Sarah Murphy Abbamonte is the Member & Alumni Engagement Strategist for Girl Scouts of Western New York. Previously, she was the Director of Communications for the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House. She holds a BS in Psychology and Political Science and a MPA in Nonprofit Management from the College at Brockport.
Dr. Thomas J. Driscoll has been an instructor in the Rochester Kollel since 2001. He is a retired Catholic deacon, an independent Holocaust researcher and zealous fan of the NY Yankees and Drum Corps International.
Ayala Emmett is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Rochester, her published work includes text analysis; Emmett is the recipient of the Society for Humanistic Anthropology Fiction Award, Students Teaching Award; she served as Anthropology Editor of the journal Sex Roles and as reviewer for numerous journals. Her current research is on the intersection of social justice/social media.
Elliot Fix has held a variety of positions serving individuals with developmental disabilities for over 40 years. He is the recent 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 17th year.
Ruby Glicksman has conducted a series of films and discussions on Jewish themes for several years at the Jewish Community Center. She is a Clinical Social Worker who decided to pursue her great interest in Jewish history and the Holocaust, and combine it with her passion for good films.
Barbara Grosh has been studying Mussar with The Mussar Institute for over 5 years. She has been trained by TMI to facilitate this class. She is a freelance website developer and prolific volunteer in local Tikkun Olam efforts.
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.
Rabbi Kelly Levy is the Assistant Rabbi at Temple B’rith Kodesh. She was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion New York Campus. Rabbi Levy is originally from San Antonio, Texas and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Texas Tech University.
The Rev. Dr. Christopher S. Luedde is an Episcopal Priest, retired from active parish ministry. Formerly rector of St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, Rochester, NY, he is an Adjunct Professor of Classics at SUNY at Buffalo in the Honors College teaching a class in Conflicts in Science and Religion, Ethics and Politics. He has led tours to Israel for over 20 years.
David Orange is a Jewish spiritual leader and educator serving the Jewish community of Rochester. David has been a member of Temple B'rith Kodesh for over 30 years and currently teaches 5th Grade in the Religious School. David also serves the Jewish residents of St. John's Meadows and St. John's Home as spiritual leader and educator. His greatest joy comes from serving the residents at The Jewish Home of Rochester and St. John's Meadows.
Rabbi Drorah Setel is the Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El. She came to Rochester after serving Temple Beth El in Niagara Falls, NY. She has an extensive educational background, having studied at Leo Baeck College in London, Harvard University Divinity School, where she earned a master’s degree in theological studies, the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, Swarthmore College, and Yale University, where she is working on her Ph.D. dissertation. She has taught extensively on a variety of Jewish topics and authored many articles.
Jenna Silpe, BA, St John Fisher College, is a lifelong Rochester resident and mother of three. She enjoys reading, watching her kids play drums in marching band, and discussing religion and politics.
Gene Spiro, MEd., has been teaching Hebrew in the TBK Religious School for over 30 years and adult Hebrew in Kollel for several years. She has taught music both at TBK and in the Hillel Community Day School and co-leads Tot Shabbat.
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. She taught other classes and seminars while working as an Industrial Designer at DuPont.
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.