Ellen Nemhauser, Co-President
Ellen Nemhauser is in her second year as Co-President of the Women’s Rabbinic Network. She is currently working at The Center for Israel Education at Emory University as a rabbinic fellow, developing and disseminating curriculum for teaching Modern Israel. She has served as the Director of Education at two Atlanta congregations, one Conservative and one Reform. She holds a BA in Music Education from the University of Toronto. Ellen was ordained in May 1993 and remained to complete the Masters of Education Year. After ordination, Ellen worked for the UAHC (now URJ) in the Department for Jewish Education and then served as director of the CCAR/HUC-JIR Joint Commission for Continuing Rabbinic Education. She has enjoyed working as a curriculum consultant for three URJ Camps and numerous congregational schools. In her current volunteer work, Ellen serves as co-chair on a Jewish Federation Task Force, on the executive board on the JCRC, and on the Board of Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta. She lives in Sandy Springs with her husband, their youngest child and her two older children (when they are home on school breaks).
Amy L. Memis-Foler, Co-President
Amy L. Memis-Foler is beginning her eleventh year at Temple Judea Mizpah in Skokie, IL as a solo rabbi. She has spent her whole rabbinate in the Chicago area since ordination from HUC-JIR/NY in 1993. She served for nine years at Congregation BJBE in Glenview and five years at Temple Sholom of Chicago, at both congregations as an assistant-associate rabbi. Other professional interests and positions of leadership include her work with ARZA (Association of Reform Zionists of America), OSRUI (Olin-Sang Ruby Union Institute) and the Chicago Association of Reform Rabbis. Amy is also a Commissioner on the Village of Skokie’s Human Relations Commission. She is a past WRN Regional Representative for Chicago and co-chaired the WRN Convention in Chicago in 2007 and again in Baltimore in 2017.
Lynne Goldsmith, Treasurer
Lynne Goldsmith served Temple Emanu-el in Dothan, AL as solo rabbi from her ordination at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati in June of 2007 until her retirement in June of 2017. While serving as student rabbi in pulpits in Seminole, OK and Newark, OH, she developed a passion for small congregations, and their various and sundry challenges. Prior to her rabbinic studies, Lynne was employed in accounting for 25 years. She is excited to be using her knowledge of accounting again to work with the Women’s Rabbinic Network.
Lynne believes passionately in Jewish education for all ages. She wis also active in the community, especially in inter-faith relations. She served on the boards of the local women’s shelter, the board of Catholic social services, and on the Ecumenical Council, a multi-faith organization dedicated to erasing poverty in the Dothan area. Lynne is married to Rob Goldsmith, and they live in Broomfield, CO. She is looking forward to getting involved in the Boulder Jewish community and spending time with her granddaughter and son and daughter in law who also live in Colorado.
Adrienne Scott, Secretary
Adrienne Pollock Scott has served as the Associate Rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel in Houston, Texas since 2005. Adrienne is from Akron, Ohio, and she graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1998 with a BA with Honors in Judaic Studies. She was ordained from HUC-JIR in Cincinnati in 2004. Adrienne has a passion for her work with regard to pastoral care. In addition to her role within the WRN, she also remains active in the local Houston community by participating as a member of the Texas Children’s Hospital Ethics Committee. Adrienne is also active with the local Houston Jewish Federation and the Houston Rabbinic Association. In her free time, she enjoys participating in Crossfit and running full and half marathons. She is married to David M. Scott who serves as Beth Israel’s Executive Director and Director of Lifelong Learning. She is the proud Eema to Beryt and Ezra.
Lauren Cohn, Membership and Outreach VP
I grew up in Dallas, Texas. I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, having transferred from the University of Alabama; it's fair to say I'm a southerner. I have a Bachelor's degree in Social Work. I received a Master's in Hebrew Letters in 1997 and a Master's in Jewish Education in 1998 from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institution - Jewish Institution of Religion in Los Angeles. I was ordained as a Rabbi from HUC-JIR in Cincinnati in 2001. In addition to Dallas, Tuscaloosa, Austin, LA, and Cincinnati, I have also lived in Columbus, Ohio and Israel. Georgia has been home since 2004. I have worked in a variety of Jewish settings: day school, synagogue religious school, and camp.
I have an amazing eraser collection (with over 300 erasers-- ethnic foods, tools, shoes; you get the general idea). I'm a bit quirky. Reading, movies, and needlepoint are hobbies. (I promise I'm not as old as that makes me sound!) When I'm not being a rabbi, you can find me at home with my husband, Matt, our two kids -- Micah and Tali, our two dogs -- Dexter and Otis; and our two cats -- Nate and Sparkles (I only take credit for naming the kids and the dogs!).
Diana Fersko, Networking VP
Diana Fersko is Associate Rabbi at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue. Since arriving at SWFS in 2012, some of her proudest accomplishments include establishing a robust conversion studies program and creating Shabbat After Dark for 20s and 30s where hundreds of people gather on a monthly basis. She also envisioned and co-led a mission to Greece and Germany to provide aide and financial support to refugees of the Syrian Civil War. A prolific writer, Rabbi Fersko’s commentary has appeared in the Huffington Post, the Forward, ReformJudaism.org and RavBlog.
