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Daniel Kraus

 

 


Rabbi
Daniel Kraus

Director of 
Community
Education

212-774-5696
RDK@ckj.org

Rabbi Daniel Kraus is the Director of Community Education at KJ. Daniel is a native of Melbourne, Australia, and graduated Yeshiva University with a B.S. and MBA, completed the Ner LeElef Fellowship at RIETS, and received his ordination from Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg of Jerusalem. Prior to KJ, Daniel served as the inaugural Director of the Manhattan Jewish Experience (MJE) Downtown location where, together with his wife Rachel, spearheaded the creation of a vibrant community of young Jewish professionals and created a hub of Jewish engagement in Midtown Manhattan for over 7,000 participants. Daniel also served as MJE’s Chief Operating Officer. Outside of KJ, Daniel is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Birthright Israel Foundation, where he leads strategic alliances for the Foundation, manages the post-trip engagement strategy for Birthright alumni and Institutional Giving.

 


 

 

 

Rachel Kraus
Director of 
Community 
Education

Rachel@ckj.org

Rachel Kraus is the Director of Community Education at KJ. Rachel completed a B.S. from Stern College majoring in marketing with a minor in music, including coursework study at The Juilliard School and holds an MBA from NYU. Rachel is the Vice President of Marketing for the Westfield Corporation, where she leads marketing strategy, partnerships, and brand experience for the World Trade Center retail development project. She has over a decade of experience in teaching informal Jewish education, has taught and lectured in Australia, Belarus, and throughout the US and has been teaching the Matan Bat Mitzvah program in the NY/NJ area for the past decade. Rachel and Daniel are the proud parents of four young children. They were also listed among the 2017 Jewish Week’s 36 Under 36 list of emerging Jewish leaders.

 

Mayer Davis

 

 


Mr. Mayer 
Davis

Cantor

Cantor Mayer Davis graduated Queens College with a B.A. in Jewish Studies and studied at Yeshiva University’s Cantor’s Institute. In addition, he trained under the tutelage of his father, Cantor Avrum Davis, a”h, and with the late Cantor David Koussevitsky. A versatile vocal performer and songwriter, he has appeared at venues across the country and has been a featured guest soloist with Zamir Chorale, most recently at Avery Fisher Hall. He has been commissioned to compose numerous musical pieces for Jewish liturgy and several of his choral compositions have been performed by various Jewish High school choruses, including the Ramaz Chamber Chorus.

 

 



Dr. Shilo Kramer
KJ Beginners Cantor

Rabbi Dr. Shilo Kramer, Chazan for the KJ Beginners program, is a physician specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and regenerative medicine. He is the Director of Physical Medicine at Complete Wellness P.C. in NYC. He completed a fellowship in Cancer Rehabilitation at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He received his M.S. degree from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education at Yeshiva University and is a popular Jewish studies and Bar Mitzvah tutor for the community’s children.

 

 

 


Dr. Benjamin Zalta
Chazan

Dr. Benjamin Zalta, an Associate Professor of Radiology in the Cardiothoracic Division at Montefiore Medical Center and a native of Damascus, Syria, has been Chazan at the KJ Sephardic Minyan since its founding in 2011. He came to New York at the age of 18 to study at Yeshiva University, and went on to earn a medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Steeped in the Syrian musical tradition, Dr. Zalta has served Sephardic congregations in Brooklyn and Deal, NJ and led the Sephardic Services at Fifth Avenue Synagogue for 18 years.

 

 

 

Rabbi Jeremy Wieder
Rabbinic
Scholar

Rabbi Dr. Jeremy Wieder is Yeshiva University’s Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Professor of Talmud in the Mazer Yeshiva Program, a rosh yeshiva at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and an adjunct professor of Bible at Yeshiva College. A summa cum laude graduate of Yeshiva College, he was ordained at RIETS, received his MS in American Jewish history from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, and holds a Ph.D. in Judaic studies from New York University. Rabbi Wieder is a prolific scholar on issues of Torah’s relationship with modernity, with more than 900 lectures on Judaism captured on audio and video and available online. 

 

 

 


Leead Staller
Rabbinic
Intern

Leead Staller is a Semikha student at Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and a MA candidate in Jewish History at the Bernard Revel Graduate School. Leead graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Intellectual History and Humanistic Philosophy. In RIETS, Leead is a member of both the Katz and Kupietzky Kollels, a rabbinic fellow in the Strauss Center for Torah and Western Thought, and a Wexner Graduate Fellow. Leead loves music, Netflix, and the New Yorker, and is always eager to discuss culture, high or low. 

 

Daniel Kraus

 

 


Danielle Kaufman Herbst
KJ Social worker
 

Danielle has been a lifelong KJ member and resident of the Upper East Side. She graduated Mount Holyoke with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and received a Master’s in Psychology from Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology and a Master’s in Social Work from Fordham University. Danielle, who has experience working with a wide variety of populations and settings, will be an invaluable resource to the community. She will provide individual and family/group counseling; help with referrals and access to services, and provide support during life’s challenging periods. Working with the KJ Rabbis, she will help address any emerging concerns and develop programs that best suit the needs of the community.

 

Daniel Kraus

 

 


Rabbi Mayer Moskowitz
Yiddish Teacher

For 53 years, Rabbi Mayer Moskowitz served the Ramaz and KJ community in various educational positions – the teaching of Judaic Studies in the Upper School and Head Master of Judaic Studies in the Lower School. He was the Baal Tefillah in the auxiliary minyan on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and taught classes as part of the Lunch and Learn program at KJ. Rabbi Moskowitz Devoted his life to kindling the Pintaleh Yid.

 

Sara Rosen
KJ Lecturer

Dr. Shera Aranoff Tuchman has been teaching a weekly class in Biblical commentary at KJ for the past 18 years.  Notes from this class culminated in the publication of two books, Passions of the Matriarchs and Moses’ Women, commentaries on the women in Genesis and Exodus respectively.  Shera recently translated and edited over 35 diaries written by her grandmother, Safta’s Diaries—Intimate Diaries of a Religious Zionist Woman.  These diaries depict American Jewish life post World War Two and include private and personal family happenings, as well as political and historical writings.  The book, just published by KTAV, has been reviewed as a “modern-day Gluckel of Hamlen.”  Dr. Aranoff also practices Dermatology in Manhattan.

 

 

 

Dr. Shera Aranoff
Tuchman

KJ Lecturer

Dr. Shera Aranoff Tuchman has been teaching a weekly class in Biblical commentary at KJ for the past 18 years.  Notes from this class culminated in the publication of two books, Passions of the Matriarchs and Moses’ Women, commentaries on the women in Genesis and Exodus respectively.  Shera recently translated and edited over 35 diaries written by her grandmother, Safta’s Diaries—Intimate Diaries of a Religious Zionist Woman.  These diaries depict American Jewish life post World War Two and include private and personal family happenings, as well as political and historical writings.  The book, just published by KTAV, has been reviewed as a “modern-day Gluckel of Hamlen.”  Dr. Aranoff also practices Dermatology in Manhattan.

 
Mon, September 24 2018 15 Tishrei 5779