Amy L. Memis-Foler, Co-President
Amy L. Memis-Foler spent eleven years at Temple Judea Mizpah in Skokie, IL as a solo rabbi until she and the congregation joined Beth Emet the Free Synaogue in Evanston, IL in the Fall of 2018. 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.
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).
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.
Sarah Marion, Membership and Outreach VP
Rabbi Sarah Marion is a rabbi at Congregation B'nai Israel in Bridgeport CT. Previously, she has served as rabbi at Temple Oheb Shalom in Baltimore, MD. She grew up in Westchester, NY, and graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis University in May 2008. During her rabbinic studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s New York campus, Rabbi Marion earned her M.A. in Religious Education and completed two units of Clinical Pastoral Education while serving as a multi-faith chaplain at Beth Israel Medical Center and Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
Though she is excited and energized by all areas of rabbinic work, Rabbi Marion is particularly passionate about youth and family engagement, and drawing upon the wisdom of Jewish tradition to empower women and girls.
Rabbi Marion and her husband, Seth have two children, Michaela and Levi. In her free time she enjoys cooking, yoga, and traveling.
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.
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.