Amplify Israel Rabbinic Fellowship
for Reform Rabbis
First Cohort: October 2023–October 2024
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue is proud to announce the Amplify Israel Rabbinic Fellowship, a highly selective yearlong professional development program for early-career Reform rabbis to provide the tools and resources to incorporate Israel and Jewish peoplehood more fully into their practice.
This fellowship is made possible in part by the Lisa and Michael Leffell Foundation, the Maimonides Fund, the Paul E. Singer Foundation, and the Zalik Foundation Fund.
Seven-Day Symposium in Israel
Recognizing that there is no better way to gain a deep understanding of Israel — or form a committed community — than by traveling together, the fellowship’s seven-day symposium in Israel will focus on deepening your understanding of Zionist intellectual principles and today’s political, social and economic realities through meetings with leading Israeli and Palestinian thinkers.
Fellows will be matched with veteran Reform rabbis and experts in their fields who will dedicate their time to your growth and help you take your leadership to the next level. Together, you will set goals and develop the skill areas where you most wish to have impact.
Seminars in FL and NY
After the Israel seminar, you’ll join together with your cohort twice more in person — in Florida and New York — to strengthen your bonds and share experiences. In each seminar, we will engage and learn from leading state-side experts on Zionism today.
Online Study Sessions
We will meet remotely for five online study sessions with thought leaders. These study sessions will deepen our understanding of Zionism and Jewish peoplehood and provide a safe space for you to question the material being presented and to express any concerns and struggles.
Reform Zionist Network
The intimate nature of this program, along with the establishment of a private group on social media— The Reform Zionist Network — will work to continue strengthening your bonds as you serve as a resource for one another. Going forward, you’ll have each other’s backs whenever your views on Israel are confronted by challenges.
Meet The First Cohort of Amplify Israel Rabbinic Fellows
Rabbi Lindsey Danziger
Senior State Organizer, Religious Action Center
Rabbi Lindsey Danziger is a senior state organizer at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. She guides synagogues and clergy across the country in their work to organize and mobilize for justice. She is also an adjunct professor at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where she teaches community organizing.
Rabbi Danziger was ordained there in 2017 and also received a master’s in Religious education. She is a member of the Nashville Jewish Federation Board of Directors and the Aspen Institute Collective on Racial Justice and Religion, a national advisory council of faith leaders creating anti-racist religious spaces.
Rabbi Danziger resides in Nashville with her husband, Rabbi Michael Danziger, and their three children, Ben, Aviva, and Noa. She loves serving on the faculty of URJ Jacobs Camp in Utica, Mississippi. In her spare time, Lindsey loves to read, hike, paddleboard, and practice hot yoga.
Rabbi Josh Franklin
Senior Rabbi, Jewish Center of the Hamptons
East Hampton, New York
Josh Franklin is senior rabbi of the Jewish Center of the Hamptons. In his six years on East End, he has helped revitalize and grow the Jewish community through engaging programming, transformative classes, inspiring worship, and welcoming community outreach. Rabbi Franklin was named to the 2021 Schneps Media Powerlist, honoring the movers and shakers on the East End of Long Island. Dan’s Papers named Rabbi Franklin one of its “People of the Year: East Enders Who Made the World A Better Place in 2022.”
Before receiving his ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Rabbi Franklin attended Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, receiving both a bachelor’s and master’s in history. He previously served as a rabbi at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Rabbi Franklin resides in East Hampton with his wife Stephanie and their two children, Lilah and Amelia.
Rabbi Joshua Gischner
Rabbi Educator, Temple Shalom
Chevy Chase, Maryland
Josh Gischner is a creative and inclusive Jewish educator who grew up in Rockland County, New York. He is passionate about making the Jewish canon accessible to all ages and uses magic tricks, puppetry, theater, humor and other art forms in his work. Gischner is also a proud “Pioneer Staff Member” at URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy and founded Wrestling with Torah, a radically inclusive online Jewish learning community. He earned his master’s in Hebrew literature and religious education from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2020 and 2021, respectively, and was ordained as a rabbi in 2021. In his spare time, Gischner loves to experiment in the kitchen, paint and hang out with his pet parrot Charlie.
You can find him on TikTok and Instagram at @RabbiJoshG.
Rabbi Maya Glasser
Senior Rabbi, Congregation Ahavath Chesed
Rabbi Maya Glasser serves as senior rabbi of Congregation Ahavath Chesed in Jacksonville, Florida. She finds great meaning in sacred encounters between people and tradition. Her favorite parts of being a rabbi include connecting with congregants of all ages; learning and growing through classes, prayer and rituals; and striving to make our ancient texts new again.
