Bonnie Abrams is the Director of The Center for Holocaust Awareness and Information (CHAI) of the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester. She has been on the faculty of The 2000 Year Road to the Holocaust and has taught other Kollel classes connected to the Holocaust and Jewish music. She is the child of two Holocaust survivors

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 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 18th year.

Joy Getnick, PhD is a historian and the JCC’s Director of Jewish Life. She is the author of the Melton Scholars Elective “Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict” and currently teaches at area colleges.

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 teaches B’nai Mitzvah students at TBK and leads several adult classes at Temple Beth El.

Paul Gongloff is a retired United Methodist minister who has become a constituent parishioner at 3rd Presbyterian Church. He leads a bible study class and teaches a Sunday Seminar. He also participates in the Thursday Voices group.  He works with the Beechwood Neighborhood Coalition and in the last decade was president of the Interfaith Alliance of Rochester.  

Lisa Carley Hotaling holds a master's degree in Humanistic Psychology with her thesis focus on maternal anxiety. She is the editor of The Narrow Path, a journal by for and about mothers ( Her philosophical focus is humanistic and existential.

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.

Rabbi Shaya Kilimnick is Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Beth Sholom and the Orthodox Rabbi at the Jewish Home of Rochester for the past 39 years. He has served our community as Rabbi for the past forty years. He has been past President of the Rochester Board of Rabbis several times and has been the International Chair of the Rabbinic Cabinet of Israel Bonds and VP of the Rabbinical Council of America. Rabbi Kilimnick is a well known Torah educator who also taught in our community Jewish High School Midrasha and Machon of Rochester for 25years. He has been with The Rochester Kollel since its inception.

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 Associate Rabbi at Temple B’rith Kodesh. She was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion New York Campus in 2014.  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.

Nira Mehlenbacher has been serving as a Jewish Educator in our community for almost 20 years. Cooking is one of her passions and she loves to share it. Her new business is “Cooking Culture with Nira” and she is sharing many delicious dishes on Facebook.

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.

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, religious school and music at TBK for over 30 years. She is a member of TBK’s adult choirs and the Rochester Jewish Chorale.

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.