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Greater Detail about the Areas of Responsibility of our Clergy and Staff

The many facets of Rabbi Dev Noilly’s job include: guiding the congregation’s spiritual and social change initiatives, leading services, pastoral counseling, supervising Rabbi Gray, teaching Essentials of Judaism and 700 Benches, a SVARA-style beit midrash (house of study), and coordinating the Spiritual Lay Leaders. Rabbi Dev also supports the Belonging and Allyship Project, which has recently hired a part-time People of Color Organizer, Ruthie Levin.

Hazzan Shulamit leads services, provides pastoral counseling, coordinates staffing of the service schedule, has an active role in teaching trope to b’nei mitzvah students, offers the Kehilla Sings! workshop, and coordinates the Musical Prayer Leaders.

Rabbi David Cooper has been serving as an Active Rabbi Emeritus at 25% time, leading services and the Community Seder, as well as keeping the congregation informed of Social Action opportunities.  Rabbi David will in July transition to being a non-staff spiritual lay leader.

Rabbi Burt Jacobson, while still contributing to our congregation’s spiritual life, has a retirement benefit from Kehilla.

Our Executive Director, Michael Saxe-Taller, leads our fiscal management, fundraising and community engagement efforts, and manages all building concerns, operations and programs.  He has oversight of all staff other than the senior clergy and Rabbi Gray.

Rabbi Gray Myrseth, Youth Education Director, heads Kehilla School and Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program, with the support of Youth Programs Coordinator, Natalie Boskin.  They develop curriculum, hire, train and manage all of the teachers in those programs, as well as coordinate parent involvement and activities that occur beyond the school day.

The Office Administrator, Dee Ward, answers congregants’ calls, schedules Rabbi Dev’s time, manages building rentals, supervises custodial support, and assists Michael.  

Josef Straub and Fred Williamson are the custodians keeping our building clean, in good repair and usable for the community. 

The Programs and Membership Manager,  Maya Joshua, manages our Salesforce database, produces High Holiday services and other community-wide  programs, coordinates our volunteers, does membership engagement and some of our communications.  

Development and Communications Associate, Batya Gelfand, manages logistics for all of our fundraising efforts including our major fundraising events.  She also produces our weekly event emails and our monthly newsletter. 

The Bookkeeper, Molly Melamed, receives all dues and donations for accounting, prepares employee payroll, fulfills JYCA fiscal oversight, issues year-end tax donation summaries and more.

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