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RABBI ANNETTE KOCH

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Rabbi Annette Koch became part of the Temple Israel of Alameda family in 2018 and loves her Temple family, as well as living in Alameda, California, in the heart of the community that is Temple Israel, where it is spring almost all year round! Her passions, in addition to her family, her community and Torah, include pastoral care and interfaith bridge-building. She was ordained by Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in 2006 and has served congregations in Lake Oswego, Oregon, and Bucks County, Pennsylvania. In addition, she served as a chaplain in medical, eldercare and hospice settings. She is active in the Alameda All Faiths Coalition and is building connections with other Alameda and Greater Bay Area organizations.

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Rabbi Koch is a native New Yorker, where she graduated from the City College of New York, New York Law School and attended Hebrew Union College. Before her career change, she worked in New York City as an attorney, first at a major law firm and then at Citigroup. The analytical skills she learned as an attorney have helped her become a better teacher of our tradition. During this time Rabbi Koch found great joy in raising her son and became very involved in her home congregation. There, like so many of us, she found the “village” that helped her provide her son with a Jewish identity and an extended Jewish family. She also found a Jewish community for herself where she was able to discover her commitment to social justice and to Jewish life and learning. She is especially proud of her son, his beautiful wife and her two amazing granddaughters who are learning to carry on the traditions that will help them grow up to be strong, independent Jewish women.

EDUCATION DIRECTOR BRIAN REICH

Cantor Brian Reich is a 5th Generation Cantor, (straight down the line) and is our Director of Education for our religious school, Beit Bina. Brian has been very much involved in the development of curriculum for all Hebrew School grades at Temple Israel, with a particular emphasis on Bar/Bat Mitzvah age children using his own curriculum, Trope for Teens. Beit Bina parents share that their children can’t wait to go to religious school as Cantor Brian’s curriculum is stimulating, supportive and creative and he is serious when it comes to his great nutritious snacks for the students.

Previously, Cantor Reich served as Cantor and Program Director at Congregation Beth El in Berkeley and very much involved with the curriculum for all grades and responsible for the 6/7 grade B’nai Mitzvah program as he brought as many as 65 students to the Torah per year for Bar/Bat Mitzvah

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Cantor Brian served as Spiritual Leader at Beit Warsawa in Warsaw Poland before coming to Temple Israel of Alameda in 2012.

In November of 2011, Cantor Reich completed his CD, “Yismechu- Rejoice,”  a work of his own contemporary/Chassidic compositions of prayers from the Shabbat service.

Cantor Reich resides on the Richmond Marina in the East Bay with his wife, Orly. Together they enjoy sailing, (he is a certified Skipper) and traveling around the world for their passion of Israeli folk dancing. Brian and Orly have five children, as well as one grandson, Jameson, and a granddaughter, Amelia Rose.

Office AdministratoR Sarai Dunsany

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Sarai Dunsany is an accomplished and award-winning video editor, voiceover artist and content producer who worked with PBS for many years (both in front of and behind the camera) in her hometown of Las Vegas. After a move to Albuquerque, she freelanced as the co-host of a radio talk show interviewing business executives and consultants regarding career pathways and business success in a changing workplace. Sarai has also earned a certification in early childhood development and become a preschool educator for three years. Prior to joining Temple Israel of Alameda, Sarai ‘hit pause’ on her career to become a full-time parent and homemaker, but she kept her organizational skills and business acumen sharp through multiple volunteer roles at her son’s elementary school. Through this combination of experiences, she brings a range of skills including organization, project management, communications, marketing, development, membership, fundraising, and volunteer coordination in educational and non-profit settings. 

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Tue, November 19 2019 21 Cheshvan 5780