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Staff Directory

Staff

Rabbi Amy Feder

Senior Rabbi

(314) 432-8050     afeder@ti-stl.org

 

Rabbi Amy Feder became the Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel in July of 2009, when she became the youngest woman to become a Senior Rabbi of a large Reform congregation in history.  She is blessed to work alongside her husband, Rabbi Michael Alper. 

 

Rabbi Feder began working as the assistant rabbi at Temple Israel in 2006 after her ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. She graduated from the University of Michigan with high honors in 2001, where her coursework was focused on music and Judaic studies. She also holds a Masters degree in Hebrew Literature from HUC-JIR. Rabbi Feder has served in rabbinic and educational capacities in a number of communities, including several small towns throughout the southeastern United States as well as Jerusalem, Long Island, and St. Louis. As part of her rabbinic training, she worked as a chaplain at New York University Hospital and also taught at the Millers Honors High School program.

 

Rabbi Feder has a great love for Jewish camps, where she formed an important part of her Jewish identity. She is also a trained musician and music teacher who tries to bring music into every part of her rabbinate.  A St. Louis native, Rabbi Feder became both a bat mitzvah and a confirmand at Temple Israel and is so pleased to have returned to a congregation and community that she cares about so much.  Rabbi Feder and Rabbi Alper have a son, Jonah and a daughter, Molly.

Rabbi Michael Alper

Rabbi

(314) 432-8050     malper@ti-stl.org


Rabbi Michael Alper is proud to share the rabbinic leadership of Congregation Temple Israel.  Born in Los Angeles, California, Rabbi Alper lived in many parts of the country before settling in St. Louis. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in History from Boston University, and was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, in New York City.

 

An enthusiastic teacher, Rabbi Alper taught public school in the South Bronx and served as the Director of the Miller High School Honors Program at Hebrew Union College in New York. Rabbi Alper served as the Director of Education of Central Reform Congregation for two years before joining the Temple Israel clergy. 

 

At Temple Israel, one of his most important roles is working individually with the B’nai Mitzvah students and their families to create meaningful Jewish experiences that will shape their lives.  A gifted artist and musician, Rabbi Alper is particularly interested in working with youth and music, encouraging young people to access their Judaism in unique and fulfilling ways.

Rabbi Mark L. Shook

Rabbi Emeritus

(314) 432-8050     mshook@ti-stl.org


Rabbi Mark L. Shook is Rabbi Emeritus of the congregation. He retired on July 1, 2010, having been Senior Rabbi since 1987. A graduate of the University of Michigan (BA - Anthropology/Near Eastern Studies), he was ordained from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in 1972.

 

Rabbi Shook was awarded the Doctor of Divinity degree from HUC-JIR. He is an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at St. Louis University, where he teaches courses in Jewish Philosophy. The courses are partially funded by grants from the Jewish Chautauqua Society.  He is a regular commentator for St. Louis Public Radio/KWMU, a local affiliate of NPR. This year he was awarded the Golden Microphone Award for his service to the station and community.

 

He serves on the Board of Interfaith Partnership/Faith Beyond Walls, an interfaith program of community service, and is a past chairman of the Board of Ranken-Jordan, Children's Rehabilitation Hospital, where he is currently Chair of the Governance Committee. A Police Chaplain for more than thirty years, Rabbi Shook is the Coordinating Chaplain for the St. Louis County Police Chaplaincy Program, and also serves as a Police Chaplain for the City of Creve Coeur.

Kim Rivera

Director of Business Operations

314-432-8050     krivera@ti-stl.org

JoAnn Stephan

Accounting Manager

(314) 432-8050     jstephan@ti-stl.org

Melanie Thiede

Administrative Assistant

(314) 432-8050     mthiede@ti-stl.org

Laura Robbins

Director of Membership and Development

314-432-8050     lrobbins@ti-stl.org

Laura was raised outside of Boston, MA, and also spent time in NYC and Washington DC prior to moving to St. Louis where her husband was raised. While living in NYC, Laura began working in theatre, directing shows, and later, raising money and planning events. These skills helped her easily transition into her current position as the Temple's Membership and Development Director. Her past positions have been at  different nonprofits in St. Louis and Washington DC.  

When  not at work you can find her with her husband ­­­­­­­­­Frank and three boys Frank (Freddy), Tommy, and Eli, her three cats and eight chickens. Laura is also active in her kid’s elementary school PTO, most currently having served as the PTO President. And, in the wee hours of the morning you can find her running the streets of Webster Groves training for her next marathon.

Lisa Hirshberg

Development and Database Coordinator

314-432-8050     lhirshberg@ti-stl.org

Martina Stern

Special Events Coordinator

314-504-6712

Debbie Jennings

Kitchen Manager

(314) 432-8050     djennings@ti-stl.org

Leslie Wolf

Director of Family Education

(314) 432-8076     lwolf@ti-stl.org

Director of Family Education  

 

Leslie Wolf has an undergraduate degree from Maryville University in Elementary Education and a Masters degree in Muti-Cultural Education from Washington University. She taught inner-city children for St. Louis Public Schools for six years. Prior to coming to Temple Israel , Leslie taught preschool at Ladue Early Childhood where she taught all levels of preschool age children. She gained a wealth of knowledge about early childhood education and it has always been her dream to use her knowledge to help create an outstanding Jewish preschool that recognizes where each child is at developmentally, and challenges every child socially, emotionally, and academically. She is excited to be at Temple Israel , where along with dedicated colleagues, she will be able to fulfill this vision for the Jewish community.