Before arriving in Jacksonville, Rabbi Glasser was the assistant rabbi at Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She was ordained by Hebrew Union-College Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 2018, when she was awarded the college’s first-ever certificate in pastoral care and counseling. During rabbinical school, Rabbi Glasser interned in communities in Belarus, Arkansas, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Mississippi, completed two units of clinical pastoral education, and worked at the Association of Reform Zionists of America.
Rabbi Glasser was married to Jake Bayer z”l. In her free time, she loves listening to show tunes, enjoying her cats Moses and Aaron, and praying for the New York Mets.
Rabbi Samantha Kahn
Senior Associate Rabbi, Congregation B’nai Israel
Boca Raton, Florida
Rabbi Samantha Kahn strives to instill Jewish excitement, provide guidance, offer counsel, and uncover Jewish passions for all. An experienced educator, pastor, advocate, and preacher; Rabbi Kahn is also a meaning-seeker, equality-endorser, bigotry-opposer, mindfulness advocate, social justice champion and silly social media fan (find her on TikTok @prettyflyforarabbi).
Rabbi Kahn is also a longtime Israel lover, who believes that to be a Zionist in 2023 means to continually hope that someday Israel can and will find a way to live up to the values stated in its Declaration of Independence and thrive as a democratic Jewish state that not only defends Jewish lives and expands Jewish culture, but also exemplifies Jewish ethics and values of justice, while igniting Jewish hearts with pride worldwide.
Rabbi Kahn is honored to serve Congregation B’nai Israel in Boca Raton, Florida, as its senior associate rabbi.
Rabbi Kelly Levy
Associate Rabbi, Congregation Beth Israel
Rabbi Kelly Levy serves as the associate rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel in Austin, Texas. She previously served as the assistant and associate rabbi of Temple B’rith Kodesh in Rochester, New York. She was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2014 and received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Texas Tech University in 2007.
Rabbi Levy served on the Women’s Rabbinic Network board as the communications vice president and president and is currently serving a second term as immediate past president. She participates in the Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Clergy Advisory Council, serves as an Austin city leader for the Multi-Faith Neighbors Network, and sits on the admissions committee for the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the pastoral advisory committee for Scott & White Hospital. She is one of the founders and interim steering committee members of Spiritual Alliance of Communities for Reproductive Dignity.
She lives with her husband, two daughters, and their cat and dog in Austin.
Rabbi Allison Peiser
Temple Educator, Temple Emanu-El
Rabbi Allison Peiser has served as temple educator at Temple Emanu-El in Marblehead, Massachusetts, since 2019. Previously, she was the education director at Temple Beth Shalom in Melrose, Massachusetts, and campus director at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Rabbi Peiser started the path to the rabbinate as a junior in high school and EIE-NFTY semester in Israel participant. She experienced Judaism as a lived religion with a complicated history that could be observed in diverse ways.
Rabbi Peiser majored in Judaic and Near Eastern studies and sociology at Brandeis University. She spent a year at the University of Haifa, studied at Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, and attended the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, Pennsylvania. Rabbi Peiser’s goal is for every Jewish person to discover a meaningful Jewish identity and a sense of belonging to the Jewish people.
Rabbi Elana Rabishaw
Rabbi, Temple Beth El
Boca Raton, Florida
Elana Rabishaw is a rabbi at Temple Beth El in Boca Raton, Florida. She completed her studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles in 2022, and most recently worked as a rabbinic intern at Congregation Kol Ami in West Hollywood, California, before landing in Boca Raton. Rabbi Elana has worked at numerous synagogues throughout greater Los Angeles and as a student rabbi in Yakima, Washington. She also spent a summer working as a chaplain intern at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Rabbi Elana spent her summers at URJ camp OSRUI in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. She loved summers in Wisconsin so much that she attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Go Badgers!), where she earned her bachelor’s in community and nonprofit leadership and modern Hebrew. She earned her master’s in Hebrew letters from HUC-JIR in 2019, and her master’s in Jewish education in 2020.
She lives in Boca Raton, Florida, with her rescue doodle, Busby.
Rabbi David Reinhart
Associate Rabbi, United Hebrew Congregation
St. Louis, Missouri
Rabbi David Reinhart is the associate rabbi of United Hebrew Congregation in St. Louis. He received rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati in 2019 before serving as assistant rabbi of Temple Israel of the City of New York for three years.
A born-and-raised Midwesterner and product of the Reform movement, Rabbi Reinhart’s Jewish identity and love for Israel blossomed at the URJ’s Goldman Union Camp Institute in Zionsville, Indiana, where he spent two decades as a camper, counselor, unit head, director of Jewish education, and now serves on faculty. Rabbi Reinhart continued to develop his Zionism while at the University of Michigan and during rabbinical school through classes, fellowships, and several visits to Israel.
In his work at United Hebrew and beyond, Rabbi Reinhart’s goal is to build vibrant Jewish communities with deep connections to the people, land and state of Israel.
