“I want our community members to embrace me, their rabbi, as part of their wellness team, as a cheerleader, teacher, friend and co-worker in making our world a better, safer, and more compassionate place.”

Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg has served as Kol Ami's rabbi since 2014. Before coming to Kol Ami, she was an assistant rabbi and director of education at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue, Washington for 11 years. Rabbi Kinberg is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and a member of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association. She is involved with JStreet, Jewish Federation, Jewish Family Services, Faith Action Network, the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and a variety of other organizations working towards peace, justice, sustainability, and interfaith connections.

Rabbi Kinberg loves working with people of all ages and stages. Children, elders, babies, teens... people who are in the midst of celebration and those who are in the midst of crisis. In addition to providing pastoral care for our members, She offers spiritual direction and small group classes for anyone who wants to study specific topics.

The rabbi can be reached by email or via Kol Ami's main telephone line at

425-844-1604.

RABBI

YOHANNA KINBERG

 

OUR COMMUNITY

 

We're a cozy, dynamic, and egalitarian Reform congregation of about 110 families located in Kirkland, WA. We nurture an atmosphere of openness and friendship, encouraging members of our community to plant or transplant Jewish roots. We welcome empty-nesters, LGBTQ individuals and families, interfaith families, Jews-by-choice, visitors, and anyone who's interested in discovering, rediscovering, or affirming Judaism. 

 

 
 

MEET OUR

STAFF AND TEACHERS

 

  • ASHER HASHASH

    Senior Jewish Educator

    Asher has been a Jewish educator and song leader in the Puget Sound area for over thirty years.  Originally from Israel, Asher lived in New York and Texas before settling down in the Northwest where he worked in multiple synagogues and the JCC. Asher weaves the feeling and texture of Jewish ideas into his classroom and his music. Asher's passion is to create positive community, using humor, rhythm, and common understanding. 

  • MEAGAN PRINCE

    Teacher, Grades 1-4 & Curriculum Development 

    Meagan Prince has a passion for elementary education and Jewish life. Her background in language acquisition (MS Ed, Western Oregon University, '08) and music education (BM Ed, Ithaca College, '03) are her foundation for multi-modal and hands-on learning. She's taught in schools across the USA, as well as in Europe and Asia. With two daughters of her own, Meagan regularly engages in the hows and whys of Jewish living. She sees Judaism as a set of threads running through the calendar of our lives, and strives to make it accessible at each child’s level of curiosity and ability. 

  • MICHAEL WOLDMAN

    Teacher, Grades 5-7

    A native of Ohio, Michael has been tutoring and teaching at Kol Ami for about 10 years now. He received a BFA (cum laude) from Ohio University in 1970, and did graduate work at Kent State and Case Western Reserve University. Woldman taught improv workshops as an intern at Karamu House, Cleveland, and Rhetoric classes as a grad student at Kent State. 

  • RIFKA KRULEWICH

    Teacher, Early Childhood 

    This will be Rifka's 4th year working at Kol Ami! She is active in temple youth group life, and will be KATY President (again!) this year. This summer, she spent a month at URJ Kutz Camp in an Action & Advocacy program.

  • JANE HASHASH

    Early Childhood, Family Education, and Shabbat Site Coordinator

    From pastry chef arts to pre-school crafts, Jane brings her love of Judaism and organizing skills to building community at Congregation Kol Ami. Working with teachers and families with care and humor, she is happy to make everything run smoothely. 

MEET THE

BOARD

 

 
  • LINDA BOOKEY

    Co-President

    Linda is a Program Manager who focuses on talent development, hiring processes, team culture and diversity and inclusion. Her recent work includes content and video creation for Microsoft highlighting the AI and Advanced Architectures team culture to quickly grow a team of hardware and software engineers. 

    Linda brings her social science and change management background to STEM outreach activities including gender and racial equity in K12 and higher education, human capital development and employee communications for tech and scientific companies. As an anthropologist, she’s passionate about creating healthy workplace culture for her clients. 

    Formerly CEO of Bookey Consulting, a woman owned company for over 20 years, her clients are included in the Who’s Who of top global companies and education entities, including Microsoft as a preferred vendor, Real Networks, ACM, BCS, NSF, Stanford, TechBA, Washington Wine Industry Foundation, ChemPoint and University of Washington. Collaborative, creative, and a strategic thinker, she enjoys building deep relationships, facilitating initiatives, and defusing difficult situations. She volunteers as a site visitor with WBENC to certify women-owned businesses.  Past board service includes Temple B’nai Torah for 5 years, including as First Vice President and Washington State Jewish Historical Society for 5 years as VP. 

  • MIKE BRESKO

    Co-President

    Mike and Debbie joined Kol Ami in 2014. Mike retired in 2019 from a career spanning engineering, business leadership, and management consulting to focus on social sector causes and tikkun olam. In addition to being co-president of Kol Ami, Mike serves on the Sammamish Planning Commission and the Sammamish YMCA Board, and he volunteers with Washington Trails Association and the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank. Mike enjoys learning, photography, hiking, cycling, and time with his family including four grandchildren.

  • RHONDA MARSHALL

    Immediate Past President

    Rhonda and her family have lived in Kirkland since 2002—almost as long as they’ve been Kol Ami members. She’d love to meet for coffee, hear your ideas and concerns, and help you get more involved at Kol Ami.

Kol Ami

A Center for Jewish Life in the Pacific Northwest

308 4th Avenue S Kirkland, WA 98033

admin@kolaminw.org

(425) 844-1604

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