Sixteen recently-ordained rabbis have been chosen by the United Jewish
Communities to tour Odessa, Ukraine, and then
Jerusalem to better prepare them for
their leadership roles.
The rabbis will be accompanied by 12 senior rabbis on the Jan. 29-Feb. 8 tour which will focus on
how the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the
Jewish Agency for Israel
help to meet the needs of Jewish communities in Israel and the Diaspora.
Rabbi Bernard Miller, chair of UJC's Rabbinic Cabinet, will lead the mission, which he described as
being "committed to expanding the Jewish horizons for these young rabbis representing all the movements of modern
Judaism." The rabbis were drawn from two Canadian provinces and 11 U.S.
By country, state or province, and city, the rabbis participating in the mission are listed below, with the names of the senor rabbis followed by the symbol-(s).
CANADA: Ontario—Rabbi David Bauman and Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl
(s), both of Toronto.
Quebec— Rabbi Simon Elkeslassy and Rabbi Adam Scheier, both of Montreal
UNITED STATES: Arizona—Rabbi Robert Eisen (s) of Tucson.
California—Rabbi Yitzhak Miller of San Jose,
Rabbi Leonard Muroff of Long Beach.
Colorado—Rabbi Joshua Katzan of Denver.
Louisiana—Rabbi Jeffrey Kurtz-Lendner (s) of New Orleans.
Maryland— Rabbi Gregory Harris of Bethesda
and Rabbi Jonathan Schnitzer (s) and Rabbi Matthew Simon (s), both of Rockville.
New Jersey—Rabbi Aaron Gaber of Ventnor,
Rabbi Eric M. Lankin (s) and Rabbi Ronald Schwarzberg (s,), both of Highland Park;
Rabbi Mark Kaiserman of Livingston;
Rabbi Kerry Olitzky (s) of North Brunswick;
and Rabbi Robert Scheinberg of Hoboken.
New York—Rabbi Adam Feldman of Roslyn;
Rabbi Shaya Kilimnik (s), Rabbi Alison Kobey, and Rabbi Laurence Kotok (s),
all three of Rochester,
and Rabbi Bernard Miller (s) of New York City.
Ohio— Rabbi George Barnard (s) of Cincinnati;
Rabbi Barry Leff of Toledo.
Pennsylvania— Rabbi Ronald Muroff of Harrisburg.
Virginia—Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk of Reston.
Washington (state)—Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg of Seattle
The United Jewish Communities represents 155 Jewish Federations and 400
independent Jewish communities across North America.