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Renee Rosensweet
School Administrator
                                                 

Renee Rosensweet is a very busy mother of four. When she's not at Temple you can normally find her at T.J.Maxx. For fun, Renee and her family love Kings Island and everything in the sun! She's looking forward to her third year with the Rockdale Temple community!

 

 

Dani Reiss
Student Support Specialist 

Dani Reiss has been part of the Kehal Kodesh staff for the past four years as the Student Support Specialist. She grew up in Cincinnati as a member of Rockdale Temple. She is a former high school teacher and currently teaches at the University of Cincinnati. Dani resides in Amberley Village with her husband Matt and their two children, Vada and Shai. 

 

 

 

Anna Meyers
Madrichim Coordinator

Anna Meyers was born and raised in Rhode Island, and enjoyed every minute of living in the Ocean State. One of Anna's favorite parts of growing up near Providence was spending time at Temple Beth-El, developing a passion for Reform Judaism and Jewish education. Anna continued her Jewish education at Northeastern University in Boston, earning a B.A. in Jewish Studies in 2015, and participating in Jewish life as an intern and a student board member for Northeastern Hillel. Anna stayed in Boston following graduation, working for Northeastern Hillel as the Director of Jewish Student Life and as a Grade 3 Religious School Teacher at Temple Israel. Anna greatly enjoyed the Israel travel opportunities working for Hillel, staffing three Birthright trips and two Alternative Spring Break volunteer programs. Largely due to her Israel travel with Hillel, Anna decided to spend a year in Ashdod through Masa Israel's Teaching Fellows program. After completing her first year of Rabbinical School at HUC-JIR in Jerusalem, Anna is excited to continue her studies in Cincinnati, and serve as the Madrichim Coordinator at Rockdale Temple, an educator for Kulanu, and a student rabbi at B'nai Israel in Grand Fork, North Dakota. 

 

Frannie Kahan
Preschool

Frances (Frannie) Kahan was born in Cleveland but very soon after moved with her mother, father and two older sisters to California where she grew up. She received her BA in Art History and minor in Jewish Studies, from Colgate University in 2014. She has an arts and crafts business, From Stitches to Kinks, and currently works as Cultural Arts Manager at the Mayerson JCC. She has enjoyed teaching at Rockdale's Religious School since 2016.

 

 

 

Caroline Winstel-McLeod
Kindergarten & 1st Grade

Gimmel (5th Grade hebrew)

"Coming back to teach for a second year at Kehal Kodesh Religious School is an absolute dream come true," says Caroline. "There is nothing better than seeing the love of Torah grow in our community from the youngest ages and beyond." As a first year doctoral student at Northern Kentucky University in the Educational Leadership Program Caroline's focus and research is on accessibility and inclusion in Jewish Education. She is a NewCAJE LEEP Fellow and an iCenter Israel Education iFellow. These opportunities allow her to apply new and exciting research and methodologies into the classroom. Her goal every week is to facilitate a fun and exciting experiential environment that develops a love of Judaism, Torah, and our community. Caroline hopes every student feels a stronger connection to their identity and community at the end of each year. 

 

Mollie Fingerman
2nd & 3rd Grade

Mollie Fingerman is a Kindergarten teacher with Cincinnati Public Schools and a Cincinnati native.  She enjoys earning certificates in a variety of subjects such as Real Estate, Orton Gillingham, and bartending.  Mollie is excited to be joining the amazing education team at Rockdale and is looking forward to this new adventure.

 

Shirah Kraus
4th Grade

Shirah is a second-year rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion. She received her Bachelor's degree from Bryn Mawr College where she studied Religion, Gender and Sexuality, and Arabic. Shirah grew up in Cincinnati and spent her summers at Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI), where she has worked as the Director of Education. Some of her hobbies include crafting, playing frisbee, and cooking. Both in and out of the classroom, Shirah continues to pursue her passion for community, organizing, Judaism, and learning. 

 

 

Israela Ginsburg
5th Grade

Israela Pearlman Ginsburg grew up on a kibbutz in Israel before immigrating to the United States. She has been living in Cincinnati for the past 20 years. Israela has three grown children. She enjoys traveling, nature hikes, spending time with her cat, and teaching religious and Hebrew school, which she has been doing for the past fifteen years.