Rabbi Cantor Inna Serebro-Litvak
Rabbi Cantor, Temple Shalom
Succasunna, New Jersey
Rabbi Cantor Serebro-Litvak was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. She made aliyah to Israel in 1990 and pursued education at the Music Academy of Tel Aviv University. In 1997 she came to the United States. She studied at The Jewish Theological Seminary’s Miller Cantorial School and became the first woman from the former Soviet Union to graduate.
From July 2002 through June 2005, Inna served as cantor at Temple B’nai Or in Morristown, New Jersey. From 2005 to 2018, she was a cantor at Temple Beth Am in Parsippany, New Jersey. Rabbi Inna Serebro-Litvak received her ordination and master’s in Jewish studies from the Academy for Jewish Religion in 2016. From 2017 to 2018, Inna served at both Temple Beth Am and Temple Shalom as a solo clergy. In July 2018, she became the rabbi of Temple Shalom in Succasunna, New Jersey.
Rabbi Cantor Serebro-Litvak is married to Anatoly Litvak, and they have two daughters, Emily and Abigail.
Rabbi Sam Spector
Rabbi, Congregation Kol Ami
Salt Lake City, Utah
Sam Spector has been the rabbi of Congregation Kol Ami in Salt Lake City since 2018. Originally from Seattle, he attended the University of California San Diego, where he was an active brother of AEPi. Sam graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s in Judaic studies and was elected Phi Beta Kappa. He was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles in 2015.
Prior to arriving in Utah, he served as the associate rabbi of Temple Judea in Tarzana, California. He is currently a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and serves on the advisory board for the Salt Lake Chamber and the Christian Center of Park City.
He is an avid fan of baseball and an enthusiastic traveler, having been to over 60 countries. In his free time, you can find Sam playing with Nezek, his Brittany Spaniel, and Walter, his Chocolate Lab. He is married to Jill, and they are proud parents of two daughters, Miriam and Esti, and host parents of Yasamin, a high school student from Afghanistan.
Rabbi Jim Stoloff
Rabbi, Temple Avodat Shalom
River Edge, New Jersey
Since July 2019 Jim Stoloff has served as the Rabbi of Temple Avodat Shalom in River Edge, New Jersey. He hit the ground running with the lay leadership and professional staff, guided the community through the COVID-19 crisis, and continues to work toward strengthening Reform Jewish life in Bergen County. Previously he served as assistant/associate rabbi of Temple Israel of the City of New York from 2013 to 2019. Born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Rabbi Stoloff graduated with a bachelor’s in music history from the University of Memphis and was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati.
Rabbi Stoloff, his wife Charlotte Rocker, and their son Hudson live in Ridgewood with their cats, Albus and Minerva. An avid reader of sci-fi and fantasy in his spare time, Jim also enjoys the outdoors, traveling and anything pertaining to his past life as a musician.
Rabbi Natan Trief
Director of Adult Learning, Temple Sinai of Atlanta
Rabbi Natan Trief serves as Temple Sinai of Atlanta’s director of adult learning, overseeing all adult education programs and initiatives for the congregation. Especially passionate about Hebrew and Israel education, he strives to connect adults to the timeless wisdom of Jewish tradition. He is an adjunct writer for the MirYam Institute as well as host of the podcast “”Seeking Sinai,”” where he interviews and highlights unique and inspiring Jewish journeys.
Rabbi Natan’s own journey to the rabbinate was circuitous, including extended wanderings through Spain and the seven continents, working in corporate America, serving as a lone soldier in the Israel Defense Forces, and sailing across the Atlantic Ocean.
Natan is married to Rabbi Samantha Shabman Trief, whom he met while in rabbinical school in Jerusalem. They are the proud parents of five-year-old Rafael and two-year-old Maayan. Their lovable dog Huck completes the Trief family.
Rabbinic Fellowship Advisory Board
Rabbi Rosette Barron Haim
Auxillary Rabbi, Park Synagogue
Rabbi Rosette Barron Haim is the creator of Celebrating Jewish Life, a subscription series in Cleveland consisting of six Jewish holiday experiences for unaffiliated adults.
Ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1988, “Rabbi Rosie” is currently the auxiliary rabbi at Park Synagogue after having served as the associate rabbi at The Temple-Tifereth Israel until 2018.
Passionate about building Jewish community through meaningful worship and learning and dedicated to deepening connection to Israel, Rosie serves as the chairperson of the Israel Bonds Rabbinic Advisory Council and is a member of the National Board of AIPAC, the advisory board of the Zionist Rabbinic Coalition, Jewish Federation of Cleveland, the Cleveland Jewish News, and Cleveland United Way.
A Sephardic Jew with Turkish family origins, she is married to Marshall Barron and they celebrate Jewish life with their daughter Shira and son-in-law Adam.
