Meet Our Instructors

Rabbi Aaron Bergman

Rabbi Aaron Bergman is a Detroit native and a graduate of the University of Michigan and is a rabbi at Adat Shalom Synagogue. Rabbi Bergman was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and pursued additional graduate work in Jewish Folklore at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He was part of the educators program at the Shalom Hartman Institute.

Ruth Weiss Bergman

Ruth Weiss Bergman has been teaching in the Detroit Jewish community for 22 years. She taught for the Midrasha College of Jewish Studies, Hillel Day School, Frankel Jewish Academy, Global Day of Jewish Learning and Women’s Day of Learning. Ms. Bergman is currently an instructor for Melton, Melton Scholars Curriculum and FedEd classes.

Joshua Berkovitz

Joshua Berkovitz is a native of Israel and holds a B.Sc. Engineering degree from the University of Philadelphia, PA. He has been teaching Hebrew, Judaica and History of Israel in the Detroit Jewish community and Windsor, Ontario JCC for the last 15 years. Joshua serves on the Board of Michigan Friends of the IDF as well as JNF in Ontario, Canada.

Rabbi Michael Cohen

Rabbi Michael Cohen is the Rabbi of Young Israel of Oak Park. He comes from a diverse background; born in England to parents who came from the Iraqi Community in India, he studied in Carmel College and in the Yeshivot of D’var Yerushalayim, Gateshead and The Mir in Jerusalem. Rabbi Cohen is a student of some of the foremost teachers of Mussar. He was the Rabbi of the Sephardi Community of Greater Detroit from 2002-2007.

Bosmat Dovas

Bosmat Dovas is a native of Israel and has been teaching Hebrew in the Detroit Jewish Community for the past 20 years. She has been a Hebrew instructor at the Frankel Academy for the past 7 years and prior to that she was the Director of Education at Congregation Beth Shalom in Oak Park. She has taught Hebrew immersion classes and Jewish studies at local Hebrew schools and has presented to both students and teachers.

Kobi Erez

Kobi Erez is the Executive Director of the Zionist Organization of America – Michigan Region. He was born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel where he served for three years in the IDF and went on to receive his B.A. in Business and International Relations.. Mr. Erez lectures on Israel topics and Jewish history at high schools, universities and adult educational programs.

Rabbi Michele Faudem

Rabbi Michele Faudem was ordained by The Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1995. She also earned her M.A. in Education from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America. She was the Coordinator of Adult Jewish Education at the Houston JCC and the Houston Melton Director. Rabbi Faudem currently teaches Melton and FedEd classes, and is the Rabbi/Educator for Hillel of Metropolitan Detroit.

Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Finkelman

Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Finkelman holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from City University of New York, and Rabbinical Ordination from Yeshiva University. He served as Rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel in Berkeley, CA and as Hillel Director at Wayne State University. He teaches Literature at Lawrence Technological University, and serves as Co-Rabbi of Congregation Or Chadash in Oak Park. His stories often appear in the Jewish News

Rabbi Rod Glogower

Rabbi Rod Glogower is the rabbinic resource person on staff of the B’nai Birth Hillel Foundation at the University of Michigan and an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan Law School. He received his rabbinic ordination with distinction from Midrasha Seminary of Machon Harry Fischel in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Brent Gutmann

Rabbi Brent Gutmann is the Senior Rabbi of Temple Kol Ami. He served as Rabbi to congregations in Petoskey, Michigan, Cincinnati, Ohio, and, most recently, Auckland, New Zealand. While in Auckland, Rabbi Gutmann served as faculty in the Melton School and as an Executive Board Member of the Auckland Interfaith Council. Rabbi Gutmann received his rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, and a Bachelors of Arts from Indiana University in Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics.

Jill Gutmann

Jill Gutmann has experiences in Jewish ethics, halakha, medical ethics, and public health. She holds an AB from Smith College; Fulbright Grantee to South Korea; a Masters of Public Health from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine; and a Masters of Arts in Jewish law and ethics from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati. Her scholarly work has focused on a Jewish prospective on wrongful birth law suits and issues with lactation policy in the U.S.. She has served on hospital ethics boards and worked as an ethicist for the CDC and the Israeli Ministry of Health. She served on faculty at the Melton School in Auckland, New Zealand.

Rabbi Joseph Klein

Rabbi Joseph Klein was Senior Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El of Oak Park for 16 years before becoming Rabbi Emeritus in 2013. He holds a Master of Hebrew Letters and received his ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rabbi Klein has been Adjunct Professor at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Indiana State University and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, teaching courses on Genesis, Hebrew Scripture, First Century History, New Testament, and Introduction to Judaism. He is currently Adjunct Professor at Oakland University, Marygrove College and Rochester College.

Rabbi Joseph H. Krakoff

Rabbi Joseph H. Krakoff is the Senior Director of Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network. He also serves on the Hospice teams of Residential Hospice and Heart to Heart Hospice. Rabbi Krakoff offers classes and seminars on a variety of spiritual topics and is a guest lecturer in the Wayne State Medical School’s Health and Wellness program. Rabbi Krakoff is a graduate of Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, CA and the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, NY.

