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Kollel Faculty


Stu Berger is a retired Chemical Physicist who has traveled extensively, visiting Jewish sites in many places, and has lived in Europe as an Ex-Pat.  He has researched the development of the Tanakh and the period of time of its development having read relevant books and articles and viewing about 200 hours of video courses given by experts.  The New Testament material was developed by Deacon Tom Driscoll (ret) in collaboration with Stu.  

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.

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. 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 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.

Rev. Darryl Powell is an ordained American Baptist minister who served as Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Manchester, NY (24 years). Since 2021 he has been Spiritual Life Director, first at St. John’s Home and then at John Knox Village in Pompano Beach, Florida. In both settings he focused on bringing people of different faiths together in a spirit of mutual understanding and growth. For six years he was Adjunct Professor at Finger Lakes Community College teaching an Introduction to Geology course for undergraduates. He is now on a new adventure as author and publisher of Earth Science materials for children. In all settings, teaching is his passion, through direct interactions with students and through published materials.

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 has been on the TBK faculty for about 40 years, teaching in the Religious School and Kollel. She is a member of both the volunteer High holiday choir and special Shabbat services choir.

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.

Thu, June 30 2022 1 Tammuz 5782