Rabbi Joseph R. Black
Senior Rabbi, Temple Emanuel Denver
Rabbi Black is Temple Emanuel’s senior rabbi. He was rabbi of Congregation Albert in Albuquerque from 1996 to 2010 and assistant and associate rabbi at Temple Israel in Minneapolis from 1987 to1996. He received a bachelor’s in education from Northwestern University and his master’s and ordination from the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) Cincinnati. In 2012, he earned a doctorate of divinity from HUC-JIR.
Rabbi Black serves as chaplain in the Colorado House of Representatives and is past president of the Rocky Mountain Rabbinical Council. In Albuquerque, he volunteered with Albuquerque Academy’s board of trustees, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra’s board of trustees, Roadrunner Food Bank, Presbyterian Hospital’s ethics committee, the Martin Luther King Multi-Cultural Council, New Mexico Organ Donor Service and New Mexico Religious Coalition for Inclusion and Non-discrimination. He was a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis) and the Union for Reform Judaism/CCAR commissions for religious living and youth.
Rabbi Black has five critically acclaimed Jewish music albums, two children’s books featured by PJLibrary, a songbook and two videos. Moment Magazine named him a top 10 artist in the categories Jewish of children’s music and male, adult contemporary Jewish music. He and his wife Sue share two children, Elana and Ethan.
Rabbi David Gelfand
Rabbi, Temple Israel of the City of New York
Rabbi David Gelfand of Temple Israel of the City of New York is passionate about teaching Jewish values. An outspoken voice for social justice, interfaith relations and inclusion, he has been recognized by the World Union for Progressive Judaism with an “International Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Pursuit of Justice,” and is an honorary WUPJ board member. He serves on the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s board of governors.
Previously rabbi of the Jewish Center of the Hamptons, he began his career at Temple Beth-El in Great Neck, New York. He also served Har Sinai in New Jersey and Fairmount Temple in Ohio. He served as national officer at the Interfaith Alliance in Washington, D.C., promoting dialogue and civility for over a decade. He has been active in a number of Zionist and Israeli organizations and institutions, including AIPAC.
He and his wife Kathy, who share four children, reside in New York City and East Hampton.
Rabbi David Gerber
Senior Rabbi, Congregation Gates of Prayer
Rabbi David Gerber is an innovative and dedicated Jewish leader who has been serving as the senior rabbi of Congregation Gates of Prayer since 2018. An active member of the New Orleans Clergy Council and the Interfaith Council, he is also a regular contributor and collaborator with the National World War II Museum and serves on the Rabbinic Council of Zioness and StandWithUs.
Rabbi Gerber is known for his passion for innovative programming and engagement, exemplified by the success of Gatesfest, Metairie’s premier music and arts festival, and the congregation’s $1 million investment to ensure that students can afford Jewish summer camp. He is also passionate about teaching topics such as mussar, Talmud, and the supernatural, and frequently speaks at local high schools and colleges about combating antisemitism.
Rabbi Gerber is married to his better half, Lauren, who serves as the head of the Parent’s Association at the Jewish Community Day School where their children, Paige and Tessa, attend. Together, they live in Metairie with their two dogs and three cats.
Rabbi Edwin Goldberg
Senior Rabbi, Congregation Beth Shalom of The Woodlands
Rabbi Edwin Goldberg serves as the rabbi of Congregation Beth Shalom of The Woodlands. He received his rabbinic ordination and doctorate in Hebrew literature from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
Rabbi Goldberg is the author of many books including:“Swords and Plowshares: Jewish Views of War and Peace,” “Love Tales from the Talmud” and “Saying No and Letting Go: Jewish Wisdom on Making Room for What Matters Most.”
He was the coordinating editor of the Reform Jewish High Holy Day prayerbook, “Mishkan HaNefesh.” Recently, he was the co-editor of “Because My Soul Longs for You.” Additionally, Rabbi Goldberg serves as the editor of the CCAR journal, “The Reform Jewish Quarterly,” and he is president of the Houston Rabbinical Association.
Rabbi Jonathan L. Hecht, Ph.D.
Senior Rabbi, Dean of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Cincinnati
Rabbi Jonathan L. Hecht in the dean of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s Cincinnati campus.
He was ordained in 1987 by HUC-JIR and received his doctorate in Jewish history at New York University in 1993. Interested in medieval Jewish history and mysticism, he has taught at HUC-JIR, Jewish Theological Seminary, Stony Brook University, Hofstra University and Hunter College.
Active in Jewish camping and youth work, community organizing, innovation and congregational system design, Rabbi Hecht served as a chaplain in the New York Air National Guard for 10 years and as a congregational rabbi for 25 years before assuming his current role. Deeply engaged in Jewish learning, Rabbi Hecht is also senior rabbinic fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute and has spent much time traveling to Israel. He has also spent time in France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and Russia.
