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The warmth and energy our clergy and lay leaders exhibit underscore the care and commitment they have to our congregational family. The professional team is available to get to know current and future members of our congregation, and we're always happy to sit down with you. Our leadership brings life to our community—their involvement and commitment to the organization is matched only by those yet to become involved in leadership. Each person plays a vital role in making KAM Isaiah Israel the vibrant and historic congregation we are, and the president and board of directors wants to help you find your role in our congregation, too. 

Our Clergy

Rabbi Frederick Reeves

Known foremost as a teacher of Torah, Rabbi Reeves brings a broad range of experience and intellect to his work as the spiritual leader of this great congregation. He believes that Jewish life should be open to all regardless of where on the Jewish path a person starts. He teaches that Jewish living, especially the celebration of Shabbat in a community, brings depth to life and enriches the spirit.

Equally likely to be found meeting at a cafe for a discussion, visiting someone at a hospital, counseling someone in need, or delving into the books in his study, Rabbi Reeves knows that each of these different moments is filled with its own spiritual character.

Prior to coming to KAM Isaiah Israel, Rabbi Reeves served as the Associate Rabbi of The Temple in Atlanta, Georgia. A native of Richmond, Virginia, Rabbi Reeves has a degree in French literature from the College of William & Mary. He earned an M.A. in Hebrew Letters and was ordained at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rabbi Reeves has five children: Violet, Asher, Levi, Hazel, and Judah. He and his wife, Lauren, love living in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago.
 

Cantor David Berger

Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Cantor Berger received a BA in Religious Studies from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, an MA in Philosophy at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and a Masters of Sacred Music and cantorial ordination at the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music. Cantor Berger also earned a certificate in Jewish education at the Melton Centre for Jewish Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He currently serves on the board of the American Conference of Cantors as the chair for Continuing Professional Development. As a performer, Cantor Berger is especially known for his expertise in traditional Ashkenazic chazzanut (cantorial singing) as well as his knowledge of Jewish world music.

Cantor Berger previously served as the cantor of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in New York City from 2005 to 2009 and then at Congregation Tikvat Jacob Beth Torah in Manhattan Beach, CA from 2009 to 2014. Cantor Berger frequently brings his son, Matan, to services at KAM Isaiah Israel. His husband, Rabbi D'ror Chankin-Gould, is the Assistant Rabbi at Anshe Emet Synagogue.

To hear excerpts of Cantor Berger's singing and music, visit www.cantordavidberger.com.
 

Our Leadership

2021-2022 Board of Directors

 

Officers Board Members  
Kineret Jaffe (President)
Suzanne Gossett (VP)
Brant Veilleux (VP)
Julie Volchenboum (VP)
Adam Shaw (Secretary)
Ruth Czarnecki-Lichstein (Treasuer)
Max Stein (Immediate Past President)
Sandy Davidson
Rebecca Janowitz
Crystal Johnson
Leslie Kay
Joan Pomaranc
Monica Rosen
Amy Wishnick
Jennifer Wong
Eleanor Coe
Paula Givan
Joel Roth
Janet Surkin
Layla Treuhaft-Ali
Regina Umanskiy
Erica Walker
Lisa Williams

Our Staff 

Andy Kirschner, Director of Community Engagement

Andy Kirschner has more than 10 years of experience combining coaching, facilitation and humor to engage diverse communities of leaders. Before coming to KAM Isaiah Israel, Andy was the Director of Alumni Relations at Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), successfully increasing their alumni network’s engagement with IFYC. Prior to that, he was living outside Washington DC where he consulted with Jewish and secular organizations focused on social justice and education. He also launched a successful fellowship at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington that was geared towards young, Jewish innovators. He eventually combined his passion for social justice and community organizing to help Jews United for Justice win multiple campaigns for social change in Maryland.

Andy is the Chair of the Board of Directors at Challah for Hunger, an organization that is building communities inspired to take action against hunger. He is currently completing a Masters of Jewish Professional Studies at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. He lives in the Hyde Park/Kenwood neighborhood with his wife and two young kids. Outside of work he enjoys long walks, runs or rides along Lake Michigan, exploring kid-friendly spaces around the city and traveling with family.


Scott Nelson, Director of Operations

Scott oversees daily operations and facilitates the many programs of KAM Isaiah Israel.  He became a member of the KAMII staff in 2020 and is a member of the National Association of Temple Administration.

An Atlanta, Georgia native, Scott graduated from the Conservatory for the Performing Arts at Point Park University and spent two decades working behind the scenes in the performing arts.  Highlights of his theatrical career include productions at the New York City Center, Sydney Opera House, Milan's Teatro Versace, London’s Barbican and the National Theatre of Bosnia.  

Scott lives in Buena Park with his husband, Cody, and their rescue dog, Kylian.  When not at work, he is usually in the kitchen perfecting his Gluten-Free recipes, exploring the city’s arts and restaurant offerings, brainstorming his next international vacation, and hiking through state parks. 


Lauren Reeves, Religious School Director

Lauren Reeves is the Religious School Director at Shoresh, the Shabbat-based religious school program at KAM Isaiah Israel in Chicago. Lauren is passionate about Jewish life and children, creative in programming and learning, and dedicated to developing Shoresh for learners and families. She has brought family education programs, interactive and experiential activities, and energetic, high-quality learning to Shoresh in her tenure. Lauren believes that Judaism is meaningful and accessible to learners of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.

Lauren has experience as the Family Activities Coordinator at The Temple in Atlanta, Georgia and teaching religious school, during which she developed a foundation of interacting with children and creating welcoming and interactive learning environments. With training in public health communications and after working with several member-based health organizations, Lauren’s passion for Jewish education led her back to congregational life. Lauren is an active volunteer at Reavis Elementary and serves on the leadership team of Teens on 53rd, an organization dedicated to engaging teens in Hyde Park on Halloween.

Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Lauren has a BA from Emory University and an MPA from Georgia State University. She, her husband Rabbi Frederick Reeves, and their children are often at KAM Isaiah Israel or exploring Hyde Park, Chicago.


Cassie Bey, Development Coordinator

Cassie Bey is the development coordinator at KAM Isaiah Israel. A Chicago native, Cassie has spent the last 6 years as a fundraiser and database administrator in Little Rock, Arkansas where she played a key role in planning and executing annual galas, planned giving programs, and donor development for the Arkansas Public Policy Panel and Arkansas Citizens First Congress.

In her free time, Cassie enjoys playing board games with her sisters, roller skating, and calmly explaining why the Star Wars prequels are the best.


Corey Caver, Facilities Coordinator

Corey is a dedicated leader of our facilities team. His commitment to KAM Isaiah Israel shines in his work and interaction with the congregation. Through early mornings and late nights, Corey and his team demonstrate how integral their work is to our congregation's success.

 


John Sefner, Building Supervisor

James Mackey Jr, Facilities Staff

Olga Pérez, Facilities Staff

Linden Smith, Work-Study Admin

Phillip Watson, Facilities Staff

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