Rabbi Fersko received her ordination from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City, where she also earned a master’s degree in Hebrew literature and is a proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where she completed her studies with highest academic honors.
Marla Hornsten, Convention and National Events Co-VP
Marla Hornsten is a rabbi at Temple Israel in West Bloomfield, MI. She was ordained from HUC-JIR in 2000 having attended both the LA and NY campuses, and has been at Temple Israel ever since. Rabbi Hornsten is currently the President of the Michigan Board of Rabbis and also serves as the co-chair for Clergy Task to End Domestic Violence for Jewish Women International, and also serves on the Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse, and the Oakland County Coordinating Council Against Domestic Violence.
Marla is a native of Mercer Island, Washington, and makes frequent trips to the Pacific Northwest to visit her family. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors, keeping fit, being a soccer mom, cooking, knitting and crocheting which she learned from her grandmother, reading, playing violin, and watching Star Trek reruns among many other things. She and her husband, Sheldon Stern have 4 amazing children: Erica, Jessica, Benji & Danny.
Jessica Kessler Marshall, Convention and National Events Co-VP
Rabbi Jessica Kessler Marshall is delighted to join the WRN Board. Empowering individuals to find the spiritual path that captivates them
— to hear Judaism speaking in their voice is the foundation of her rabbinate. She celebrates the variety of meanings and approaches toward holiness for each person. Her rabbinate centers on creative life cycle rituals especially involving mikveh. She previously served as the rabbi at Temple Beth Or in Everett, Washington and at the University of North Carolina Hillel.
The connection between Judaism and the natural world grounds her faith--nurturing religious stirrings rooted in nature and translating appreciation of the holiness of the natural world into concerted action to protect our planet. When not learning with her community, you can find her on the hiking trail, tearing up the pavement on her bicycle, or cross-country skiing. She is also a Scrabble fanatic and accepts all Scrabble challenges!
Kelly Levy, Communications and Marketing VP
Kelly currently serves as the Associate Rabbi at Temple B’rith Kodesh in Rochester, NY, following her ordination from HUC-JIR in 2014. Originally from Texas, Kelly has learned to adapt to cold weather quite well. Kelly and her husband David welcomed their daughter Ezri into the world on September 15, 2016 and has been trying to catch up on sleep since that day. Kelly enjoys hanging out with her dog, Frank, and staying far away from her husband’s cat, Bean. But in all seriousness, Kelly loves being a member of the WRN, serving as the VP of Communications, and connecting with each member of this incredible organization.
Loren Filson Lapidus, Social Action and Advocacy VP
Loren Filson Lapidus is associate rabbi at The Temple in Atlanta, GA, where she has been since her ordination in 2008. After graduating with a B.S. in science from Pennsylvania State University, she decided to pursue a career in the rabbinate, and while at HUC-JIR in Cincinnati she completed a Master of Education in Administration through a joint program with Xavier University.In Atlanta, Loren is on the board of several community organizations including AJC-Atlanta, Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta, and MACoM: Metro Atlanta Community Mikvah, which opened in November 2015. When time allows, she writes on her blog “ImA Rabbi.” Loren is married to Rabbi Micah Lapidus, who is the rabbi for The Davis Academy, and they have two young children.
Sarah Reines, CCAR Representative
Rabbi Sarah Reines was ordained from the NY Campus of HUC-JIR in 1997. She holds a BA in Philosophy from Brandeis University and an MA in Jewish Communal Service from Brandeis' Hornstein Program. She served as rabbinic intern and rabbi of Central Synagogue for 14 years. For the last decade, Sarah has served the NY area Jewish community as a Rabbi Without Walls.
Sarah has been involved with several organizations and boards, both secular and Jewish, but is most proud of her work with WRN where she was a regional representative and a co-president. Sarah and her husband, Rich, are the parents of two daughters, Talia and Noa.
Elizabeth Zeller, Immediate Past President
Elizabeth Wood is the new Director of Learning and Innovation for NFTY, having recently made the switch from congregational life to the Jewish organizational world. She has spent most of her life in and around the youth world and is thrilled at this chance to work on the national level, directing the program and Judaic content of NFTY for teens across North America. Most recently, she was the Associate Rabbi Educator of the Reform Temple of Forest Hills in Queens, NY. There she served young families, engaging them for the past five years, and previously she served Temple Beth El in Tacoma, WA as their Interim Soloist and Educator after her ordination in 2009 from HUC in Cincinnati. Liz works with Faith in New York (PICO) on community organizing issues. She lives in New York City with her fiancé David and their puppy Rory.
Mary Zamore, Executive Director
Mary brings a great deal of experience and depth of commitment to the WRN, having been a member as a student and since her ordination in 1997 and serving as a co-president from 2007–2009.
Mary is the Editor of The Sacred Table: Creating a Jewish Food Ethic, (2011 CCAR Press), finalist National Jewish Book Awards, and she continues to teach at synagogues and JCCs across the country. Mary has served congregations in Westfield, Morristown and Washington, New Jersey and is looking forward to her new role with the WRN. She is currently the interim director of Mentoring for the CCAR and working on a new book with the CCAR Press.