Kim Heil

DECC Office Manager

(314) 432-8076     kheil@ti-stl.org

Sara Jones

Family Education Office Administrator

314-432-8076     sjones@ti-stl.org

Galve Deleste

Youth Group Advisor

galve.deleste@gmail.com

Erin Wolfman May

Communications Director

314-432-8050     emay@ti-stl.org

Jody Gerth

Interfaith Coordinator

314-432-8050     jogerth@ti-stl.org

Derrick Bryant

Building Supervisor

314-432-8050     dbryant@ti-stl.org

Yuriy Moskalets

Maintenance

314-432-8050

Paris Rackley

Maintenance

Sean Morauville

Maintenance

Rabbis

Rabbi Amy Feder

Rabbi Michael Alper

Rabbi Emeritus Mark L. Shook

Board

Dee A. Mogerman

President

Rob Litz

President-Elect

David Chassin

Vice President

Harvey A. Harris

Vice President

Neil Marglous

Vice President

Jeremy Shook

Vice President

Michael Weiss

Vice President

Kathy Ortbals

Secretary

Louise Losos

Assistant Secretary

Debbie Schultz

Treasurer

Jeffrey Stern

Assistant Treasurer

JoAnne Levy

Immediate Past President

JoAnne Levy

2011-13

Dr. David L. Weinstein

2007-10

Neil J. Handelman

2005-06

Cary J. Mogerman

2002-04

Daniel J. Schwartz

1999-2001

Karen L. Knopf

1996-98

Leonard J. Adreon

1994-95

Ellen Deutsch

1991-93

Gary A. Follman

1988-90

Allan Epstein

Amanda Packman

Amy Lampert

Andrew Olschansky

Arnold Spirtas

Carla Feuer

Carol Cohen

Caryn Sandweiss

Cathy Goldsticker

Christine Schulze

Darcy Scharff, PhD

David Aronson

Erin Schneider

Hope Edison

Jan Offenbach Nykin

Jayme Fingerman

Jeff Bernstein

Jeff Brown

Dr. Jerry Levy

Judy Lewis

Michele Steinberg

Milton Fry

Dr. Morton Green

Natalie Handelman

Pepe Finn

Philip Horwitz

Sally Heller

Sarah Falkoff

Susan K. Goldberg

Susan Stiefel

Thomas Glick

Ted Greenberg

DECC Teachers

Miss Abby

Spanish Teacher

Miss Amy

Teacher

Miss Angela

Teacher

Mr Asher

Aftercare Teacher

Miss Barb

Teacher

Miss Bobbi

Teacher

Miss Caryn

Teacher

Miss Cindi

Teacher

Miss Cindy

Teacher

Miss Courtney

Teacher

Miss Cynthia

Nature Room Teacher

Miss Dani

Teacher

Miss Eunice

Teacher

Miss Flo

Floater

Miss Ivy

Teacher

Miss Jan

Teacher

Miss Jane

Teacher

Miss Janie

Teacher

Miss Jen

Teacher

Miss Jenn

Teacher

Miss Jenny

Teacher

Miss Jeri

Teacher

Miss Jodi

Teacher

Miss Judy

Aftercare Teacher

Miss Julie

Teacher

Kim Heil

DECC Office Manager

(314) 432-8076     kheil@ti-stl.org

Leslie Wolf

Director of Family Education

(314) 432-8076     lwolf@ti-stl.org

Director of Family Education  

 

Leslie Wolf has an undergraduate degree from Maryville University in Elementary Education and a Masters degree in Muti-Cultural Education from Washington University. She taught inner-city children for St. Louis Public Schools for six years. Prior to coming to Temple Israel , Leslie taught preschool at Ladue Early Childhood where she taught all levels of preschool age children. She gained a wealth of knowledge about early childhood education and it has always been her dream to use her knowledge to help create an outstanding Jewish preschool that recognizes where each child is at developmentally, and challenges every child socially, emotionally, and academically. She is excited to be at Temple Israel , where along with dedicated colleagues, she will be able to fulfill this vision for the Jewish community.

Miss Lisa

Teacher

Miss Lulu

Aftercare Teacher

Miss Marcie

Teacher

Miss Megan

Music Teacher

Miss Melissa

Teacher

Mr Michael

Floater and Aftercare Teacher

Miss Mindi

Teacher

Miss Nancy

Teacher

Miss Sara

Teacher

Sara Jones

Family Education Office Administrator

314-432-8076     sjones@ti-stl.org

Miss Shannon

Teacher

Miss Shari

Teacher

Miss Shelly

Teacher

Miss Shelly

Teacher

Miss Stacey

Teacher

Miss Stacie

Teacher

Miss Stephanie

Teacher

Miss Susan

Teacher

Miss Susan

Teacher

Miss Suzanne

DECC Teacher

Miss Tanya

Teacher

Miss Traci

Teacher

TIRS Teachers

Morah Adele

Hebrew School Teacher

Morah Amy

High School - (Spring Semester)

Rabbi Amy Feder

Rabbi

Morah Ann

Hebrew School Teacher

Moreh Brad

High School

Morah Christine

3rd Grade

Morah Debbie

Grade 3

Morah Diane

Cooking

Moreh Howard

Grade 6 and Hebrew School Teacher

Moreh Howard

Grade 6 and Hebrew School Teacher

Morah Jennifer

Grade 2

Morah Jennifer

Grade 1

Morah Jill

Grade 8

Morah Jody

Grade 4 and Hebrew School Teacher

Morah Jody

Grade 4 and Hebrew School Teacher

Leslie Wolf

Director of Family Education

Morah Lindsay

Grade 1

Rabbi Michael Alper

Rabbi

Morah Michelle

Student Support

Moreh Ron

Grade 7

Morah Susan

Grade 2

Morah Susie

Kindergarten

Morah Tzivia

Grade 5 and Hebrew School Teacher

Morah Tzivia

Grade 5 and Hebrew School Teacher

Morah Ziva

Hebrew School Teacher

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