Rabbi Ellen Lippmann is founder and rabbi of Kolot Chayeinu/Voices of Our Lives: Building a Progressive Jewish Community in Brooklyn. Rabbi Lippmann is the former East Coast Director of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, and former director of the Jewish Women's Program at the New 14th Street Y in Manhattan.
Rabbi Lippmann was co-chair and still sits on the board of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. She served as the first social justice chair for the Women’s Rabbinic Network and has served on numerous boards and advisory councils. She is the founder of the Soup Kitchen at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, and co-founder of the ten year-old Children of Abraham Peace Walk: Jews, Christians and Muslims Walking Together in Brooklyn in Peace.
Rabbi Lippmann was ordained in 1991 by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and also received there the degree of Master of Hebrew Letters. She holds a BA in English Language and Literature from Boston University and an MS in Library Science from Simmons College. Rabbi Lippmann and her partner are longtime Brooklyn residents and believe to be absolutely true what a Kolot Chayeinu member once said in jest: "IT DON'T GET ANY BETTER THAN BROOKLYN!" See Rabbi Lippmann's writings.
On March 20, 2013, Rabbi Lippmann was named by The Jewish Forward as one of 36 of America's Most Inspiring Rabbis Shaping 21st Century Judaism.
Cantor Lisa B. Segal is a founding member of Congregation Kolot Chayeinu and was ordained as a Cantor in May 2011 by the Academy for Jewish Religion (AJR) where she was blessed to study for six years, and where she served as Cantorial Director for two years (July 2012 - July 2014).
In partnership with Rabbi Ellen Lippmann, Cantor Segal is on the bimah almost every Shabbas, creates and leads all ranges of life cycle events, teaches in the Children’s Learning Program and B’nai Mitzvah Family Class, and works with Kolot members and other singers and musicians to enhance Kolot’s spiritual life.
Cantor Segal collaborates regularly with local Brooklyn and New York City Cantors and musicians in Jewish communal observances and holidays and has been a soloist with Brooklyn’s Shir Chadash Community Chorus for a number of years. Most recently, she appeared in D’var Shirah – Music Meets Text at the Red Sea at the Eldridge Street Synagogue, a benefit she created and produced for the Academy for Jewish Religion, featuring spoken word artists and Jewish musicians in improvisation (music directed by Frank London of the Klezmatics). Cantor Segal has appeared in a series of fundraising concerts she created for Kolot - “Off the Bimah!” - with a range of notable and innovative Jewish musicians including Joey Weisenberg, Marty Ehrlich, Marc Ribot, Alicia Jo Rabins, Roy Nathanson, Rob Burger, Alicia Svigals, Natasha Hirshhorn, Eve Sicular and Zoe B. Zak, and has performed with many cantors and choirs throughout the New York metropolitan area and beyond.
Cantor Segal was a featured artist in Zero Church: the Prayer Project with Suzzy and Maggie Roche (of the Roches) presented at St. Ann’s Warehouse in 2002. This experience and the support of Kolot Chayeinu propelled her to apply to Cantorial school after 15 years as a non-profit arts administrator at BAM and St. Ann’s Warehouse. Cantor Segal married Maggid/Midrash Writer and Performer Arthur Strimling 20 years ago just so she could be a lead character in one of the world’s great love stories. She and Arthur teach and perform together at synagogues and venues across the country. More about Lisa is available here.