers!


Rachel Rothstein is the Communications Manager at ArtWorks, a local nonprofit that transforms people and places through investments in creativity. You've probably seen ArtWorks murals around town! In her spare time, Rachel is a freelance photographer and loves to capture genuine moments of happiness with her camera. This is her fourth year teaching at Kulanu and she is really excited to see the 9th graders that she taught in 2013 graduate this year! Rachel graduated from Miami University in 2010 with a BA in Comparative Religion and minor in Anthropology. She was born and raised in Cincinnati.


Simone Schicker is a fourth year rabbinical student at HUC-JIR. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Simone went to college in Birmingham, Alabama before moving to Greensboro, North Carolina to work in the only International Jewish College-Prep Boarding School. While in college she studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa and Oxford, England.  Active in NFTY-TOR throughout high school, Simone also worked at CYJ-Texas and Greene Family Camp. In college, Simone was active in the Gay/Straight Alliance, Interfaith Group, and as a Resident Advisor for both American and International students. She made a documentary about women rabbis, and wrote her thesis on the first English prayer book of the Reformation. Her favorite hobby is to read, and is always looking for new recommendations. She is a Ravenclaw and a Horned Serpent. Her guilty pleasure are movies with fast cars.


Yair Walton is a second-year student at HUC and a Cincinnati native who loves cooking and the outdoors.  Prior to HUC he worked with March of The Living in Boca Raton/ Miami and Ramah in California as well as The American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro NC. He has traveled extensively all over the world . Last year he worked in Ukraine leading seders for smaller Jewish communities. Yair is excited about teaching using stories and songs and experiences.He looks forward to learning with all the students and faculty this year.



Monthly Quote

"Jewish spirituality is an approach to life in which we strive to become aware of God's presence and purpose in everything."

-Rabbi Micah Greenstein