Rochester Kollel Faculty

Spring 2019


Howard Brill has been studying Mussar with The Mussar Institute for over 10 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 independent Holocaust researcher and zealous fan of the NY Yankees.

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.

Barbara Grosh has been studying Mussar with the Mussar Institute for over 8 years.  She has facilitated Mussar classes in Rochester for three 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.

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.

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.

Eleanor S. Lewin retired as Director of Education for Temple B'rith Kodesh. Her interests include all of the arts and continued learning, writing and painting in a variety of media.

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.  She comes to TBK from Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles.

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 and currently teaches Holocaust Awareness to 7th and 9th grade in the Religious School. He serves Jewish Senior Life as Worship Leader at The Jewish Home 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 has committed his 30 years of ministry experience to bringing people of different faith traditions together. Darryl served the First Baptist Church of Manchester, NY as its Pastor for 24 years. Leaving the pulpit, he served as Director of Spiritual Life at St. John's Living in Rochester, NY. Most recently, Darryl serves as the Director of Spiritual Life at John Knox Village, a retirement community in Pompano Beach, FL.

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.


Parashat Nasso
June 15, 2019

In this Torah portion, God describes the service of the Gershon family of Levites.  The laws relating to the suspected adultress and nazirite are given.  God tells Moses and Aaron the priestly blessing.  The heads of tribes bring gifts to the Tabernacle.