Rabbi Daniel Bogard
Rabbi Daniel Bogard is one of the two new rabbis at KK Adath Israel. He has been a Hillel director, a congregational rabbi, and a college professor at Bradley University. He loves learning with high schoolers in particular (he was a middle school teacher after college), and looks forward to teaching at Mercaz.
Brian Freedman was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He has a BA in American History from The Ohio State University and is currently pursuing a Dual Masters in Jewish Students and Jewish Education from Hebrew College.
Brian started his path toward working in Jewish communal life while at Ohio State. He was the Brotherhood Chair and Vice President for the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity. After college, Brian was the Director of Engagement at Ohio State Hillel for two years and the Program Director at the University of Illinois Hillel for three years. Brian is currently the Executive Director and Educator for Northern Hills Synagogue.
Brian enjoys cooking and baking, reading, biking, music and spending time with his dog, Scarlett, a three-year-old Poodle mix.
WILL HALL (photo and write-up coming soon)
Lowell Lustig holds a Juris Doctor degree from Capital University Law School in Columbus, OH. He is a graduate of Hunter College where he studied Jewish History and Adolescent Education with a specialization in Social Studies. He also studied Archaeology and Talmudic Thought at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and learned in the Beit Midrash as part of the Jewish Studies Program of the Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, IL. Lowell is a puppeteer and founder/director of Saturday Torah Live which has been widely used by BBYO. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Robert H. Jackson Center located in Jamestown, NY. Justice Jackson served as the Chief Prosecutor of the International War Crimes Tribunal at Nuremberg in the years after WWII. Lowell returns to Cincinnati from Syracuse, NY where he served as Associate Dean for Advancement at the Syracuse University College of Law and Executive Director of Hillel at Syracuse University. Lowell currently serves on the national staff of the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science as Executive Director, Leadership Giving.
Zahava earned a teaching Certificate of Jewish Study from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and is a graduate of the Pedagogical Institute in Israel, where she earned a teaching degree. She has taught children and adults in our community for over 30 years — at Yavneh Day School/Rockwern Academy, in our supplemental Hebrew Schools, and for The Jewish Federation. As a Holocaust survivor Zahava is active in the Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education where she continues to speak to the public about the Holocaust. In her spare time she likes to read, knit and cook.
Rabbi Judy Spicehandler
Rabbi Spicehandler grew up in Cincinnati and in Jerusalem. She is a graduate of
Yavneh Day School (Rockwern Academy) and the Tichon Leyad Ha’Universita
(Jerusalem), The University of Chicago (BA), The School of the Art Institute of
Chicago (MFA) and Hebrew Union College (Cincinnati), where she was ordained in
1999, She has served as a pulpit Rabbi and as a Rabbi Educator, most recently as
Rabbi Educator at Congregation Beth El of the Sudbury River Valley in the
suburbs of Boston MA. Rabbi Spicehandler brings a depth of knowledge and vast
educational experience to MERCAZ, as well as a love of Judaism and a passion for
teaching, grounded in respect for and devotion to her students. She has been
teaching Jewish teens for over forty years. When she is not teaching and making
art, she is caring for her 91 year old mother and her yellow lab Sabrina in
their Amberley Village home.
more info to come.