Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Interns 1994-2021

1994/95
David Steinberg
(Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, ‘97)
Rabbi Steinberg is the Rabbi at Temple Israel, Duluth, MN.

1995/96
Sara Paasche-Orlow
(Jewish Theological Seminary, ‘96)
Rabbi Paasche-Orlow is the Executive Director of North Eastern Hillel in Boston, MA.
Lina Zerbarini
(Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, ‘97)
Rabbi Zerbarini is the Rabbi at Kehillath Shalom Synagogue, Cold Spring Harbor-Huntington, Long Island, NY.

1996/97
Roderick Young
(Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, ‘99)
Rabbi Young was Assistant Rabbi at CBST from August 1999 – July 2002. Rabbi Young is the former Principal of Finchley Reform Synagogue in London. He is a freelance rabbi, working and writing in the UK and Italy.
Joshua Lesser
(Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, ‘99)
Rabbi Lesser is the Rabbi Emeritus at Congregation Bet Haverim, Atlanta, GA and currently the Rabbi in Residence at Berman Center: Outpatient Mental Health Center in Atlanta.

1997/98
Elisa Goldberg
(Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, ‘99)
Rabbi Goldberg is Rabbi at Temple Micah in Lawrenceville, NJ and is on the Faculty at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Wyncote, PA.
Dan Judson
(Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, ‘98)
Rabbi Judson is the Dean and Chief Academic Officer at Rabbinical School at Hebrew College in Newton Centre, MA.

1998/99
Edythe Held-Mencher LCSW
(Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, ‘99)
Rabbi Edythe Held Mencher, L.C.S.W., is retired from URJ, and has part time consulting and psychotherapy practices.
Roderick Young
Rabbi Young was also a Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern in 1996/97.

1999/00
Rachel Gartner
(Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, ‘02)
Rabbi Gartner is the Director of Jewish Chaplaincy at Georgetown University. Washington, D.C.
Mychal Copeland
(Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, ‘00)
Rabbi Copeland is the Rabbi at Congregation Sha’ar Zahav. San Francisco, CA.

2000/01
Ayelet S. Cohen
(Jewish Theological Seminary, ‘02)
Rabbi Cohen is the Dean of Division of Religious Leadership at the Jewish Theological Seminary in NY, and was Assistant Rabbi at CBST 2002-2009.
David Dunn Bauer
(Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, ‘03)
Rabbi Bauer has a private practice in Queer Spiritual Counseling and is Contract Chaplain at SCI-Phoenix.

2001/02
Ayelet Cohen
Rabbi Cohen was also Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern in 2000/01.
Tracy Nathan
(Jewish Theological Seminary, ‘03)
Rabbi Nathan is on the Judaics Faculty, Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School, St. Louis, MO.

2002/03
Ryan Dulkin
(Jewish Theological Seminary, ‘04)
Rabbi Dulkin is a professor in the theology department at the University of St. Thomas College of Arts and Sciences in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Darren Levine
(Hebrew Union College -Jewish Institute of Religion, ‘03)
Rabbi Levine is the Founding Rabbi at Tamid, the Downtown Synagogue, New York, NY.

2003/04
Lauren Grabelle Herrmann
(Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, ‘06)
Rabbi Grabelle Herrmann is Rabbi at Society for Advancement of Judaism. New York, NY.
Michael Rothbaum
(Academy of Jewish Religion, ‘06)
Rabbi Rothbaum is the Senior Rabbi at Congregation Bet Haverim in Atlanta, GA

2004/05
Ruth Gelfarb
(Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, ‘07)
Rabbi Gelfarb is Rabbi at Synagogue of the Summit in Frisco, CO. When not in Summit County, Rabbi Ruthie Gelfarb serves Congregation Har Hashem in Boulder, CO. Rabbi Gelfarb also serves as the President of Haver: Boulder’s Rabbinic Fellowship.
Darby Jared Leigh
(Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, ‘08)
Rabbi Leigh is the Rabbi of Congregation Kerem Shalom, Concord, MA.

2005/06
Darby Jared Leigh
Rabbi Leigh was also Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern in 2004/05.
Reuben Zellman
(Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, ’10)
Rabbi Zellman is on the Faculty and the San Francisco State University School of Music in San Francisco, CA.

2006/07
Rachel Kahn-Troster
(Jewish Theological Seminary’08)
Rabbi Kahn-Troster is the Executive Vice President at the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), New York, NY.
Rachel Weiss
(Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, ’09)
Rabbi Weiss was CBST’s Associate Rabbi from August 2010 to July 2016. She is Rabbi at Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation, Evanston, IL.

2007/08
Ben Davis
(Reconstructionist Rabbinical College)
Rachel Weiss
Rabbi Weiss was also a Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical intern 2006/07.