Rabbi Hecht is a golfer and a road cyclist, and enjoys crossword puzzles, reading, museums and movies. He and his wife, Gladys Rosenblum, reside in Cincinnati’s Hyde Park neighborhood.
Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch
Senior Rabbi, Stephen Wise Free Synagogue
Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch is the senior rabbi of Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in New York. With a fiery voice, a listening heart and a brilliant mind, Rabbi Hirsch articulates a clear vision for the survival and success of American Judaism while tending compassionately to the needs of his growing congregation. In 2018, The Jerusalem Post named him among “The 50 Most Influential Jews of the Year” and City & State praised him as “the borough’s most influential voice” for Manhattan’s more than 300,000 Jews.
Prior to his arrival at Stephen Wise, he served for 12 years as executive director of the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA), the Israel arm of the North American Reform movement. An accomplished teacher, author and public speaker, he is also a trained lawyer and a veteran of the Israel Defense Forces.
Rabbi Jonathan Jaffe
Senior Rabbi, Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester
Rabbi Jonathan Jaffe serves as senior rabbi for Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester. He also serves as co-chair of the Chappaqua Interfaith Committee and sits on Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s President’s Rabbinic Council and AIPAC’s National Rabbinic Council, and is a fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Rabbinic Leadership Initiative. Before arriving at Temple Beth El, Rabbi Jaffe served as rabbi and education director of Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco, where he sat on the boards of the Jewish Community Federation’s Peoplehood Commission, the San Francisco Interfaith Coalition and the Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis and wrote a column for J. The Jewish News of Northern California.
Rabbi Jonathan Jaffe was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He attended Camp Ramah in Ojai, California, and later served as education director for URJ Camp Newman in Santa Rosa, California. He received his bachelor’s in philosophy and history from Duke University and studied abroad at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Prior to his ordination, Rabbi Jaffe served student pulpits in Great Falls, Montana, and Las Vegas and he spent a year working as the education director of Temple Beth Torah in Fremont, California, and creating the San Francisco Bureau of Jewish Education’s Teen-to-Teen program.
Rabbi Neal Katz
Rabbi, Congregation Beth El
Neal Katz has been the rabbi of Congregation Beth El in Tyler, Texas, since his ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2003.
Neal is active in a number of nonprofit organizations in Tyler. He has served as the board chair for the Hospice of East Texas and the Mosaic Counseling Center and he is presently the chair of The Tyler Loop, a local journalism project. Neal currently serves on the Texas Freedom Network’s statewide board and is secretary of the Southwest Association of Reform Rabbis. Neal is also a member of the Zionist Rabbinic Coalition.
Neal is also a musician, with four solo CDs to his name. He and his wife Jennifer have three children — two in college and one in high school.
Rabbi Jan Katzew, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Emeritus, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Rabbi Jan Katzew, Ph.D., is associate professor emeritus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where he taught Jewish thought and education, and was director of service learning and senior educator of the EMA program. Jan was ordained in 1983 and after serving as a rabbi/educator at The Community Synagogue in Port Washington, New York, when he was a Jerusalem fellow, he earned a doctorate from the Hebrew University.
For 15 years Jan led a team that comprised the department of lifelong Jewish learning and the Reform movement’s Commission on Lifelong Learning at the Union for Reform Judaism. In that capacity, he was responsible for designing, developing and supporting educational resources for early childhood centers, congregational schools, day schools and adult learning communities throughout the world. Jan’s educational vision and work were deemed worthy of grants from the Jim Joseph Foundation and the Covenant Foundation. Since the iCenter for Israel Education’s inception in 2008, Jan has been a consultant there, mentoring students from multiple graduate schools and seminaries. Jan is the author of popular and scholarly articles in multiple fields that include Israel education, interfaith dialogue, mussar, medieval Hebrew poetry, moral Development, and educational philosophy and practice.
Rabbi Marc Kline
Interim Senior Rabbi, Ohev Sholom
Rabbi Marc Kline retired his law license to go to Rabbinical school. Ordained in 1995, he now serves as interim senior rabbi at Temple Ohev Sholom in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Over his career, Rabbi Kline has served in three previous communities rebuilding congregations; consulted with many on matters of vision and leadership training; and been active in justice and interfaith work regionally and globally. Marc’s primary focus as a rabbi roots in a several-thousand-year-old precept found in Pirkei Avot: “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what good am I? If not now, when?” He works to bridge the chasms that alienate people from each other. In that role, he has served in many local, regional, national, and international leadership capacities.
Rabbi Kline has served on a number of rabbinic missions to work for peace and pluralism in Israel, in roles on the rabbinic council of ARZA and J-Street, and in an advisory capacity with Taghyeer, a national Palestinian empowerment organization. Through his board memberships with Being the Blessing and the Jerusalem Peace Institute, Rabbi Kline works to promote equity and equality for marginalized people on an international level.
