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Kollel Faculty

Spring 2020


Bonnie Abrams is a folksinger and songwriter with five locally produced CDs. Her program, "Voice of the 2nd Generation", teaches Holocaust history and led to her becoming the Director of the Center for Holocaust Awareness & Information (CHAI) - a position she held for 12 years. She has performed Klezmer and Ladino music locally and regionally and has taught Kollel courses on Jewish music as well as the Holocaust.

Stu hat time has traveled extensively. He and his wife enjoyed many trips while living in the Netherlands and later, and visited and researched local Jewish sites throughout Europe.

Howard Brill has been studying Mussar with The Mussar Institute for over 12 years and facilitating TMI courses at both introductory and advanced levels. He is vice-president of education at Temple Beth David.

Dr. Thomas J. Driscoll, D. Min. has been an instructor in the Rochester Kollel since 2001. He is an alumnus of Colgate Rochester Divinity School, a grandfather of six, a Holocaust Researcher, and a supporter of the NY Yankees and Toronto Maple Leafs.

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 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.

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.

Barbara Grosh has been studying Mussar with the Mussar Institute for over 10 years. She has facilitated Mussar classes in Rochester for six years.

Dr. Joseph Kelly retired from full-time teaching after 37 years. He was Professor of Hebrew Scriptures at St. Bernard’s Seminary and then 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.

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.

Rev. Matthew Martin Nickoloff is founding priest at the South Wedge Mission, a practice-centered ecumenical church rooted in the Lutheran, Episcopal and Catholic Worker traditions. A graduate of Princeton University and Duke Divinity School, he is passionate about interreligious engagement and cultivation of the common good.

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. He serves Jewish Senior Life as Worship Leader and provides the Jewish residents of St. John's Meadows and St. John's Home with spiritual care, life-cycle observances, and study.

Rabbi Drorah Setel, JD is the Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El. She has taught biblical studies at Pacific Lutheran University and Wesley Theological Seminary’s Course of Study program as well as contributed to The Women’s Bible Commentary and The Oxford Companion to the Bible.

Rabbi Michael Silbert is the Rabbi of the Temple Beth David community. He cherishes his experience teaching informal Jewish education to young children, teens, college students and adults of all ages. He moved to Rochester six years ago from the Boston-area, and before that, grew up in Cape Town, South Africa.

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 many people over the years.

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.

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.

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