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Rabbi Carrie Vogel

Director, Jewish Experience Center

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Rabbi Carrie Vogel serves as the Director of the Jewish Experience Center. Carrie will oversee and work with the JEC team to make sure that our programming and experiences are at the highest level.

Carrie was ordained as a rabbi from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion here in Los Angeles in 2009. In addition she received a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters in 2006 and a Master of Arts in Jewish Education in 2007 from HUC-JIR. During Carrie’s time in rabbinic school she worked at a number of synagogues, camps and day schools in the greater Los Angeles area. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Cincinnati.

Carrie and her husband Brian are the proud parents of their son, Jonah and daughter, Eliza. She loves The Ohio State Buckeyes, hiking and reading.

Rachel Tichauer

JEC Assistant Director, On-Site Programs

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Rachel Tichauer has a Master of Arts in Education from American Jewish University and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Arizona. She grew up in Los Angeles where she developed her love and passion for Judaic Education.

Rachel was a teacher in our program for three years before joining our full time staff at Kehillat Israel. You can usually find her prepping materials for our Project Based Learning lessons or kvelling over our students' progress in their Hebrew studies when they come in to take a test with her! In her free time, Rachel enjoys sports, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.

Rabbi Daniel Sher

Youth & Family Rabbinic Fellow

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Recently ordained as a rabbi, Rabbi Daniel Sher has joined our educational team after two terrific years as KI’s rabbinic intern. Daniel takes on a newly crafted position: Youth & Family Rabbinic Fellow, and he is charged with engaging all of KI’s families with children ranging in age from infancy to teens to young adults in our 20s and 30s group, Kehillat 20/30. On any given day you might find Daniel helping to lead Shabbat for our Parenting Center, on the floor with our two-year-olds leading Hebrew Through Movement, teaching our teens or preparing to lead Saturday morning Torah Study. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife, son and daughter.

Michelle Blumenthal

JEC Assistant Director, Experiential Education

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Michelle is a recent graduate of the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion whre she received her Master of Arts in Jewish education and a certificat in Jewish Organizational Leadership. Prior to graduate school, Michelle served as the Director of Jewston (Houston Hillel's community for Jewish 20somethings), Program Awssociate at the Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach, and Educatio nFellow at teh Woldring/Goldenberg Institute of Souther Jewish Life. Michelle earned her Bachelor's degree in Judaic Studies and Communication from the University of Arizona.

Michelle was our HUC-JIR Education Intern in 2018-2019 and is thrilled ot be back at KI to begin her new role as JEC Assistant Director of Experiential Education. In her spare time she enjoys hiking with her fiance, Elias, and their dog, Roxy, lounging at the beach, and baking challah.

Melissa Grant

JEC Executive Assistant

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Melissa earned her Bachelors in Business Administration from Western Michigan University and is an integral part of our JEC team. When she is not at KI she loves hiking and yoga. If she could have a superpower it would be teleportation!

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