Our Team

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Rabbi Barry Gelman

Rabbi Barry Gelman is rabbi of the Denver Kehilah. He has served in pulpit positions for over
twenty -five years. Previously, Rabbi Gelman served as Rabbi of United Orthodox Synagogues
of Houston, Congregation Shaar Hashomayim in Montreal, Canada, as well as Assistant Rabbi at
Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun and the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, both in New York City.

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Rabbi Jon Cutler

Rabbi Jon Cutler, a native of Philadelphia, is the rabbi of Beth Israel Congregation of Chester
County, PA. He earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from Temple University in
Religious Studies. He earned a Master of Hebrew Letters and received his ordination as a rabbi
from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, PA. He then earned his Doctor of
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Rabbi Leah R. Berkowitz

Rabbi Leah R. Berkowitz is rabbi of Congregation Kol Ami in Elkins Park, PA. She has strong
roots in eastern Pennsylvania, where she and her family belonged to Temple Sholom in
Broomall, PA. After many transformative experiences, both at URJ Camp Harlam and with the
North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY), she decided to become a rabbi.
Rabbi Berkowitz is a graduate of Brandeis University where she earned a B.A. in Near Eastern
and Judaic Studies and Journalism. She attended Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of
Religion where she earned a Master of Arts in Hebrew Literature (2007) and a Master of Arts in
Religious Education (2008). She was ordained as a rabbi at Temple Emanu-El in New York City
on May 4, 2008.

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Rabbi Jaymee Alpert

Rabbi Jaymee Alpert joined Congregation Beth David in Saratoga, CA, as Senior Rabbi in the
summer of 2018. She is passionate about Jewish life and strives to create a warm, inviting
atmosphere, where people from all backgrounds are welcome, and all questions are valid. She
cares deeply about interfaith, interdenominational, and community relations, and is an active
member of the Saratoga Ministerial Association and is on the board of the Addison-Penzak JCC.

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Rabbi Alexandria Shuval-Weiner

Rabbi Alexandria Shuval-Weiner is the Rabbi of Temple Beth Tikvah in Roswell, GA. She received her master’s degree in Jewish Studies, Master of Hebrew Letters, and ordination from HUC-JIR, Los Angeles. She also holds an M.Ed degree in School Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma and received her bachelor’s degree from Bar-Ilan University, double majoring in Education and the Humanities. Rabbi Shuval-Weiner previously served as Associate Rabbi of The Temple, Congregation B’nei Jehudah in Overland Park, Kansas. She is on the executive committee of the Atlanta Rabbinical Association and co-chairs GARC, the Greater Atlanta Reform Clergy group and sits on several other boards and committees in the Greater Atlanta community.


Rabbi Dahlia Kronish

Rabbi Dahlia Kronish is High School Associate Head at the Heschel School in New York, NY, where she has worked for over ten years. The daughter and granddaughter of rabbis, Dahlia grew up in Jerusalem. She was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. For many summers, Dahlia worked at Camp Ramah in New England and before that at the Ramah-Noam sleep away camp and the Ramah Day Camp in Israel. She also served on The Bronfman Fellowship Faculty.

Rabbi Michael Knopf

Rabbi Michael Knopf is the Rabbi of Temple Beth-El in Richmond, VA. Named one of “America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis” by The Forward, he is dedicated to helping contemporary Jews meaningfully engage with their tradition, each other, and the world. Among his signature initiatives at Temple Beth-El is The Havurah Project, a program that brings diverse groups of congregants and community members together for monthly Shabbat dinners in each other’s homes. He holds degrees from Columbia University (History, Cum Laude), the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (Talmud and Rabbinics, Magna Cum Laude), and the American Jewish University (Master of Arts in Rabbinic Studies, Rabbinic Ordination).

Rabbi Adam Kligfeld

Rabbi Adam Kligfeld is Senior Rabbi of Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, CA. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Columbia College, with a degree in psychology and Jewish history and was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, with a focus on Talmud. Previously, he served  at Congregation Eitz Chaim in Monroe, NY.  Rabbi Kligfeld is an active member of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California and a graduate of the Hartman Institute’s Rabbinic Leadership Initiative. He served on the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Conservative Movement for ten years and stimulated a process of self-review for the CJLS that culminated in a series of recommendations for its future work and progress.

Rabbi Dr. Jon Kelsen

Rabbi Dr. Jon Kelsen is Dean of Yeshiva Chovevei Torah in New York, NY, where he previously taught Talmud and Pedagogy. Previously, Rabbi Kelsen was Rosh Kollel of the Drisha Kollel as well as an adjunct faculty member at the Pardes Institute. He received ordination from Rabbis Daniel Landes and Zalman Nehemiah Goldberg. He holds an MA in Jewish Civilization from Hebrew University and received his doctorate in Education and Jewish Studies at New York University as a Wexner Graduate Fellow.

Rabbi Ari Kaiman

Rabbi Ari Kaiman is the Rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel in Atlanta, GA. Upon ordination, he served as Assistant Rabbi at Congregation B’nai Amoona in St. Louis for five years where he founded Makor, a young adult group. His partnership with the Miller Introduction to Judaism program brought dozens of seekers to their home in Judaism. He is part of the Rabbinical Assembly Cohort of the Pardes Mahloket Matters Fellowship. He believes deeply in a vibrant future for our rapidly changing Jewish community. One of his great joys is the work of turning this belief into reality together with his community. He received his Rabbinic ordination, with a concentration in Philosophy, from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies.