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Kol Emet Leadership

Professional Staff

Rabbi Anna Boswell-Levy
rabbianna@kolemet.org
215-493-8522 ext. 101

Rabbi Anna Boswell-Levy has served as the rabbi and spiritual leader of Congregation Kol Emet since July 2014. She is a creative educator, service leader, and ritual maker, infusing song and spirit into her services and teachings. She is at heart a congregational rabbi, and is passionate about helping individuals and families find meaning and purpose during life's peaks and valleys, and the quieter yet precious moments in between. Rabbi Anna places a high emphasis on relationships based on trust and mutual respect. She is dedicated to the creation of healthy and inclusive congregations where every voice can be heard.

Prior to coming to Kol Emet, Rabbi Anna served for six years as the rabbi and education director of Tzedek v'Shalom, a Reconstructionist community also located in Bucks County. In the last six years, Rabbi Anna has built important ties to larger Bucks County Jewish, interfaith, and faith-based groups. She is an active member of the Newtown Ministerium, and has been a regular participant in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Service, as well as a guest preacher at local churches. She served as the chair of the Bucks County Rabbis Council and worked with area rabbis to organize the first interdenominational Introduction to Judaism class in Bucks County.

Rabbi Anna was raised in a family that consciously chose Judaism; through educating their children and becoming involved in Jewish community, her mother made the decision to convert to Judaism and her father decided to become a cantor as a second career. As a result, Rabbi Anna is passionate about and sensitive to the inclusion of diverse American cultural and religious backgrounds in synagogue life and Jewish lifecycle celebrations.

Rabbi Anna’s experiences in Israel were a foundational part of her decision to become a rabbi and sparked a passion for social justice. Rabbi Anna has lived and studied in Israel on four separate occasions, the first time as a 12 year-old when her father was beginning cantorial school. While studying in Israel during rabbinical school she was an Aaron Zeigelman Social Justice Fellow and interned for Bat Shalom, an Israeli feminist peace organization. Rabbi Anna was part of the first American Jewish World Service rabbinical student delegation to El Salvador 2004, where she learned first-hand the effects of globalization on the local economy and rural poor families. An influential trip in her rabbinate, she recently visited Immokalee, Florida to witness the living and working conditions of migrant farmworkers. She is proud to serve as the Board co-chair of T'ruah (formerly Rabbis for Human Rights - North America) and has served on its board since 2005.

Rabbi Anna is a 2006 graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She is a member of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association and is a former board member of RENA: Reconstructionist Educators of North America.

Rabbi Anna lives in Huntingdon Valley, PA with her husband Josh, an attorney, and their 2 year-old daughter Adar. They are sources for much laughter, inspiration, and continued devotion to Jewish life.

 

Carrie Shames-Walinsky
Educational Director
cwalinsky@kolemet.org

215-493-8522 ext. 103

My first religious school experience was in an old, dark and moldy building in New York City. We all sat, hands crossed, petrified to share or speak, 2 hours a day, 5 afternoons a week. It was then I thought to myself, there has got to be a better way! And so, 10 years later, when I chose my profession, I committed myself to improving the plight of Jewish education for children. Since then it has been a learning experience every year. Just when I think I've seen it all, there is another issue or idea evolving.

Throughout the years, I have committed the school, and style of teaching, to retain 4 very important values. The first is to treat every child with dignity and respect. The second is to use every moment in school as a teaching moment. The third is to combine fun, creativity and hands on experience within our school. And the fourth is to constantly listen to parents and students and adapt to meet the needs of our community.

My education includes graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Rutgers University. I have also studied abroad at Tel Aviv University, and I attended graduate school at the Jewish Theological Seminary and Gratz college. My employment experiences have always been at synagogue schools where I have been a teacher in preschools and religious schools and held directorships in both Early Childhood and Religious education.

Personally I have lived, studied, traveled and worked in Israel. I am married, and have 4 children who keep me very busy with ice hockey, wrestling and soccer. In my free time I enjoy family time, and design and painting Ketubot (Jewish marriage contracts).

Working at Congregation Kol Emet has been a dream come true. Because the Reconstructionist Movement is so open and flexible, I am able to use my creativity and enthusiasm to educate students of all ages.

 

 

 

Bob Frey
Executive Director
bfrey@kolemet.org
215-493-8522 ext. 113

Bob has spent many years working in the social services field, including 20 years in the field of Jewish Communal Service.

A lifelong resident of the Philadelphia/Bucks County region, Bob graduated from Temple University with a degree in Psychology in 1972. After a successful career as a Center Director and Program Director for people with disabilities with the City of Philadelphia, Department of Recreation, Bob crossed the river and began his career with the Jewish Community Center of the Delaware Valley in Ewing in 1987. He held various positions there, ranging from the Physical Education and Aquatics Director to Camp Director, Program Director, and for the past 13 years, the center’s Executive Director.

Bob developed a passion towards providing programs for people with disabilities during his years with the Department of Recreation. He continues to direct the Carousel Recreation and Socialization Program for People with Disabilities which he and his staff began 18 years ago. He has been recognized by the Philadelphia Kiwanis, Variety Club and Summerdale Youth Club as Person of the Year. He has served on several boards including the Board of Rabbis of Princeton Mercer Bucks and the Mercer County Legal Commission on Aging.

“The warmth of the staff, board and congregants attracted me to Kol Emet. I enjoy utilizing the administrative, facility management , and programmatic skills that I have learned and developed during my career to help our congregation continue to grow and develop. I look forward to sharing the exciting future of Kol Emet with our congregants and staff.”

 

 

 

Officers

         
Andrew Finkle
President
president@kolemet.org
Tony Bush
Vice President
tbush8689@gmail.com
Randi Davis
Vice President
davis193@comcast.net
Tom Kearns
Treasurer
tpkearns8@gmail.com
Beth Zuckerman
Secretary
bzuck5@gmail.com
         

 

Board of Directors

         
Vacant
Adult Education
Vacant
Caring Committee
Jeffrey Blankman
Community Relations
jiblankman@yahoo.com
Susan Steiner
Early Early Education
susansteiner@hotmail.com
Robert Siegel
Finance
rob.h.siegel@gmail.com
 
 
 
Vacant
Fundraising
John Eichholz
House
johneichholz@yahoo.com
Ken Hampel
Long Range Planning
kenhampel@comcast.net
Ronnie Fuchs
Membership
ronsteve@verizon.net
Josh Fishman
Men's Club Co-President
josh@thefishmans.net
 
 
 
Michael Neil
Men's Club Co-President
michaeljneil@yahoo.com
Melody Katz
Past President
mhekatz@verizon.net
Lauren Templeton
Preschool PTO President
laurenedelstein@hotmail.com
Jill Gordon
Rabbi Transition Committee
yardley4@comcast.net
Bob Fink
Religious Education
bunionbob@aol.com
 
 
  
Heather Finkle
Religious School PTO Co‑President
hfinkle3@yahoo.com
Tabitha Peters
Religious School PTO Co‑President
tdpeters3@gmail.com
Robert Moses
Ritual
natanbenmoshe@verizon.net
Genevieve Shultz
Sisterhood Co-President
gmshultz@yahoo.com
 
 
Howard Greenberg
Social Action
hymizzy@aol.com
Risha Neil
Youth Programming rishaneil@aol.com