Rabbi Andrea Goldstein has been a Rabbi of Congregation Shaare Emeth since 1998. She received her undergraduate degree in Communications from Northwestern University and was ordained in 1998 at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Rabbi Goldstein has made the call for justice and equality, along with the search for spiritual connection focal points of her rabbinate. In recent years, Rabbi Goldstein has served on the Editorial Board of the CCAR’s Reform Jewish Quarterly, as the Chair of the Robert P. Jacobs Jewish Fund for Human Needs, and participated in an 18-month rabbinic training program sponsored by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. She is married to Brett Goldstein and is the proud mother of Macey, Eli, and Lila.
Karen Lucy worked as a Pre-K teacher and camp director at Deutsch Early Childhood Center at Congregation Temple Israel for the last seven years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree with an emphasis in elementary education from Saint Louis University.
For the past 15 years Karen has conducted educational programs assisted by a variety of animals. She previously worked in residential/commercial real estate management. Karen has authored the children’s book, A Home For Millie, which is based on her experiences with Mille, a pot-bellied pig and her Pre-K students. Karen is wed to David Doyle and has two sons, Ed and Anthony.
Rabbi Mike Comins is the Founder of TorahTrek. He grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) with a BA in Near Eastern Studies, and served as regional advisor for the Southern California Federation of Temple Youth and Rosh Eida at UAHC Camp Swig before making aliyah (moving to Israel) at age 26. While guiding Jerusalem for American youth and serving as chairperson of Netzer Olami (the International Reform-Zionist Youth Movement), Mike studied classical Jewish texts for four years at Machon Pardes, a yeshiva in Jerusalem. In 1996, he was ordained by the Hebrew Union College – Israeli Rabbinical Program. Exploring his lifelong interest in philosophy and theology, Rabbi Comins’ rabbinic thesis, Borowitz and Beyond: Towards a Hermeneutic Account of I-thou Encounter, received a score of 97 from referee Professor Paul Mendes-Flohr. He holds an MA in Jewish Education from Hebrew University, and worked for five years as education director of Kehilat Kol HaNeshama, a Jerusalem congregation he helped to establish. Upon ordination, Mike earned his license as an Israeli desert guide. He founded “Ruach HaMidbar Desert Trips and Retreats,” leading many trekkers, often rabbis, rabbinical students and students for the ministry, on spiritual journeys through Israel’s deserts and the Sinai mountains. He founded TorahTrek Spiritual Wilderness Adventures in 2001 while serving the Jackson Hole Chaverim in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, for three years. The community’s first resident rabbi, Mike helped the Jackson Jewish community establish itself while developing TorahTrek into a nationally recognized program.
Renee Kohn has been teaching children yoga since 2013. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher with 200 hours and Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher. Renee has practiced yoga herself since 2008. She treasures her practice in all aspects for the body, breath, and peace of mind. Her enthusiasm for teaching allows her to help young children build body awareness, direct the mind to focus, and enjoy yoga poses.
Mary is responsible for horticulture operations, including planning, budgeting, installation and maintenance at Litzsinger Ecology Center. She has the privilege of supervising their impressive team of horticulture volunteers and interns as well as contractors to ensure site operations meet ecological and economic parameters.
Together with the horticulture team at LREC, Mary consults with the School Partnership Coordinators to provide direction and support for school garden programs affiliated with the Center’s educational programs.