Leah Berkowitz, Co President
Leah Berkowtiz currently serves as the spiritual leader of Congregation Kol Ami in Elkins Park, PA. Rabbi Berkowitz is a graduate of Brandeis University and Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. She was ordained in 2008. Rabbi Berkowitz previously served as the rabbi of Vassar Temple in Poughkeepsie, NY, and as the associate rabbi at Judea Reform Congregation in Durham, NC. She also taught Judaic Studies on the faculty of Gann Academy in Waltham, MA. Rabbi Berkowitz served on the editorial board of the CCAR Journal: The Reform Jewish Quarterly. She also collaborated on the creation of The Torah: A Women’s Commentary, Mishkan Ha-Nefesh, the Reform movement’s new High Holy Day prayer book and Mishkan Ha-Nefesh for Youth. Rabbi Berkowitz’s passions include creative midrash, heroic women in the Bible, writing and storytelling, and creating inspiring worship, learning, and life cycle experiences.
A prolific writer, her essays have appeared in the Jewish Women’s Archive Blog. Her short stories have appeared in the Drum Literary Magazine, The Helix Literary Magazine and Jewish Women’s Literary Annual. Her first book for children, The World Needs Beautiful Things, was released fall 2018 (KarBen).
Emily Segal, Co-President
Emily Segal is the rabbi of Aspen Jewish Congregation, serving the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado. Previously she served as the associate rabbi of Temple Jeremiah in Northfield, Illinois, in the suburbs of Chicago. Emily grew up in a small, tight-knit Jewish community in Virginia, nurtured by one of the first woman rabbis, and she is the proud product of an interfaith home. After graduating from the University of Virginia (Wahoowa!), her studies continued at the Hebrew Union College where she was ordained in Cincinnati in 2010. Emily’s rabbinic thesis was entitled “Telling and Retelling: The Women’s Seder and Ritual Innovation.” Emily’s rabbinic interests include Jewish environmental and food justice, liturgical development, ritual innovation, biblical Hebrew, Jewish feminism, and scriptural and halakhic study. Her non-rabbinic interests include strong coffee, dark chocolate, good books, escapist baking, wrangling toddlers, and live music. She is married to Rabbi Scott Segal. You can find them cooking together, dragging their young children on character-building hiking expeditions, and having family dance parties.
Glynis Conyer, Treasurer
Rabbi Glynis Conyer is the Executive Director at Community Synagogue of Rye, NY. Previously, she has held roles such as chief operating officer of a leading provider of international staffing, director of staff development, rabbinic intern, hospice pastoral caregiver and career counselor in the United States and South Africa. A graduate of and ordained rabbi by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Rabbi Conyer obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Communications at the University of South Africa.
Rabbi Conyer brings to the WRN her experiences as a managing owner of a camp and travel program for kids with special needs, where she recruited, led and managed 180+ international staff members across a range of functional areas, from programming and administration to facilities and IT department. She was also instrumental in developing a $25M budgeting process across 13 camps and transformed a camp with low registration, operating at a significant deficit, into a leadership and training center of excellence with sound financial controls and a budget of $1.4M.
Heather Miller, Secretary
An award-winning spiritual leader and social justice advocate, Rabbi Heather Miller was named the 2018 Giant of Justice by CLUE-LA (Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice), appointed Commissioner on the first-ever Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Civilian Oversight Commission in 2016, selected as a Jewish Federation Edah Community Leadership Fellow in 2016, and identified as a Leader to Watch by the Liberty Hill Foundation in 2013.
In 2019, Rabbi Miller released her first book, ReSOULutions: A Practical Guide for Self-Repair. Her actions and ideas have been featured in more than 15 publications including the Los Angeles Times, the Jewish Journal, The Orange County Register, Orange County Jewish Life Magazine, The New York Times, Sh’ma Journal, ReformJudaism.org, InterfaithFamily.com, The Christian Science Monitor, and the Episcopal News Service.
She has served as spiritual leader of several congregations across the United States including the world’s first LGBT-founded Jewish synagogue. She has designed dynamic and accessible learning programs for four religious schools, the largest pluralistic Jewish Day School in the United States, and the American Jewish University Graduate School of Education.
Born and raised in an interfaith family in Los Angeles, California, Rabbi Miller received her B.A. from Wellesley College (2001) and her M.A. in Hebrew Literature (2007) and Rabbinic Ordination from Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion (2008). She is a proud member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Women’s Rabbinic Network, and the Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis.
Rebecca Reice, Membership and Outreach VP
Rabbi Rebecca Reice, R.J.E. is the Senior Rabbi of Congregation Shir Ami in Cedar Park, TX. Previously, she served as Associate Rabbi and Jewish Educator at Congregation Beth Torah in Overland Park, KS. She grew up in Chapel Hill, NC and graduated from the Plan II Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin in May 2005. During her rabbinical studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s Los Angeles campus, Rabbi Reice earned her M.A. in Jewish Education (2010) and she was granted the Samson H. Levey Prize for Outstanding Student in Rabbinic Literature (2012), the Samson H. Levey Memorial Prize for the study of rabbinic literature and Talmud (2011), the Lorraine Helman Rubin Memorial Prize for Scholarly Writing (2009, 2012), and the Cutter Pastoral Scholarship for summer Clinical Pastoral Education studies (2009).
After years of faithful service as both Rabbi and Educator, Rabbi Reice was awarded the title of Reform Jewish Educator (R.J.E.) by the Reform Jewish Educator Title Granting Commission in the spring of 2015. While her professional work has been especially devoted to teaching people of all ages and faith traditions, Rabbi Reice is motivated by her deep love of Jewish text study, pastoral care, and interfaith partnerships focused on building a more peaceful and just world. Rabbi Reice currently serves on the steering committee of three such interfaith partnership organizations in Austin and Cedar Park focused on LGBTQiA+ inclusion and celebration in religious life, dialogue, and community organizing, respectively. Rabbi Reice is the Vice President of the Southwest Association of Reform Rabbis (SWARR).
