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The Board of Directors of KK Bene Israel/Rockdale Temple has named Rabbi Meredith Kahan as Acting Senior Rabbi for 5781. Rabbi Kahan will work with the congregation’s lay leadership, new Executive Director Laura Wright, and staff to lead Rockdale Temple.

Rabbi Kahan joined Rockdale Temple as its Associate Rabbi and Educator in 2013, after two years as the congregation’s Rabbinic Intern while a student at HUC. She is a lifelong Cincinnatian and an ordinee of the Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR). For the past seven years, Rabbi Kahan has directed the congregation’s worship, music, youth groups, young adult and family outreach, and educational programs. Rabbi Kahan previously served on the board of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati and as the Chair of the Cincinnati Jewish Educators Council, and is currently a member of the steering committee of Cincinnati’s Festival of Faiths. Rabbi Kahan, along with her husband Sean Flowers, and their children Seth and Becca, feel blessed to be part of the Rockdale Temple family. She is deeply grateful for the many years of partnership of her rabbinic mentor and friend, Rabbi Sissy Coran, z"l, and is dedicated to continuing Rabbi Coran’s vision for Rockdale Temple. 

Rockdale Temple’s Board of Directors is also pleased to announce that Rabbi Shena Potter Jaffee will join the clergy team as Rabbi in Residence for 5781. Rabbi Jaffee, a native Cincinnatian who was ordained by HUC-JIR in 2001, has served as Director of Jewish Life at the Mayerson JCC for the past ten years. Previously, Rabbi Jaffee held positions as Regional Director of Admissions and Recruitment at HUC-JIR, as Associate Rabbi of Temple Sinai in Washington, DC, and as Assistant Director of the University of Michigan Hillel. She is a past board member of both the Cincinnati Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) and the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Cincinnati. She is also a past president of the Greater Cincinnati Board of Rabbis. Rabbi Jaffee is married to Brian Jaffee, Executive Director of the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati, and has two daughters, Maya and Noa. The Jaffee family are proud members of both Rockdale Temple and Adath Israel Congregation, and an active part of the Cincinnati Jewish community. Rabbi Jaffee is pleased to continue her relationship with the Rockdale community in this new way, and the congregation looks forward to Rabbi Jaffee’s tenure as Rabbi in Residence.

Rabbi Kahan noted, “I am grateful to be trusted with the role of Acting Senior Rabbi of Rockdale Temple. I am comforted by the compassion, community-mindedness and positive outlook of our Rockdale community, and am blessed to lead my beloved congregational family into a new year.  Rabbi Jaffee and I have a longstanding professional relationship, and will work together to provide strong, stable rabbinic leadership to Rockdale Temple throughout 5781.  Rabbi Jaffee is an experienced and creative rabbi who teaches Torah through both word and deed. She will bring wisdom, flexibility and compassion to her work as Rabbi in Residence at Rockdale Temple. I look forward to partnering with Rabbi Jaffee in our sacred service to the Rockdale Temple family.”

Rabbi Jaffee commented, “I am humbled and excited to be joining Rockdale Temple’s clergy team.  Rockdale Temple is truly such a warm, interesting and engaged community.  I am so grateful to have the privilege to work alongside Rabbi Meredith Kahan, and I hope to honor the legacy of our friend, Rabbi Coran.”

According to John G. Cobey, Rockdale Temple’s President, “We are delighted to complete our rabbinic team for the next year by electing Rabbi Shena Potter Jaffee as our Rabbi in Residence.  She and Rabbi Meredith Kahan will work together to ensure that our programming, Shabbat services, and upcoming High Holy Days services will continue to meet the needs of all of our congregants.”

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