Rabbi Dan Levin
Senior Rabbi, Temple Beth-El of Boca Raton
Rabbi Dan Levin serves as senior rabbi of Temple Beth El of Boca Raton, Florida. He seeks to synthesize the spiritual wisdom found in Jewish text and tradition with our contemporary lives while fostering opportunities for transformational learning, spiritual experience, moral growth, community service, and social justice, and creating connections to the people and the state of Israel.
Rabbi Levin has served Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion as a member of the Alumni Leadership Council, as an original member of the President’s Rabbinical Council, and as a partner in the Kalsman Institute for Judaism and Health. He serves on the Central Conference of American Rabbis’s Budget and Finance Committee and is a past president of the southeast region of the CCAR. He also served as a member of the Reform Movement’s Think Tank.
He was a featured writer for the Union for Reform Judaism’s “Ten Minutes of Torah,” and is a panelist with the American Religious Town Hall. Rabbi Levin is also an active alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship and a senior rabbinic fellow with the Shalom Hartman Institute. He studies with the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
Rabbi Bennett Miller
Rabbi Emeritus, Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple
Rabbi Bennett F. Miller served as senior rabbi of Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and is the congregation’s first rabbi emeritus. He is a member of the Union for Reform Judaism’s board of trustees and of the faculty at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and is co-chair of the URJ’s newly established Israel Reform Zionism Committee. Rabbi Miller previously served as national chair of the Association of Reform Zionists of America, is a past president of the New Jersey Association of Reform Rabbis and of the New Jersey Coalition of Religious Leaders, and held numerous leadership positions at other organizations. A native of Rochester, N.Y., earned his master’s from and was ordained by HUC-JIR in Cincinnati.
The author of two books, “Reform Jewish Identity: Developing A Program Of Ministry To Guide The New Member Of A Reform Synagogue to Mature Jewish Living” and “Siduree: A Prayerbook For Young Children, The Songs Of Anshe Emeth For Shabbat,” and numerous creative worship services, Rabbi Miller has also been published widely in the press. He and his wife Joan live in Monroe Township, New Jersey, and are the proud parents of two daughters and grandparents to their combined six children.
Rabbi Geri Newburge
Senior Rabbi, Main Line Reform Temple
Rabbi Geri Newburge is the senior rabbi at Main Line Reform Temple in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. Previously, she served as the associate rabbi at Temple Emanuel in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, from 2003 to 2013.
Rabbi Newburge is highly involved with creating connections with congregants, innovating liturgy, social action, youth, and Religious School programming. She grew up in South Florida and graduated from the University of Miami (at the time of this writing both the men’s and women’s basketball teams are in the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA basketball tournaments) with a bachelor’s in religious studies and then moved to California to pursue a master’s in religion at the Claremont School of Theology. Rabbi Newburge was ordained in May 2003 from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati and is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.
She is married to Rabbi Eric Goldberg, rabbi educator at Congregation Shir Ami in Newtown, Pennsylvania, and they are the proud parents of their son, Jay.
Rabbi Debbie Pine
Rabbi Debbie Pine works for Hillel International as the campus support director for schools in Florida and Indiana, along with George Washington University and Harvard University. She was the Hillel director at Hopkins for nine years and at Tulane for three years and worked for two years at the Baltimore Federation before returning to Hillel to assume her current role.
Rabbi Pine previously served congregations Rodef Shalom in Pittsburgh and Rodeph Shalom in Philadelphia for 13 years, focusing on youth and family education, music and informal education. Debbie was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion after graduating from Oberlin College. She has three adult children with her husband, Rabbi Andrew Busch.
Rabbi Eric Polokoff
Rabbi Eric Polokoff is B’nai Israel of Southbury’s founding rabbi and has serving there since 1997. As a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and Yale Divinity School, he is now a dedicated teacher, pastor, speaker and community leader. He is proud of his congregation’s Israel advocacy and its work with the Anti-Defamation League, AIPAC and Jewish National Fund. Rabbi Polokoff is a member of ADL’s Connecticut executive committee and serves as an ADL associate national commissioner. He also moderates the Southbury Clergy Association, chairs the Connecticut Community Foundation’s Pathways for Older Adults Committee, is an ex officio member of the Jewish Federation of Western Connecticut, and is associate chaplain of the Taft School.
Rabbi Polokoff is known regionally as one of “The Three Amigos” for his work with a monsignor and an imam to extend interfaith understanding. He has two adult daughters with his wife, Dr. Ellen Polokoff.
Rabbi Rena Rifkin, RJE
Rabbi Rena Rifkin, RJE, received her master’s in Jewish education from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s Rhea Hirsch School of Education in 2008 and was ordained by HUC-JIR in 2010. During her time as a student, she was a Mandel Fellow for clergy-educators and worked in various communities throughout Los Angeles and New York City, including Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills and Temple Shaaray Tefila in New York.
