Advisory Board

Rabbi Michael Balinsky Profile Image
Rabbi Michael Balinsky is the Executive Vice President of the Chicago Board of Rabbis, an organization representing two hundred rabbis of all denominations. He is the vice president of the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago, is on the Advisory Board of the Bernadin Center at Catholic Theological Union and the Treasurer of the Council of the Parliament of the World’s Religions. He is also an active participant in a number of Jewish, Christian and Muslim interfaith initiatives. For almost 20 years, he was the Director of Hillel at Northwestern University.
Maharat Ruth Balinsky Friedman Profile Image
Maharat Ruth Balinsky Friedman recently moved to Washington DC to serve as Maharat at Ohev Sholom: The National Synagogue. Ruth is originally from Evanston, Illinois, and she graduated from Barnard College in 2007. Ruth then spent two years studying at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education in New York before attending Yeshivat Maharat, which is the first institution to ordain Orthodox women as spiritual leaders and halakhic authorities. As a supporter of dialogue and pluralism, Ruth has participated in the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College's Retreat for Emerging Jewish and Muslim Leaders in August 2009, the CLAL Rabbis Without Borders student fellowship in 2009-2010, and the JCRC Community Connections Fellowship. She also served as Congregational Intern at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, and interned at the Center for Jewish Living of the JCC in Manhattan.
Rav Baruch Frydman-Kohl Profile Image
Rav Baruch Frydman-Kohl is Anne and Max Tanenbaum Senior Rabbi of Beth Tzedec Congregation in Toronto. A graduate of Northwestern University, he studied philosophy at City University of New York and at the Jewish Theological Seminary where he was ordained and received his doctorate in Philosophies of Judaism. A Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute, Rav serves on the Committee of Jewish Law and Standards of the Rabbinical Assembly and as President to the Toronto Board of Rabbis. He was a member of the Advisory Board of Kellogg Jewish Leaders. He is a life-long fan of the Chicago Cubs.
Rabbi Edwin C. Goldberg, D.H.L. Profile Image
Rabbi Edwin C. Goldberg, D.H.L. is the new senior rabbi of Temple Sholom of Chicago. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Kansas in 1984.He received rabbinic ordination and a doctorate in Hebrew Literature from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (in 1989 and 1994, respectively). Rabbi Goldberg serves on the national advisory board of the Union for Reform Judaism Press, the publishing arm of Reform Judaism, and is a past president of the Rabbinical Association of Greater Miami. He also serves on the President’s Rabbinical Council of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He is the author of many books, most recently, Saying No and Letting Go: Jewish Wisdom on Making Room for What Matters Most. He is the Coordinating Editor of Mishkan HaNefesh, the new Reform Machzor. Rabbi Goldberg is married to Melanie Cole Goldberg, a Jewish educator. They have two children, Joseph (22) and Benjamin (19).
Rabbi David-Seth Kirshner Profile Image
Rabbi David-Seth Kirshner is the senior Rabbi of Temple Emanuel, in Closter N.J. Prior to joining Temple Emanuel, Rabbi Kirshner worked at the Jewish Theological Seminary as Senior Director of Institutional Advancement, overseeing the Seminary's development and outreach efforts. Rabbi Kirshner is the incoming President of the New York Board of Rabbis and was selected among 50 Rabbis to participate in the inaugural class of Jewish Leaders. In 2013, Rabbi Kirshner was appointed to the New Jersey – Israel Commission by Governor Chris Christie. Rabbi Kirshner is married to Dori Frumin Kirshner. They have two children.
Rabbi Peter S. Knobel Profile Image
Rabbi Peter S. Knobel has been Beth Emet's spiritual leader since 1980, encouraging stimulating interaction between clergy and congregants with the goal of infusing deeper Jewish meaning into the lives of individual members and the community as a whole. As of July, 2010 Rabbi Knobel assumed the position of Rabbi Emeritus. He subsequently has served as the Interim Senior Rabbi at Temple Sholom of Chicago and is currently the Interim Rabbi at Temple Judea in Coral Gables Florida. In addition to his congregational responsibilities, Rabbi Knobel serves in leadership roles in the Reform movement on a national level as well as being actively involved in the Chicago-area community. He is the immediate past president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) and served as the chair of the CCAR Siddur Editorial Committee. He is a past Chair of the Liturgy and Reform Practice Committee and was a member of ad hoc committees on human sexuality, homosexuality and the rabbinate, and patrilineal descent. Rabbi Knobel is past president of the Chicago Board of Rabbis and the Chicago Association of Reform Rabbis. He is also the Editor of Gates of the Seasons: A Guide for the Jewish New Year recently re-edited and renamed Mishkan Moeid.
Rabbi Andrew Shaw Profile Image
Rabbi Andrew Shaw is taking on an expanded role at United Synagogue in the UK, which includes over 60 communities with a total household membership of 55,000+. As Director of Strategy and Development, Rabbi Shaw will take the successes of TRIBE, a phenomenally effective youth and young adult initiative, to a broader audience, as well as lead a number of other initiatives. He is also the Community Development Rabbi at Stanmore Synagogue. A graduate of Leeds University, where he studied fuel and energy engineering, he began to create initiatives to engage Jewish students spearheading the 50 days for 50 years project for 5000 students at the Union of Jewish Students. In addition, Rabbi Shaw created the 60 days for 60 years Holocaust initiative and 60 days for 60 years Israel programme – both programmes went global with over 150,000 Jews participating in both projects. He is married to Gila, with two young boys.
Donald P. Jacobs Profile Image
Donald P. Jacobs has been a member of the Kellogg School of Management faculty since 1957 and was Dean of the School from 1975 until 2001 (he is often quoted as saying, "they forget to fire me”). He has been the Gaylord Freeman Professor of Banking since 1979, and thus continues to be a chaired, tenured member of the Faculty. He has been awarded 10 honorary degrees from major universities around the world, including Tel Aviv University for his achievements in building unique educational programs in Israel. He has served as a director on more than 20 corporate boards, and was Chairman of the Board of AMTRAK from 1975 – 1979. He received his B.A. from Roosevelt University, and his Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University.
Dinah Nemeroff Jacobs Profile Image
Dinah Nemeroff Jacobs, Founder and Academic Director of ReNEWed Jewish Leaders (RJL), specializes in building customer-centered organizations, from strategic planning through implementation. She is also the Founder of Kellogg Jewish Leaders, the earlier launch program, which provided cutting-edge management education to 300+ renowned Jewish Leaders across the Jewish spectrum. Mrs. Jacobs pioneered the field of Customer Satisfaction and Service Quality with her 1980 analysis, Excellent Service Companies: Principles & Practices, which was widely recognized as a breakthrough study. At Citibank/Citicorp, Mrs. Jacobs was the Corporate Director of Customer Affairs for 17 years. She has served as a Director on several Boards in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors, including the Hillhaven Corporation, which operated 350 skilled nursing facilities in 37 states, until the Board approved a $1.9 billion buyout. Her publications have reached a global audience in many languages, with articles appearing in the Harvard Business Review, and diverse books including When America Does It Right and The Service Edge. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa, B.A. from the University of Chicago, and has an M.A. from New York University.