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Our Leadership


Rabbi Marc E. Berkson

Rabbi Marc E. Berkson has been with us since 1999 and is only 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 CEEBJ.
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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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Susan Cosden -
Dir. Lifelong Learning

Susan Cosden, RJE, serves as our Director of Lifelong Learning. In this capacity she oversees our Religious School, Adult and Family Education programs. Ms. Cosden earned her Masters of Arts in Jewish Education from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion's Rhea Hirsch School of Jewish Education in Los Angeles. 
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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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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 ...

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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Marc E. Berkson
The Allan H. and Suzanne L. Selig Rabbinic Chair

Rabbi Emeritus
Francis Barry Silberg,

David M. Barash

Executive Director
Andrew Appel

Director of
Lifelong Learning
Susan E. Cosden, RJE

Director of Security
M'Johno Foster

Michael Grinker

Vice President
Tamar Kelber

Vice Presidents
Lois Brazner
Reenie Kavalar
Rich Konz
Benjamin Levin
Tamara Miller

Jennifer Bergman

Scott Stern

Immediate Past President
Michael Levin

Board of Trustees
Linda Bader
Amanda Berg
Audrie Berman
Cheryl Brickman
Jori Broidy
Paul Eberhardy
Susan Richheimer
Jennifer Saber
Brian Schupper
Albert Solochek
Jerry Weinberg
Daniel Wilkinson

President of
Temple Brotherhood  
Robert Jacobs

President of
Women of Emanu-El 
Ruth Treisman

Sat, May 27 2023 7 Sivan 5783