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Our Leadership


Rabbi Jessica Barolsky

Rabbi Jessica Barolsky is honored to be at Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun. She loves the connections and relationships that are part of working in a congregation, and she enjoys marking milestones of all sizes along individuals’ and families’ Jewish journeys. She believes that there is always more to learn, that there are almost limitless ways to be Jewish, and that moments of connection are what make Judaism as beautiful and as special as it is.
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Cantor David Barash

Cantor David Barash has served at Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun in Milwaukee, Wisconsin since 2001.  David loves engaging congregants through Jewish music: working with adult and children’s choirs; conducting our congregational band; directing our annual Purim spiels; leading participatory Shabbat, Festival, and High Holy Day services.
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Rabbi Marc E. Berkson - Rabbi Emeritus

From 1999 through June 2023, Rabbi Marc E. Berkson was the congregation’s sixth senior rabbi since the merger of Emanu-El and B’ne Jeshurun in 1927. Active in a wide range of local and regional Jewish, inter-religious, and human relations programs and organizations, Rabbi Berkson brings his love of teaching and his community-building skills to Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun.
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Andrew Appel -
Executive Director

After growing up in Long Island, NY, Andrew Appel received his BA from Binghamton University, and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management graduating with distinction in Marketing and Organizational Behavior. His work life has reflected his passion for customer service, having led in many roles, including Sales Operations Manager at Hewlett-Packard and Director of Marketing at GE Healthcare. And in 2009, … View more ...



Michael Grinker -

Michael has been a member of CEEBJ since returning to Milwaukee with Sharon in 1993. Shortly thereafter, Michael and Sharon were blessed with Shira and Ezra, both of whom were named, and later celebrated b’nei mitzvot at CEEBJ. Michael grew up in the congregation at the Kenwood Boulevard location, where the Grinker and Gronauer families go back three more generations.
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M'Johno Foster -
Director of Security

M’Johno Foster recently retired as a Police Lieutenant for the Milwaukee Police Department where he served for over 26 years. M’Johno’s role at CEEBJ as Director of Security is to provide a safe and secure environment for our members, families and guests who meet to learn and worship. Over his career, M’Johno received and conducted countless training in the areas of leadership, collaborative management, security, threat mitigation, intelligence gathering and crime prevention.
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Jessica K. Barolsky
The Allan H. and Suzanne L. Selig Rabbinic Chair

David M. Barash

Rabbi Emeritus
Marc E. Berkson

Rabbi Emeritus
Francis Barry Silberg,

Executive Director
Andrew Appel

Director of Security
M'Johno Foster

Michael Grinker

Vice President
Tamar Kelber

Vice Presidents
Lois Brazner
Reenie Kavalar
Rich Konz
Benjamin Levin

Jennifer Bergman

Scott Stern

Immediate Past President
Michael Levin

Board of Trustees
Linda Bader
Amanda Berg
Cheryl Brickman
Paul Eberhardy
Robert Jacobs
Jody Lansing
Alyson Lippman
Mark Lukoff
Susan Richheimer
Jennifer Saber
Brian Schupper
Jerry Weinberg
Daniel Wilkinson

President of
Temple Brotherhood  
Mark Holland

President of
Women of Emanu-El 
Ruth Treisman

Thu, May 30 2024 22 Iyar 5784