Following ordination, she served North Shore Synagogue in Syosset, New York, as the director of lifelong learning, and most recently was coordinator of faculty and family engagement at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan.
Rabbi Rifkin grew up at and continues to have strong ties with the URJ Camp Eisner and she is a member of the Association of Reform Jewish Educators’ board. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, Scott, and their three children, Eden, Simon and Micah.
Rabbi Brigitte Rosenberg
Rabbi Brigitte Rosenberg is the senior rabbi of United Hebrew. She is the chair of the St. Louis Jewish Federation Israel and Overseas Committee and is a member of the Zionist Rabbinic Coalition.
Rabbi Rosenberg is a past president of the St. Louis Rabbinical Association and past chair of the Jewish Fund for Human Need. She has served on the boards of the St. Louis Jewish Federation and St. Louis Hillel Foundation and Nishmah: The St. Louis Jewish Women’s Project, and she chaired the 2015 convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.
A graduate of Boston University, with a bachelor’s in religion and culture, Rabbi Rosenberg received her master’s in Hebrew letters and her rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Cincinnati in 2001 She and her husband H. Lee share three children: Zoë, Joseph and Sadie.
Rabbi Jeff Salkin
Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin is one of American Judaism’s most prolific and quoted rabbis. His blog, “Martini Judaism: for those who want to be shaken and stirred,” published by Religion News Service, won a 2022 Wilbur Award from the Religion Communicators Council for best religion blog of the year, as well as two previous awards. His essays have appeared in the Washington Post, Commentary, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, Tablet, Mosaic, Forward and JTA. He has discussed the American political scene on CNN and the BBC and has contributed articles to scholarly journals. His 10 books discuss such subjects as b’nai mitzvah, Israel, masculinity, and Jewish culture, and include three Torah commentaries.
He delivered the keynote on religion and spirituality at the world-famous Chautauqua Institution, where he also participated in interreligious dialogues in international forums. His colleagues have described him as “courageous,” “always relevant,” and “one of American Judaism’s true public intellectuals.” His new book on the future of liberal Judaism will be published this autumn.
Rabbi Salkin most recently served as the interim rabbi of Temple Israel in West Palm Beach, Florida, and his hobbies include music, movies, bicycling, and consuming vast quantities of coffee.
Rabbi Judith Lazarus Siegal
Rabbi Judith Lazarus Siegal is honored to be the senior rabbi of Temple Judea. Originally from New Orleans, Rabbi Siegal was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in May 2006 with a master’s in Hebrew literature. She also has a master’s in social work from the University of Texas in Austin. She has served as a rabbi at Temple Judea in Coral Gables, Florida, since her ordination, and became the senior rabbi in 2014.
Rabbi Siegal currently serves on the executive committee of the Rabbinical Association of Greater Miami, on the board of the Southeast Area Council of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and was the vice president of programming for the CCAR. She is a past chair of the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews Interfaith Clergy Dialogue and was awarded the Clergy Silver Medallion in 2018. She has been a fellow for the Jewish Outreach Institute’s Big Tent Judaism Professional Affiliates and has studied at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center, as well as the Mussar Institute, and she is always looking for new and interesting study opportunities. She received the Clergy of the Year award in 2014 and was selected as one of the 2020 Florida Influencers by the Miami Herald.
Rabbi Siegal is married to Brian Siegal, who is the director of the American Jewish Committee of Miami and Broward, and they have three children, Ben, Josh, and Ella.
Rabbi Yael Splansky
Senior Rabbi, Holy Blossom Temple of Toronto
Rabbi Yael Splansky celebrates 25 years with Holy Blossom Temple, Toronto’s first synagogue. She became the congregation’s 13th senior rabbi in 2014. Rabbi Splansky currently serves as president of the Toronto Board of Rabbis, on the Beit Din of the Reform Rabbis of Greater Toronto, on the President’s Rabbinic Council of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and as vice president of the Reform Rabbis of Canada. Three highlights of her leadership in the North American Reform Movement were leading thousands in Shabbat prayer at the 2015 Union for Reform Judaism Biennial, giving the Ordination Address to the HUC-JIR Class of 2018, and serving as a vice president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis from 2019 to 2021.
Rabbi Splansky is a rabbinic fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute, the editor of “Siddur Pirchei Kodesh” and author of the URJ’s “Reform Voices of Torah: 2012 Commentary on Deuteronomy,” and she was a monthly contributor to The Canadian Jewish News for seven years.
Rabbi Splansky has the unique privilege of being a fourth-generation Reform rabbi. Together with Adam Sol, she raises three mensches.