2008/09
Cecelia Beyer
(Jewish Theological Seminary, ’10)
Rabbi Beyer is a Rabbi at Temple Sholom in Bridgewater, NJ.
Melissa Simon
(Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, ‘10)
Rabbi Simon is the Director of Israel Education at Hillel International.

2009/10
Melissa Simon
(Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, ‘10)
Rabbi Simon was also a Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern in 2008/09.

2010/11
Ari Lev Fornari
(Hebrew College, ’14)
Rabbi Fornari is the Senior Rabbi at Kol Tzedek Synagogue, Philadelphia, PA.
Yosef Goldman
(Jewish Theological Seminary, ‘13)
Rabbi Goldman is Rabbi at Shaare Torah in Gaithersburg, MD alongside his wife Rabbi Annie Lewis.

2011/12
Guy Austrian
(Jewish Theological Seminary, ‘13)
Rabbi Austrian is the Rabbi of the Fort Tryon Jewish Center, Washington Heights, New York, NY.
Ari Lev Fornari
(Hebrew College ‘14)
Rabbi Fornari was also a Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern in 2010/11.

2012/13
Jason Bonder
(Reconstructionist Rabbinical College ‘15)
Rabbi Bonder is the Associate Rabbi at Congregation Beth Or in Maple Glenn, PA.
Margot Meitner, LCSW,
(Hebrew College ‘14)
Rabbi Meitner has a psychotherapy / pastoral counseling practice and is on the faculty of Hebrew College teaching pastoral counseling.

2013/14
Mikie Goldstein
(Jewish Theological Seminary ‘14)
Rabbi Goldstein is Director, Rabbinical Assembly of Israel and Director of Religious Services, Masorti Movement in Israel.
Ruhi Sophia Motzkin Rubenstein
(Reconstructionist Rabbinical College ‘15)
Rabbi Motzkin Rubenstein is the Rabbi of Temple Beth Israel, Eugene, OR.

2014/15
Elana Friedman
(Reconstructionist Rabbinical College ‘15)
Rabbi Friedman is the Campus Rabbi of Jewish Life at Duke University. Durham, NC.
Ruhi Sophia Motzkin Rubenstein
(Reconstructionist Rabbinical College ‘15)
Rabbi Motzkin Rubenstein was also an intern in 2013/14.

2015/16
Georgette Kennebrae
(Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, ‘17)
Rabbi Kennebrae was the Rabbi at Mikvé Israel-Emanuel in Curacao; the oldest continuously running synagogue in the Western Hemisphere.
Alex Weissman
(Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, ‘17)
Rabbi Weissman is the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College’s Director of Mekhinah and Cultural and Spiritual Life.

2016/17
Ayalon Eliach
(Hebrew College, ‘18)
Rabbi Eliach is the Senior Advisor Director at the Lippman Kanfer Foundation in New York City.
Georgette Kennebrae
(Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, ‘17)
Rabbi Kennebrae was also a Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern in 2015/16

2017/18
Ayalon Eliach
(Hebrew College ‘18)
Rabbi Eliach was also a Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern 2016/17.
Steven Philp
(Jewish Theological Seminary ‘19)
Rabbi Philp is Associate Rabbi at Mishkan Chicago in Chicago, IL.

2018/19
Deborah Megdal
(Jewish Theological Seminary ‘21)
Rabbi Megdal is the Associate Rabbi of Congregation Beth El, Bethesda, Maryland.
Steven Philp
(Jewish Theological Seminary ‘19)
Rabbi Philp was also a Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern 2017/18.

2019/20
Atara Cohen
(Yeshivat Maharat ‘20)
Rabbi Cohen teaches Torah Shebeal Peh to seventh graders at Heschel School in New York City.
Benjamin Dyme
(Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion ’22)
Rabbi Dyme is Rabbi at Beth El the Beaches Synagogue in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
Deborah Megdal
(Jewish Theological Seminary ‘21)
Rabbi Megdal was also was a Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern 2018/19.

2020/21
Deborah Megdal
(Jewish Theological Seminary ‘21)
Rabbi Megdal was also was a Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern 2018/19 and 2019/20 and CBST’s Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinic Fellow this year, 2020/21
David Yedid
(Jewish Theological Seminary ‘22)
Rabbi Yedid is Rabbi at BASE Denver.

2021/22
David Yedid
(Jewish Theological Seminary ‘22)
Rabbi Yedid was also a Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern 2020-21.
Yael Werber
(Hebrew College ’22)
Rabbi Werber is CBST’s Assistant Rabbi.

2022/23
Adam Graubart
(Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion ‘25)
Avigayil Halpern
(Hadar Advanced Kollel ’23)
Aliza Schwartz
(Reconstructionist Rabbinical College ’24)