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RABBI AMY BERNSTEIN

Rabbi Bernstein became our Senior Rabbi in July 2014, after serving four years as Associate Rabbi. An Atlanta native, Rabbi Bernstein has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Cultural Anthropology from Northwestern University, where she also earned a certificate in Women’s Studies. She is also an alumna of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia. Her rabbinic training included one year as a visiting graduate student at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel.

Before coming to KI, Rabbi Bernstein was the rabbi of Temple Israel in Duluth, Minnesota for 14 years. As the only rabbi for several hours in either direction, she represented the Jewish community in the Greater Northland region. She served two terms as president of the Arrowhead Interfaith Council and six years on the Board of Trustees of the College of St. Scholastica, where she was also on the founding board of the Oreck/Alpern Inter-religious Forum. She was a scholar-in-residence for the Jewish Chautauqua Society and lectured widely throughout the Northland.

Outside of her rabbinical work, Rabbi Bernstein performs as a member of Three Altos, a vocal trio.

Rabbi Bernstein is the president of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California.

Rabbi Bernstein makes her home in Pacific Palisades with her partner, Judy Griffith, her daughter, Eliana, and their rescue Chihuahua, Olivia.

Contact Executive Coordinator at 424.214.7461
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CANTOR CHAYIM FRENKEL

In his 34 years as cantor of Kehillat Israel, Cantor Chayim Frenkel has built an impressive career marked by a series of exceptional musical accomplishments. Blessed with a rich, warm tenor voice and an ability to nurture others’ talents, Chayim has become a driving force in the world of modern Jewish music and cantorial practice, following in the very large footsteps of his late father, Hazzan Uri Frenkel.

 

Cantor Frenkel has commissioned and produced numerous recordings, including “Nishmat Tzedek – A Righteous Soul,” an orchestral and choral suite in honor of his brother Tzvi, of blessed memory. Chayim’s dear friend, the acclaimed Cantor Meir Finkelstein, composed the work. The composition had its world premier at KI in 1994. Cantor Frenkel and Meir expanded their recording into a book and compact disc package as a gift of healing to those who have lost loved ones in the ongoing terrorism that plagues our world.

 

In 1995, Cantor Frenkel served as executive director of Cantor Finkelstein’s moving oratorio, “Liberation,” commemorating the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps and in loving memory of his beloved mother, Shari Frenkel, who survived the Shoa.

 

In 1998, Cantor Frenkel served as co-chair of the Cantors Assembly’s celebration in honor of the State of Israel’s 50th anniversary. As part of these festivities, he performed at Carnegie Hall and produced a concert in New York’s Central Park, attended by over 10,000 people.

 

Cantor Frenkel has commissioned and produced numerous recordings and, in 2009, he launched KI tunes (kitunes.org), which offers free downloads of all the music of KI that he has produced. Chayim loves to travel, especially when leading KI family trips to Israel.

 

Cantor Frenkel lives in Pacific Palisades with his beloved wife, Marsi and daughter Molli, while his older daughter Mandi lives in Israel.

 

Contact Clergy Assistant at 424.214.7466
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RABBI EMERITUS STEVEN CARR REUBEN 


Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D., is Rabbi Emeritus of Kehillat Israel Reconstructionist Congregation in Pacific Palisades, California. He is a nationally recognized expert in the field of moral education and is the recipient of numerous community awards, including the Micah Award for founding the largest full-service homeless shelter in Los Angeles. He is also a recipient of the Unsung Hero Award from the Youth Law Center in San Francisco.

Steven has contributed to a wide variety of publications as an author and composer. He has written numerous books, including Raising Children in a Contemporary World (1992); Raising Ethical Children (Prima Publishing, 1994), and Children of Character: Leading Your Children to Ethical Choices in Everyday Life (Canter & Associates, 1997), A Non-judgmental Guide to Interfaith Marriage (Xlibris Corporation, 2002), and There’s an Easter Egg on Your Seder Plate: Surviving Your Child’s Interfaith Marriage (Praeger Publishers, 2008). His latest book is Becoming Jewish – The Challenges, Rewards, and Paths to Conversion (2011 Rowman & Littlefield).