Rabbi Reice and her husband, Asher Lazarus, reside in Austin, TX. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, gardening, running, and hiking.
Rachel Bearman, Communications and Marketing VP
Rachel Bearman has served as the rabbi of Temple B'nai Chaim in Georgetown, Connecticut since her ordination from the Cincinnati Campus of HUC-JIR in 2014. When not dancing her way through Shabbat services with TBC's youngest students, Rabbi Bearman can be found partnering with her interfaith colleagues to strengthen local communities, gathering obscure midrashic texts for Torah Study, and generally working to support her congregation. She has been enthusiastic about her membership in the WRN since her ordination, and she very much values the resources, camaraderie, and support that come from belonging to both the WRN and the CCAR. Rabbi Bearman was honored to work with her colleagues as one of the CCAR's Mahzor Mentors and is very proud to have served as a member of the editorial committee of Mishkan HaNefesh For Youth.
Rabbi Bearman is a native of Memphis, Tennessee-where her family has lived for seven generations-and graduated with honors from Middlebury College. Her hobbies include reading anything and everything, exploring her family's history, crocheting blankets that never seem to get done, and spending time with her fabulous corgi.
Elisa Koppel, Networking VP
Elisa Koppel is the Director of Lifelong Learning at Congregation Beth Emeth in Wilmington, DE where she partners with lay leadership to direct the Religious School, coordinate Adult Education, and work with the Director of Youth Programs on informal education, in addition to other rabbinic responsibilities.
Rabbi Koppel grew up in Westfield, NJ, where she was very active from a young age in Jewish life at Temple Emanu-El. Following her graduation from Brandeis University, she worked as a Program Assistant in the URJ Youth Division and as the Assistant Director of the College Education Department before entering Rabbinical School.
Since being ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2001, Rabbi Koppel has served in a number of positions, including as the Assistant Rabbi at The Community Synagogue in Port Washington, NY; Dean of Jewish Life at the American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, NC, the nation's first pluralistic, Jewish boarding school; Regional Director of Youth Programs for the Greater New York Council of the Union for Reform Judaism; Associate Rabbi at Temple Beth-El in Hillsborough, NJ; and Associate Rabbi at Temple Beth-El in San Antonio, TX.
Follow Rabbi Koppel’s blog at http://rabbiisa.wordpress.com/ and she can be found on twitter as @rabbiisa.
Lisa Delson, Social Action and Advocacy VP
Rabbi Lisa Delson is a rabbi at Peninsula Temple Sholom in Burlingame, California. Previously, she has served as rabbi and program director at Temple Beth Emeth in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is a graduate of University of Cincinnati and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's Cincinnati campus. Rabbi Delson is an alumna of the Brickner Social Justice Rabbinic Fellowship and participates in local multi-faith organizations in the Bay Area. She is an active member of the Women's Rabbinic Network. One of the greatest joys of being a congregational rabbi is participating in people's lives while continuing to learn new ways to teach Torah and engage in the world.
Rabbi Delson and her husband, Brent, are parents of two children.
Beth Klafter, Convention and National Events Co-VP
Rabbi Beth Klafter became the Senior Rabbi of Temple Beth David in Commack, NY in 2013. Prior to being named Senior Rabbi, Rabbi Klafter served for seven years as the Director of the Religious School. She was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 1988, where she received a Masters in Religious Education as well as a Master in Hebrew Letters. She studied at New York University's School of Education and Brown University were she earned her B.A. in Religious Studies. She was awarded the title of Reform Jewish Educator by the National Association of Temple Educators (now ARJE) in 1992. In 2013, Rabbi Klafter received her Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, from Hebrew Union College honoring her 25 years in the Rabbinate.
Rabbi Klafter is a member of several professional organizations: the Central Conference of American Rabbis, where she has served on its Rabbinic Rapid Response Team, Committee on Women in the Rabbinate, and Committee on the Rabbi’s Family; the Association of Reform Jewish Educators, where she crafted professional documents for the organization; the Women’s Rabbinic Network where she served on the Executive Board as the New York Regional Coordinator and as its Treasurer.
Patricia Karlin-Neumann, Convention and National Events Co-VP
Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann is Senior Associate Dean for Religious Life at Stanford University. She came to Stanford University in 1996. She is the first University Chaplain from a tradition other than Christianity in Stanford’s history. In 2001, she was appointed Senior Associate Dean for Religious Life. She teaches and lectures widely on Jewish feminism, rabbinical ethics, the relationship between religion and education, and social justice.
Rabbi Karlin-Neumann was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1982. She has been a Hillel Director and Jewish Chaplain at UCLA and at the Claremont Colleges, a congregational rabbi in Alameda, California and a Regional Director for the Union for Reform Judaism. She is married to biologist George Karlin-Neumann and is the mother of Chana (and Dylan), Zev (and Orly) and grandmother of Layla.
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.
Kelly Levy, Immediate Past President
Kelly Levy is the Associate Rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel in Austin Texas. Following her ordination from HUC-JIR in 2014, she served as the Assistant and Associate Rabbi for Temple B'rith Kodesh in Rochester, New York. 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 and connecting with each member of this incredible organization.
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. Before joining WRN professionally in 2015, Mary served congregations in Westfield, Morristown and Washington, New Jersey. As part of her work with WRN, Mary is the co-leader of the Reform Pay Equity Initiative, which addresses the wage gap within the Reform Movement. Participating in many national #metoo conversations, Mary is able to share WRN's decades of experience and wisdom on creating safe, just, and equitable communities.