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.
Kelly Levy, Co-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.
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.
Elisa Koppel, Secretary
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.
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!).
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.
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.
Emily Segal, Social Action and Advocacy VP
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.
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!
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.
Ellen Nemhauser, Immediate Past 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).
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 conversation, Mary is able to share WRN's decades of experience and wisdom on creating safe, just, and equitable communities.