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Faculty

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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.

 
 

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 fifth 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!

 
 

Drew Brown is originally from Kansas City Missouri, his family moved to Cincinnati when he was ten years old. He attended Camp Livingston his first summer in Cincinnati which is where he met his future wife, Debbie. After graduating from Walnut Hills High School Drew served in the Army for five years, including two tours of duty in Central America. Drew is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and received his masters degree in Organizational Leadership from The College of Mount Saint Joseph. Drew began his work in social service agencies helping at-risk families at Hamilton County's Department of Job and Family Services, he has also managed a suicide and crisis prevention hotline, a homeless shelter for veterans and he is currently a Director in the Community Care service line at Talbert House.  Drew is a self-proclaimed "Foodie" who enjoys planning, preparing and hosting food events. Drew has a one year old daughter, Nina, who keeps him very busy. In his spare time Drew plays second base and outfield in the JCC's men's softball league and studies Krav Maga (Israeli mixed martial arts) several times a week.

 
 

Michael Danziger is a fourth 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.

 
 

Sara Eiser is a second 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.

 
 

Nathan Farb is a fifth 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 three years in Cincinnati's Jewish community, and is excited for the opportunity to join the ranks of Kulanu!

 
 

Yonatan Greenberg was born and raised in Athens, Greece.  He attended Hunter College, CUNY and Empire State College, SUNY from where he graduated with honors with a degree in Jewish Studies and International Relations. While at Hunter, Yonatan was the founder of the pro- Israel student club.  After college, he studied at the University of Cambridge toward a M.St. degree in Jewish-Christian Relations from the Department of Divinity.  He also studied in Orthodox Yeshivot in Israel for four years, where he received a Hasmachat L'Rabbanut (Rabbinic Ordination).  He served in the Greek Special Forces as a drill sergeant, as well as in the Israel Defense Forces.  He worked for almost 8 years as an Israeli Aviation Security Officer stationed in Athens, Greece.

Yonatan is  a certified personal trainer, first aid provider, and scuba diving divemaster.  Yonatan is passionate about sports, especially soccer and basketball, and also trained in Muay Thai for a few years in both Greece and in Thailand.

 
 

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 Sobo is a fourth year Rabbinical Student at HUC. Her passion in the rabbinate is bringing Judaism into every day life through awareness and through integration of the "religious" and "secular," and plans to never let go of her love for swimming and 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-lives her childhood at 6 Points Sports Academy (the first ever Jewish sports camp) as the Director of Jewish Life. Tina is excited to be returning to Kulanu this year.

 
 

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.

 
 

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."

 
 

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.

 
 

 
 

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