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Ilan Adar
Director


Pauline Rosenberg
Assistant director
and 7th grade
 


Rabbi Debbi Till
Kesher, Confirmation,
and Bogrim

 


Cantor Renata Braun
Kesher, Confirmation,
and Bogrim


Rabbi Michael Silbert
Kesher


 

 

 


Kathy Adams
Sprouts (pre-K)


 

 

 


Jolie Baron
Kindergarten


Barbara Schwartz
1st grade


Bobbi Sarnov
2nd grade


Pamela Komorowski
3rd grade


Lindsey Hagan
4th grade


Rachel Greer
5th grade


Nira Mehlenbacher
6th grade


Alex Reeder
Music 


Leah Sherman
Music


Tori Madway
Classroom inclusion tutor


Ilan Adar (director) 

Ilan has been our director of education since 2005. Born and raised on a Kibbutz in Israel, he emigrated to the United States to pursue music education, earning a bachelor's degree in music performance from Indiana University's distinguished Jacobs School of Music. From there he went to the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, and back to the US to the University of Missouri for his doctorate. His musical background has helped put a unique stamp on our youth education program. Ilan and his wife, Yoka, have three grown children: Yaron, Michal, and Gilad.


Cantor Renata Braun (Kesher, Confirmation, and Bogrim)

Cantor Braun brings to her teaching both her love for children and her strong desire to inspire b'nei mitzvah students to remain engaged in Jewish life. Born and raised in Ukraine, she began her music studies at the age of four, ultimately receiving a master's degree in choral conducting from Donetzk State Conservatory in the Ukraine. In 1999, six years after immigrating the the United States, Cantor Braun received a master's degree in sacred music and was invested as a Cantor from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. Cantor Braun brings a wide range of musical styles to her Cantorate and is a passionate advocate of children and young adults as they develop their musical and Jewish selves. She and her husband, David Braun, have two sons, Daniel and Jonathan. Read more about Cantor Braun on our clergy page.


Rachel Greer (5th grade)

I have been a part of Temple Sinai since I was a little girl. I went through the SJLL, had my bat mitzvah, and then was a Madricha all through middle and high school. I was also part of both SAWCY and RATSY (youth groups) and participated in Confirmation and Bogrim. After high school, I moved to Israel and taught English. When I came back to Rochester, I was a substitute teacher and helped out at the school when I could. I started teaching 2nd grade, then took a break to finish a master’s degree in social work. In 2021–22, I'll be in my third year of teaching 5th grade. A member of the board of trustees, I was named Sinai's teen engagement leader in 2021, where I work with and oversee teens in creating and promoting teen-oriented social, cultural, and leadership programs.  


Lindsey Hagan (4th grade)

I'm thrilled to be starting my 7th year in 2021–22 teaching 4th grade. A native to the Rochester area, I grew up at Temple Sinai and attended SJLL myself. After college I returned to the area, where I began my career as a social worker and continued my connection to the Temple Sinai community. My connection here has been extremely meaningful. In addition to teaching at SJLL, I joined the board of trustees a couple of years ago and am now the vice president of religious practices.  

When I'm not at work or at Temple Sinai, I enjoy running, biking, and spending time with my dog. 


Pamela Komorowski (3rd grade) 








 


Tori Madway 







 


Nira Mehlenbacher (6th grade)







 


Alex Reeder (music)






 


Pauline Rosenberg (assistant director and 7th grade)






 


Bobbi Sarnov (2nd grade) 








 


Barbara Schwartz (1st grade)

This is my second-year teaching Sunday school at Sinai. Although, previous to our move to Rochester, I was a teacher/director for many years at our synagogue in Jamestown, New York. Unlike Temple Sinai, this synagogue was very small in numbers and those of us with education degrees stepped in to help the school. 

My Jewish background was very much an important part of my life. Growing up in a small town, with a very small Jewish population, made me feel special. My friends all knew, and respected, our differences.  And everyone in the synagogue felt like one big family.

And this is what I enjoy most about my job. Even though Sinai larger, it too feels very much like a family.  I hope to instill a love for Judaism among my students – as I have felt my entire life.


Leah Sherman (music)







 


Rabbi Michael Silbert (Kesher)

Rabbi Silbert is an experienced educator of Jewish teens and young adults. The leader of the congregation at nearby Temple Beth David, Rabbi Silbert was previously executive director and rabbi of the University of Rochester Hillel. He earned a masters degree in Jewish studies from the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College, in Newton, Massachusetts, and his undergraduate degree from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He also holds master's degrees in management of human services and Jewish professional leadership from Brandeis University.


Rabbi Debbi Till (Kesher, Confirmation, and Bogrim)

Rabbi Till is the leader of our congregation and a dedicated educator committed to congregants of all ages and stages. She believes group study helps foster connections; as she puts it, "something wondrous occurs when people come together to study and find themselves connecting not only to tradition, but also to one another." Rabbi Till brings that sentiment to young adults, helping our post-b'nei mitzvah teens find lasting meaning and connection to Judaism and to one another. A native of Toronto, Rabbi Till graduated from the University of Toronto, continuing her studies in New York at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute for Religion where she earned her master’s degree in Hebrew Literature and Rabbinic Ordination. Read more about Rabbi Till on our clergy page.

Sun, September 26 2021 20 Tishrei 5782