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School starts back on Sunday, September 8th at Wise Temple. Click here to see our calendar.

RSVPs will be available on our website about a month in advance. They are sent via email each week and available online. Check back to this section for dinner RSVPs during the school year.

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Faculty

KULANU Staff

Nina Loftspring is thrilled to return to Cincinnati and to Kulanu! As a Kulanu alumni, Nina is excited to bring her extensive experience in Jewish educational leadership, curriculum development, and Holocaust education to the Kulanu community.

Most recently, Nina served as the Director of Youth Education and Family Life for Town & Village Synagogue in New York City, where she worked with students of all ages and their families. Prior to that, Nina served as B'nai Jeshurun's Assistant Director of Education for Curriculum and Learning.

Nina earned her Masters in Religious Education from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion and her BA at Indiana University, where she triple-majored in Jewish Studies, History, and Non-Profit Management.

Nina prides herself on making students' interests central to the classroom experience, simultaneously empowering them and creating a community of engaged learners.

Nina is married to Dr. Lee Honig, a Brooklyn native whom she has kidnapped and brought with her to Cincinnati. Now back in Cincinnati, they enjoy trees, reconnecting with family and friends, and discovering all the new "spots" in Cincinnati (although none may be as good as Graeter's).

 
 

KULANU Rabbis

Rabbi Sigma Faye Coran, Rockdale Temple, has served as the senior rabbi of K. K.Bene Israel/ Rockdale Temple since 2004. She has previously served Temple Emanuel in Worcester, Massachusetts and the Jewish Community of Williams College. Rabbi Coran is a graduate of Tufts University and was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1993. Rabbi Coran is married to Rabbi Matthew Kraus and they have four children.

 
 

Rabbi Michael Danziger is the new assistant rabbi at Wise Temple. He was ordained from HUC-JIR this past spring. While in rabbinical school, Michael interned at Temple Sholom and with HUC's national office of recruitment and admissions. He has taught at Valley Temple and Rockdale Temple, and at Kulanu for three years, offering electives in Jewish Comedy, comparative religion, and ethical decision-making. He went to the University of Texas at Austin and still loves the Longhorns, and is an award-winning stand-up comic.

 
 

Rabbi Lewis H. Kamrass is the Senior Rabbi of Isaac M. Wise Temple. He is a Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia in Sociology and Psychology, with a Master of Hebrew Letters and Rabbinic Ordination from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, as well as a D. D. degree (doctor of divinity, honoris causa). He has served for twenty-four years as Instructor in the Theology Department of Xavier University teaching undergraduates, and as adjunct faculty at Hebrew Union College teaching rabbinical students. And he has been a faculty member of Kulanu/Cincinnati Reform Jewish High School since its inception in 1983.

Rabbi Kamrass serves as a member of Board of Governors of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and as a member of Hebrew Union College's President's Rabbinic Council and Rabbinic Board of Alumni Overseers. He has been active as well in the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the international association of Reform Rabbis, having served on its Board of Trustees and Executive Committee. He has served on the CCAR's Youth Committee, Nominating Committee and Patrilineal Descent Task Force. He was honored to be selected as one of a dozen rabbis to compose the "Statement of Principles" adopted in 1999 as the Reform rabbinate's platform of beliefs, and to have been selected for the Siddur Editorial Committee of the CCAR, charged with preparing the prayer book for the Reform Movement, published in 2007, the CCAR Machzor (High Holy Day Prayer Book) Editorial Team, and the CCAR Publication Committee.

 
 

Rabbi Sandford Kopnick is the rabbi of the Valley Temple. He has served Valley since 2001. He is a member of the faculty of GUCI and serves on the camp board. He has taught workshops at the last 10 NFTY Conventions, and served as the NFTY-OV advisor when he was in rabbinic school.

 
 

Rabbi Miriam Terlinchamp joined Temple Sholom July 1st, 2010. Raised in Seattle, WA., she holds a B.A. in Studio Art and Religious Studies from Scripps College in Claremont, California and was ordained from HUC-JIR in Los Angeles, CA. Rabbi Terlinchamp finds joy and spiritual growth in visual art, social action and teaching.

 
 

Rabbi Karen Thomashow is currently associate rabbi at Isaac M. Wise Temple. Prior to moving to Cincinnati this past summer, Rabbi Thomashow was an assistant and then an associate rabbi of Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto, Canada. She is originally from Worcester, Massachusetts and attended college at Brandeis University, where she majored in Sociology and minored both in Social Policy and Near Eastern and Judaic studies. She earned her rabbinic ordination at Hebrew Union College (HUC) here in Cincinnati.Rabbi Thomashow has recently participated on the board of Camp George, the vision team of the URJ Campaign for Youth Engagement, ARZA Canada, and the Women's Rabbinic Network. She is passionate about teaching teens and is thrilled to join the faculty of Kulanu. Rabbi Thomashow is also the proud parent of a toddler daughter.

 
 

KULANU Faculty

Dianne Benmayor fell in love with yoga after her first practice.  Initially it was the physical aspects, then, she started to realize the many other benefits a consistent practice bestows.  She embarked on a 200HR training with no intention to teach.  She just wanted to enhance her own practice.  After completing the first training class she knew she wanted to explore the possibilities of teaching.  She has since completed 500+ hours of training in various genres.  In 2014,  attended a 90HR Children’s Yoga training.  She has been teaching Yoga for eight years.  It is an honor to share the gifts of Yoga and she feels truly blessed to be able to do something she absolutely loves. 

 
 

Matt Derrenbacher is currently a rabbinical student at the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion. He has previously worked as a rabbinical assistant at The Temple in Louisville, KY and as adjunct professor of religion at Bellarmine University. He received a B.A. in Religion from Nazareth College of Rochester and a M.Div from the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

 
 

Anna Meyers was born and raised in Rhode Island, and enjoyed every minute of growing up in the Ocean State. One of Anna's favorite parts of living near Providence was spending time at Temple Beth-El, developing a love for Reform Judaism and the Jewish community. Anna continued learning about Judaism at Northeastern University in Boston, earning a B.A. in Jewish Studies in 2015 and participating in Jewish life as an intern and student board member of 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. Greatly 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 Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem, Anna has continued her studies in Cincinnati. Anna is passionate about Jewish education, and continues to serve as an educator at Kulanu, the Cincinnati Reform Jewish High School, and as the Madrichim Coordinator at Rockdale Temple. This year, Anna is excited to return to Hillel work in the new capacity of student rabbi for Hillel at Miami University.

 
 

Dori Singer Zoot is originally from Phoenix, Arizona, and excited to be part of the Kulanu Staff!  She grew up very involved in her Jewish community going to Religious School, spending summers at camp, and participating in youth group on local, regional, and national levels.  While in college, she continued to stay active in the Jewish community while studying Nonprofit Leadership & Management and Youth Service Leadership at Arizona State Univesity.  Dori's passion for Jewish youth engagement followed her to Cincinnati with her husband, Austin. Aside from Jewish youth work, she also enjoys photography, going on adventures outdoors, and eating tacos!

 
 

Austin Zoot is a rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College. Born in suburban Chicago, Austin was very involved in NFTY in high school, and discovered his dream of becoming a rabbi. He attended Indiana University where he studied Jewish Studies and Telecommunications, working on his passion of bringing Jewish religion and culture into modernity and beyond. Austin's passions include reading, writing, and, most of all, the Chicago Cubs.

 
 
 
 

 
 

Monthly Quote

"Jewish spirituality is an approach to life in which we strive to become aware of God's presence and purpose in everything."

-Rabbi Micah Greenstein