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Kollel Faculty


Lorin Alder has served a variety of non-profit organizations and currently works in the mental health field. He has exhibited artwork at various local galleries. He is nearing completion of a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies at St. Bernards’ School of Theology.

Stu Berger has been retired for 19 years and during that time 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.  Their most recent trip was to Jewish Spain sponsored by TBK.

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 for education at Temple Beth David.

Dr. Ayala Emmett is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Rochester.

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.

Athene Goldstein  has been teaching Bar /Bat Mitzvah students at TBK  since 1985 and has taught adult classes in literature and Bible at various synagogues in town.

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. 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.

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.

David Orange  is a 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.
Sharon Shafir s was born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel.  She worked as an aide to Knesset Members and was the spokesperson for a multi-cultural county municipality in Norther Israel; formerly taught a Melton graduate course as well as Hebrew for adults in various venues.  Sharon earned her B.A. in Middle East History and Political Science at Bar-Ilan Uninversity in Israel, and her M.Sc. in Communication at Cornell University.  She is an independent policy communication consultant and advocate for early childhood special education programs. 

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.

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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