Rabbi Andrea Steinberger
Rabbi, Hillel at the University of Wisconsin
Rabbi Andrea Steinberger is in her 25th year serving as rabbi at Hillel at the University of Wisconsin. She received a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and her master’s and ordination from the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati in 1997. In 2022, she was awarded a doctorate of divinity by HUC-JIR.
At Hillel, Rabbi Steinberger provides opportunities for students on the UW campus to explore spiritual practices, experience Jewish learning, ask difficult questions and come together for Shabbat and holidays. She helps students create and expand their Jewish lives and practices during their college years and represents Hillel in the larger Jewish and university communities.
Rabbi Steinberger has served on the Central Conference of American Rabbis board as well as a chair of the clergy task force for Jewish Women’s International. She has participated in Israel cohort learning and facilitated student groups with the Shalom Hartman Institute and Resetting the Table.
Rabbi Steinberger loves biking, swimming, dancing, laughing and sitting still. There are too many books and not enough time. She has three adult children with her husband, UW Hillel Executive Director Greg Steinberger.
Rabbi Cantor Alison Wissot
Rabbi Cantor Alison Wissot is best known for her joyful spirit, soulful singing and passion for Jewish learning. In her 21st year at Temple Judea of Tarzana, California, and jointly ordained as rabbi and cantor, Alison is dedicated to revitalizing worship, integrating the ancient sounds of Jewish tradition with contemporary music, and making the beauty and joy of Jewish texts and liturgy accessible to all.
Alison’s training includes master’s in sacred music and Hebrew letters, as well as her double ordination, from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institue of Religion, a bachelor’s from Wesleyan University, and certificates from British American Drama Academy in London, William Esper Studios in New York, and the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. Alison is currently a visiting instructor at HUC-JIR in LA.
She has served on the executive council of the Cantors Assembly, and the board of directors of StandWithUs, Rabbis United and AKLA, and she is an active leader in the American Conference of Cantors and the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Alison has worked as an actress in New York and London and was awarded a Spielberg Fellowship to teach Jewish theater.
A native of the San Fernando Valley, Alison resides in Porter Ranch with her husband, Michael, and children Jacob, Abby and Daniel.
Rabbi David Woznica
Rabbi David Woznica has served Stephen Wise Temple in Los Angeles since 2004. In addition to his pulpit responsibilities, he created the temple’s Center for Jewish Life — with an extraordinary lecture series and one of the largest Melton schools in the United States. He is the first recipient of the Rabbi Isaiah Zeldin Rabbinic Chair, established in memory of the congregation’s founding rabbi.
Rabbi Woznica began his career at the 92nd Street Y in New York, where he was named founding director of the 92Y Bronfman Center for Jewish Life. Over an 11-year period, he is credited for creating one of the most distinguished and dynamic centers of Jewish life in the world. Over the past 30 years, at both the 92Y and at Stephen Wise Temple, Rabbi Woznica has been in dialogue with nearly 100 international figures — including Elie Wiesel, Rabbi Harold Kushner, Sen. Joseph Lieberman, Dr. Deborah Lipstadt, Alan Dershowitz, Eric Garcetti, Adin Steinsaltz, David Brooks, Cynthia Ozick, and Rev. John Hagee — gathering a total of some 70,000 attendees. He is among the Young President’s Organization’s highest-rated speakers, and has given speeches at synagogues and Jewish organizations throughout the United States as well as in Canada and South America.
He shares his life with his wife Beverly Woznica and they are the proud parents of two young men.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes — we can’t wait to review your application!
The Amplify Israel Rabbinic Fellowship will differ in many significant ways from the AIPAC Leffell Fellowship:
- You have traded in your student ID for real-life professional experience. While the topic of Israel is dynamic, so are you. Assessing material from your perspective as a rabbi today will yield significantly different observations than when you were a student.
- Cross-denominational conversations may help develop and elucidate an understanding of values that are denominationally specific. The Amplify Israel Rabbinic Fellowship will focus entirely on Reform Judaism and the Reform settings in which you function as a professional.
- We promise the material will be new to you. You will learn and grow in this program.
Yes. Let us know you are interested and when to anticipate scheduling conflicts. We will try our hardest to make everything work out.
We will accept a minimum of 10 rabbis into this cohort. We continue to seek funding for this initiative to expand the number of participants. Should we receive more funding, we will consider growing this initiative to up to 15 participants.
Through the application process, you will identify the areas in which you wish to accomplish significant growth. You will be paired based on a mutual interest in that area, along with other factors. Should you be dissatisfied with your match, it can be changed.
The Amplify Israel Rabbinic Fellowship is a project of Amplify Israel: A Stephen Wise Free Synagogue initiative. Stephen Wise Free Synagogue is a 501(c)(3) religious organization (Tax ID #13-1628215) and any donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowable by law.