OUR SPIRITUAL LEADERS
RABBI YAEL ROMER
Our spiritual leader, Rabbi Yael Romer, is passionately dedicated to creating a warm, vibrant, and inclusive Jewish community. Rabbi Yael's dedication to Jewish worship, scholarship, ethical living, education, activism, and Tikkun O'lum lights and inspires our community. Rabbi Yael holds degrees from Brandeis University, New York University, and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), a Doctorate of Divinity from Hebrew Union College. In addition, she trained as a spiritual director in the Bekhol Levavkha Spiritual Direction Program at HUC-JIR. She was also the third female congregational rabbi in Israel.
During her tenure here, Rabbi Yael has reshaped a small Hudson Valley community with innovative initiatives, including outdoor services, weekly meditations, a highly active adult education program, sunrise Shavuot, and her enormously popular confirmation class. Rabbi Yael is also highly engaged in Hudson Valley Jewish community and is dedicated to her work with her colleagues in the Interfaith leadership community.
CANTOR ROBERT COHEN
Cantor Cohen is steeped in Pete Seeger's belief that everyone can sing. He integrates that into services notable for their warmth, joy, and participation. His own extraordinary journey has led him from a very well known folk group in the village to cantorial work in our community. You will also find Bob very active in the broad interfaith community in Kingston.
Cantor Josée Wolff
Cantor Josée Wolff (pronounced Yo Zay) expands our depth, excitement, and possibilities to our religious services. She is an internationally known teacher of cantors and synagogue musicians. She has also performed Jewish Baroque Music in Germany, Israel, the Netherlands (where she was born), and Curacao. She received her Doctorate of Ministry and MSM from Hebrew Union College. Cantor Josée leads services on the second and fourth weekends, accompanied by Cantor Bob, and when Rabbi Yael is out of town.