Rabbinic Search Committee Members

Cindy Greenberg (Co-Chair): I joined Kolot in 2000 or 2001, after first learning about the community through my professional work with Jews for Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ) and meeting Rabbi Lippmann in citywide efforts to fight poverty and address police brutality and misconduct; Kolot has been a dear part of my mishpucha ever since. I had the honor of serving on the Kolot Board for 12 years, and as President for six, and have been involved with many Kolot efforts over the years. Professionally, I work as an independent consultant with a wide range of organizations in the nonprofit and progressive sector; as a volunteer leader, I’ve been longtime involved with many progressive Jewish organizations. I grew up in California, but Brooklyn’s been my home for almost 20 years; I currently live in Flatbush. I’m white, Ashkenazi, queer, in my mid 40s, and a step-person to an amazing teenager who lives in CT.

Russell Langsam (Co-Chair): I am a nonprofit professional, having served over the past 15 years in New York in leadership roles at local, national and international social-good organizations. These experiences include work with inter-cultural, immersive, service-learning programs and organizations addressing educational access and success issues for public school students. My wife, Anne Sherman, and I joined Kolot in 2011. Our son Ben was called as a bar mitzvah in November 2016 and daughter Claudia is in Kitah Hay at Kolot's CLP.

Alana Krivo-Kaufman: I have been part of Kolot since 2010/2011 when I first taught Kitah Daled in the Children's Learning Program, have been part of Kolot's Mikveh ImmersionNYC lay learning team, co-led Locally Grown, coordinated High Holidays, and attended multi faith couples group with my partner CB! I'm also a committed Shabbat morning irregular. A midwesterner in Brooklyn, I work and hop around the East Coast as the Senior Regional Organizer at Jewish Voice for Peace, and have in the past been a JFREJ Grace Paley Organizing Fellow and the Social Justice Coordinator at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah.

Ami Kaplan: I am an 11 year member of Kolot. I served as the Gemilut Chasadim chair for 2.5 years, working closely with the Rabbi and Cantor. I also served on the What's Next team. I’m a Shabbat regular and a Torah-Study irregular.  My wife Elka and I are active community members. Professionally I am a Clinical Social Worker and Psychoanalyst specializing in Transgender individuals. I am a member of the Policy and Procedures committee of the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH) and have published in the field.

Arthur Strimling: I am an all but founding member of Kolot; Lisa and I were at the 2nd or 3d meeting around a kitchen table and have never been away. I was on the board for several years and President of the Board for two years. Presently I co-lead Torah study, attend services almost every week, serve on the Gemilut Hasidim Committee, deliver drashes at High Holidays and periodically throughout the year, and participate with Kolot members in social actions. Professionally, I am the Founding Artistic Director of Roots&Branches theater, a small community based ensemble of elder and young actors, and Director (eight years) of the Haym Salomon Division of the Arts of FEGS Health & Human Services (of blessed memory).

Jonathan Gold: I am Associate Professor in the Department of Religion at Princeton University, specializing in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism. My wife Heather Cristol and I have been coming to Kolot for almost 20 years. Our daughter Etta (15) went through the Kolot Learning Program and was Bat Mitzvah, and our son Milo (11) is on track for Bar Mitzvah next year. I especially enjoy the Torah Study group, where for the last few years I have led discussion during the first few weeks of Leviticus.

Josh Rubin: I live in south slope with my wife, Jennifer Hay, and our daughter, Olivia.   I am an attorney in the Affirmative Litigation division of the New York City Law Department. Jennifer and I began attending high holiday services in 5758 (1997) and I joined Kolot around 2004 when Olivia started attending the children's learning program ("CLP").  A few years later, i started Kolot's Education Committee to support the CLP and provide a more structured way for parents to engage with the program.  I served a three-year term on the Kolot board (2008-11, I believe). More recently, Arthur Strimling and I started Kolot's Jewish History Book Group. While I am not a Shabbat regular ("yet," Ellen would add), I like to give a d'var Torah once each year.  

Kim Felsenthal: I have been a member of Kolot for about 6 years. My partner and I have two children who are in the Hebrew school, Kitah Gimmel and B'nai Mitzvah 2. I am co-chair of the Education Committee and I am also involved with Kolot's multiracial families group (my son is African American). Professionally, I am a psychology professor teaching for over 11 years with a special research focus on gender and sexuality.

Nicole Fix: I started coming to Kolot's Torah Study three years ago, became a member shortly thereafter and serve on the Gemilut Chasidim committee. My fiction has appeared in journals such as Post Road Magazine and Nimrod International Journal and I am a recipient of the Elizabeth George Foundation Grant for emerging writers.  I was awarded an arts fellowship from the Drisha Institute for Jewish Learning where she spent two years studying traditional Jewish texts.  I co-founded the award-winning New York theater company, Page 73 Productions.  I have over 15 years experience managing non-profit and cultural organizations and am currently the Director of Finance at Young Audiences Arts for Learning.  

 

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