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Kollel Faculty


Bonnie Abrams has taught Kollel courses on music, wine and the Holocaust. She is presently working at A Frog House – an environmental education center as an event planner and educator.

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 R. Brill has been studying Mussar with The Mussar Institute for over 13 years and facilitating TMI courses at both introductory and advanced levels. He is vice-president for education at Temple Beth David.

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.

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.

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.

Dr. Liz Ornstein is a clinical psychologist who has been in private practice in Rochester for many years and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry/Psychology at URMC.  Since being introduced to Mussar several years ago, and being trained as a Mussar facilitator, she is delighted to be able to share her enthusiasm for this life-transforming practice with others.

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.

Sharon Shafir 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 Northern Israel; formerly taught a Melton graduate course as well as Hebrew for adults in various local venues. Sharon earned her B.A. in Middle East History and Political Science at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, and her M.Sc. in Communication at Cornell University. She is an independent policy communication consultant and an 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.

Herb Skerker is a retired Secondary Social Studies and Special Education teacher and administrator. Currently, Herb is the Director of The Rochester Kollel.

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.

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 Associate 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.

Mon, January 17 2022 15 Shevat 5782