 

 

Eden Rabinowitz
6th Grade

Eden Rabinowitz was raised in Buffalo, NY where she grew up very involved in the reform Jewish community. As a teen, she spent all her free time in youth group, traveling to NFTY events, and working as a madricha at the local synagogue. Eden began teaching religious school in 2011 and hasn’t stopped since! She’s taught a wide variety of subjects and grade levels, and she’s also worked to create a modern Hebrew curriculum. Eden loves all things Judaism and especially has a passion for Israel. She spent a summer studying Hebrew at the University of Haifa and a semester studying at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Eden relocated from NY to Cincinnati with her husband in 2018 and spent a year working at Wise Temple as a 5th grade Sunday School teacher and 6th grade Hebrew teacher. Eden is beyond thrilled to join the Rockdale religious school staff this year and also to begin working with YGOR as their new advisor!

 

Rabbi Matthew Kraus
Rak Noar (7th/8th Grade)

Rabbi Matthew Kraus graduated from Walnut Hills High School in 1981 and Harvard-Radcliffe College in 1985. He received his Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Michigan in 1996 and was ordained from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in 1991. His main interests include the history of biblical interpretation and Judaism in the Greek and Roman worlds and he recently authored a book, Jewish, Christian, and Classical Exegetical Traditions in Jerome’s Translation of the Book of Exodus: Translation Technique and the Vulgate (Brill, 2017). He is currently associate professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Cincinnati. Rabbi Kraus loves working with all ages. He teaches the local Union for Reform Judaism Introduction to Judaism class, has taught 7-8th grade religious school for over 10 years, and numerous adult education courses. He has also served as rabbinic faculty at Crane Lake Camp and Goldman Union Camp Institute. His interests include reading, skiing, biking, golf, and short walks on the beach.

Edie Yakutis
Rak Noar (7th/8th Grade)

Edie Yakutis is a second-career rabbinic student based in Cincinnati, who was accepted into HUC-JIR after working with Microsoft Corporation for 23 years in a number of customer-facing management roles. She lived in the Charlotte, NC area, where she and her husband, Leo, were one of the 12 founding families of Temple Solel, in Fort Mill, SC. She served there as a lay leader. Edie relocated from the Charlotte area to Cincinnati in 2015, with Leo, and 4 dogs. They have a son, Nicholas, who currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

Emma Duhamel
Art specialist

Emma Duhamel will be teaching Art this year. She's originally from Cleveland, OH, but is currently attending the University of Cincinnati seeking an undergraduate degree in Philosophy. Throughout high school, Emma served on her temple youth group board, gaining experience in programming and innovative t'fillot. For the past two summers, she has served as a counselor and programmer at the URJ 6 Points Creative Arts Academy.

 

Michael Weiss, Rabbinic Intern
Judaic Enrichment 

Michael Weiss is a 5th year rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College and looks forward to teaching at Kehal Kodesh School this year! He grew up in Connecticut but spent the past 10 years living in Toronto, braving cold winters and learning the polite ways of the native Canadian. Michael studied at McGill University in Montreal and learned almost no French, but can identify a good croissant. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music, cooking recipes from every continent, and spending time in nature. He looks forward to getting to teaching and learning from you all!

 

 

Rabbi Judy Spicehandler
Aleph (3rd Grade Hebrew)

Rabbi Judy Spicehandler grew up in Cincinnati and Jerusalem. After serving in the Israeli Army, she returned to the United States to attend the University of Chicago (BA) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA, MFA). Since being ordained at HUC in Cincinnati in 1999, Judy has served as Rabbi Educator at Congregation B’nai Tzedek in Cincinnati, North Shore Congregation Israel in Glencoe, IL, and Congregation Beth El of the Sudbury River Valley in Sudbury, MA. She enjoys studying with friends, teaching Hebrew to people of all ages, and playing with her golden retriever puppy.

 

Sam Schauvaney
Bet (4th Grade Hebrew), Club 456 Youth Group


Ben Rosen, Rabbinic Intern
Dalet (6th Grade Hebrew)

 

Jason Schapera
Rak Ivrit (7th Grade Hebrew)

Jason is a long-time Cincinnati resident, but is originally from Capetown, South Africa. He has received degrees from the University of Cincinnati and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is a graduate of Hebrew University's Hebrew language Ulpan program, and has taught at Rockdale's religious school and Hebrew school since 2013. He is a current staff member at Hebrew Union College's Klau library, where he works in digital preservation of rare books and manuscripts. Jason is passionate about Hebrew education and Jewish literacy, both communal and ritual. In his spare time, Jason likes to read science fiction and fantasy, play Dungeons and Dragons, and practice the ukelele. 

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