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Kollel Faculty

Fall 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. Her program was presented at Yad Vashem in Israel. Her Yiddish recording, "A Sudenyu of Yiddish Song", was sold at the USHMM for several 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 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. Thomas J. Driscoll, D. Min. has been an instructor in the Rochester Kollel since 2001. He is an alumnus Colgate Rochester Divinity School, a grandfather of six, a Holocaust Researcher, and a supporter of the NY Yankees and Toronto Maple Leafs.

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.

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.

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.
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.
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.


Fri, January 22 2021 9 Shevat 5781