Steven holds two bachelor’s degrees, in philosophy and political science, from the University of California, Davis; a master’s degree in education from the University of Southern California; certification in aging and human development from the University of Georgia; a Ph.D. in religion from Sierra University; and two honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees. He was ordained in 1976 by the Hebrew Union College.

He also is past president of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California. Steven has served on the boards of many non-profit organizations, including Chrysalis, Global Children’s Organization, I Have a Dream Foundation, and The Center for the Improvement of Child Caring.

Contact Clergy Assistant at 424.214.7466
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BOARD OF TRUSTEES

OFFICERS

Bernie Resser
President

trustees

Amy Bersch
VP Education

Robert Kors
VP Finance

Shelly Rosenberg
Secretary

Dana Entin
Auxiliary Groups

Emily Kane-Miller
Outreach

Yana Matlof
JEC

David Stern
Facilities 

Moira Tenzer
Advisor to the President 

Ellyce Cooper
VP Governance & Human Resources

Steven Lewis
VP Communications & Marketing

Dara Davis Beer
ECC

Sheri Green
B'nai Mitzvah

Lorie Kraus
At-Large Trustee

Mary Pierce
Social Action

     Gary Weinhouse
At-Large Trustee 

Jessica Dishell
VP Member Engagement

Matt Ross
VP Advancement

Mark Edelstein
At-Large Trustee

Laurie Haller
Communications

Amy Lehr
Social Justice

Mark Shinderman
At-Large Trustee

Carole White
Inreach 

staff

senior staff

Laurie Hasencamp
Executive Director

 

 

 

 

Rabbi Carrie Vogel

Director, Jewish Experience Center and Interim Director, Early Childhood Center

Rabbi Carrie Vogel serves as the Director of the Jewish Experience Center. Carrie oversees and works 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. She loves The Ohio State Buckeyes, hiking and reading.

Email Rabbi Carrie or call 310.459.1569

staff

Michelle Blumenthal
 Assistant Director of Experiential Education, Jewish Experience Center 

mblumenthal@ourki.org
 

Shirley Chacon

Early Childhood Center Office Administrator

schacon@ourki.org
424.214.7482

 

Masha Fleissig
Membership Coordinator

mfleissig@ourki.org
310.459.2328

Justin Grant
IT/AV Specialist

jgrant@ourki.org
424.214.7484

Melissa Grant
Jewish Experience Center Executive Assistant

mgrant@ourki.org
424.214.7482

 

Hannah Hochberg-Miller​​​​​​
B’nai Mitzvah Program Coordinator

hannahhm@ourki.org
424.214.7464

           

Daniel Leanse
B’nai Mitzvah Teacher & Cantorial Soloist

dleanse@ourki.org
424.214.7457

 
 

Alana Levitt
Associate Director, Early Childhood Center

alevitt@ourki.org

 

 
 

           

Tricia Nykin 
Associate Director of Member Engagement and Development

tnykin@ourki.org
424.214.7463

 
 

            

Rebecca Serot
Programs & Events Coordinator

rserot@ourki.org
424.214.7460

 
 
 
 

Rabbi Daniel Sher
Youth and Family Rabbinic Fellow 

rabbisher@ourki.org
310.459.2328

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Adam Simon
Director of Operations

asimon@ourki.org
424.214.7451

 
 
 
 

Missy Stanoff
Operations Coordinator

mstanoff@ourki.org
424.214.7466

Aliya Stuart

B'nai Mitzvah Teacher 

astuart@ourki.org

424-214-7467

Rachel Tichauer
JEC Director, On-Site Programs

rtichauer@ourki.org
424.214.7459

Kristina Wexler 
Assistant Controller

kwexler@ourki.org
424.214.7462

 

 

maintenance staff

James Carter
Assistant Site Supervisor

Rod Tualla
Site Supervisor

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