Nira Lev

Nira Lev holds two M.A degrees from Hebrew University and Tel Aviv University and is a graduate of the Post-Graduate Leadership Training Program from NYU. For over 30 years she has been teaching Hebrew, Bible and Literature, training teachers and presenting workshops nationwide, lecturing on Bible at Elderhostels and developing curricula for students and teachers. She is the author of several Hebrew textbooks and publications and was the editor of the Hebrew monthly Ivriton . She currently teaches at Oakland University. She is a recipient of the Berman Outstanding Professional Service Award and of the Schochet Outstanding Teacher Award.

Harvey Leven

Harvey Leven was Director of School Services and Professional Development for the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit and now has that same role with the JCC. He served for 23 years as the Religious School Director at Washington Hebrew Congregation in Washington, D.C. Harvey holds a M.A. from Brandeis University in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, and a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a graduate of the Senior Educators’ Program of the Melton Center for Jewish Education in the Diaspora at Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Harvey holds the title of Reform Jewish Educator (RJE) from the Reform Movement.

Professor Howard Lupovitch

Professor Howard Lupovitch received a Ph.D. in Jewish History from Columbia University. He has taught at Cornell University, Colby College, the University of Western Ontario and U of M where he was also a fellow at the Frankel Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies. He is currently Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies at Wayne State University. Professor Lupovitch is the 2009 winner of the Benard L. Maas Prize for Achievement in Jewish Culture and Continuity in the Area of Humanities.

Rabbi Tzvi Muller

Rabbi Tzvi Muller specializes in teaching Judaism’s guidelines for treating others with love, respect and kindness – Mitzvot Bein Adam Lechavero. Through his widely attended classes, award-winning programs and innovative educational leadership, Rabbi Muller has brought the values, teachings and practices of kindness to Jews in Michigan and all over the world. He serves as Rabbi of the Birmingham Bloomfield Chai Center and directs the Jewish Values Institute.

Rabbi Doctor Mitch Parker

Rabbi Doctor Mitch Parker is the Rabbi of B’nai Israel Synagogue, as well as a practicing child psychologist. He has been teaching for more than 30 years and recently completed a 10-year, in-depth study of the Torah with students in the FedEd program.

Amalia Poris

Amalia Poris graduated from Beit Berel Teacher’s College in Israel. She started her career in the Israeli Defense Force, teaching Hebrew to new immigrant soldiers. She has been teaching Judaic Studies in Jewish Day Schools for 28 years and is currently a teacher and a Hebrew Language coordinator at Hillel Day School. She is participating in a special Master Hebrew Teacher’s program at the Hebrew College in Boston.

Dina (Bar-Menachem) Routin

Dina (Bar-Menachem) Routin grew up in Jerusalem and graduated with honors with a Master’s Degree in Hebrew literature from the Hebrew University, and received a text editor certificate from David Yellin College. Dina currently works at the Jewish Community Center, teaches poetry, and is a freelance editor. In 2016, Dina authored and published her first poetry book, Ascending.

Dr. Justin Sledge

Dr. Justin Sledge received his M.A. in Religious Studies and Mysticism at the Universiteit Van Amsterdam before turning his attention to philosophy in which he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Memphis. He currently teaches part-time in religious studies and philosophy. His interests include radical political philosophy, metaphysics, and non-canonical philosophy.

Rebecca Starr

Rebecca Starr received her undergraduate degree in Education and Judaic Studies and a Master’s Degree in Social Work and Jewish Communal Service from the University of Michigan. She served as the Director of Education and Programming at Northern Hills Synagogue in Cincinnati and Assistant Director of Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education. Rebecca currently serves as an independent educational consultant and an instructor for Melton. She also works at Camp Ramah in Canada in the summer.


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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Latke Vodka

November 25th, 2017 9pm-2am Majestic Theatre, Majestic Café, Garden Bowl A night of amusements and curiosities 21+ only. Dietary laws observed.

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Giving Tuesday

Will You Give Us an Hour or Two on #Giving2uesday? Please join us for special Giving Tuesday community-wide telethons on November 28th from 9 to 11:30 am and from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Giving Tuesday is an international day of philanthropy that celebrates generosity worldwide. Here at the Jewish Federation, we are gearing up to […]

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ShabUM Shabbat Dinner

Join us for a Michigan Alumni Shabbat Dinner as an extension of the University of Michigan’s ShabUM program. Open to Michigan Alum and those who love Michigan Alum. December 1 | 7:00 PM Where: Matt Weiner’s apartment in Detroit (address will be sent to you closer to the event) Cost: $10 for meal at a […]

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NEXTGen Detroit Volunteers at Oasis Soup Kitchen and Detroit Rescue Mission Soup Kitchen

Join NEXTGen Detroit Volunteers as we lend a hand at Oasis Soup Kitchen and Detroit Rescue Mission Soup Kitchen. We’ll be sending teams of our volunteers to each location to help their staff with prep work, serving the meal and clean-up. Afterwards teams from both locations will meet up at Sports & Social Detroit in […]

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