Rochester Kollel Faculty

Fall/Winter 2018-19


Howard Brill has been studying Mussar with The Mussar Institute for over 10 years and facilitating TMI courses at both introductory and advanced levels. He is vice-president for education at Temple Beth David.

Dr. Thomas J. Driscoll, D. Min. has been an instructor in the Rochester Kollel since 2001. He is an independent Holocaust researcher and zealous fan of the NY Yankees.

Ayala Emmett is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Rochester. Dr. Emmett is the recipient of the Society for Humanistic Anthropology Fiction Award, and the Students Teaching Award. She served as Anthropology Editor of the journal Sex Roles and as a reviewer for numerous journals. She is a published author of a book, numerous articles, and short stories. Her current research is on the intersection of social justice and social media.

Elliot Fix has held a variety of positions serving individuals with developmental disabilities for over 40 years.  He is the past recipient of the Jan Katz Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education, a national honor presented by the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester. The Jewish Living Program, which he developed, is now in its 19th year.

Joy Getnick, PhD is a historian and the JCC’s Director of Jewish Life. She is the author of the Melton Scholars Elective “Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict” and currently teaches at SUNY Geneseo.

Andrea Gluckman is an expert on policy, culture, education, and languages of the Middle East.  She has worked as a diplomatic advisor, professor, and writer at Harvard University, the University of the Middle East, and the University of Rochester. Additionally, she worked in Rwanda for a time after the 1994 genocide. She worked with the civilian commissions that were working with the aftermath, particularly with surviving women.

Barbara Grosh has been studying Mussar with the Mussar Institute for over 8 years.  She has facilitated Mussar classes in Rochester for three years.

Dr. Joseph Kelly retired from full-time teaching after 37 years. For 11 years, he was Professor of Hebrew Scriptures at St. Bernard’s Seminary on Lake Avenue in Rochester and then served for 26 years as Professor of Religious Studies at Nazareth College. Now he devotes his time to teaching Adult Education courses in Scripture and Religious Studies in various parishes and congregations in the Rochester and Upstate areas.

Rabbi Shaya Kilimnick is Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Beth Sholom and the Orthodox Rabbi at the Jewish Home of Rochester for the past 39 years. He has served our community as Rabbi for the past forty years. He has been past President of the Rochester Board of Rabbis several times and has been the International Chair of the Rabbinic Cabinet of Israel Bonds and VP of the Rabbinical Council of America. Rabbi Kilimnick is a well-known Torah educator who also taught in our community Jewish High School Midrasha and Machon of Rochester for 25years. He has been with The Rochester Kollel since its inception.

Orna Korn was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel.  She teaches Hebrew, Judaica and Israeli culture to both young and adult students.  She is currently teaching at Temple B’rith Kodesh Religious School.

The Rev. Dr. Christopher S. Luedde is an Episcopal Priest, retired from active parish ministry. Formerly rector of St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, Rochester, NY, he is an Adjunct Professor of Classics at SUNY at Buffalo in the Honors College teaching a class in Conflicts in Science and Religion, Ethics and Politics. He has led tours to Israel for over 20 years.

Eleanor S. Lewin retired as Director of Education for Temple B'rith Kodesh. Her interests include all of the arts and continued learning, writing and painting in a variety of media.

Rabbi Rochelle Tulik is the Assistant Rabbi at Temple B’rith Kodesh. She was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2009.  She also holds an MA in Hebrew Letters and an MA in Jewish Education from HUC-JIR.  Her undergraduate studies were at the University of California at San Diego, where she crafted an Independent Studies Major in Modern Israeli Society and Israeli Culture.  She comes to TBK from Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles.

David Orange is a Jewish spiritual leader and passionate educator serving the Jewish, and non-Jewish community of Rochester. David has been a member of Temple B'rith Kodesh for over 30 years and currently teaches Holocaust Awareness to 7th and 9th grade in the Religious School. He serves Jewish Senior Life as Worship Leader at The Jewish Home and provides the Jewish residents of St. John's Meadows and St. John's Home with spiritual care, life-cycle observances, and study. 

Gene Spiro, MEd., has been teaching Hebrew, religious school and music at TBK for over 30 years. She is a member of TBK’s adult choirs and the Rochester Jewish Chorale.

Juleen Squires is a member of Temple B’rith Kodesh and has been playing Mah Jongg since 1999.  She has taught the game to a variety of people over the years.  She taught other classes and seminars while working as an Industrial Designer at DuPont.

Rabbi Peter Stein, MAHL, is the Senior Rabbi at Temple B’rith Kodesh. He came to Rochester after serving Temple Sinai in Cranston, RI and Rodef Shalom Congregation in Pittsburgh, PA. His rabbinate is defined by a love of teaching and learning.


Parashat Vayigash

In this Torah portion, Joseph’s brothers refuse to return to Canaan without Benjamin, whom Joseph has falsely accused of theft. Joseph reveals his true identity and invites his brothers to return for their father, Jacob, and bring him and their families to Egypt to live. When they return, Joseph introduces his father to Pharaoh, and, at Pharaoh’s suggestion, the family settles in Goshen, a particularly fertile region of Egypt.