Rabbi Jeremy Master was born and raised on Long Island. He graduated with a BA in Religion and the College of Social Sciences from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. After college, he attended the Hebrew Union College and was ordained in 2004. Before coming to Temple of Israel, Rabbi Master served as assistant rabbi at Congregation Beth Chaim in Princeton, NJ.While in his first year in Rabbinical School in Jerusalem, Rabbi Master met his wife, Rabbi Alana Wasserman. They are the proud parents of Peri Rose and Dara Ann.
Dr. Melinda Menzer is a professor of English at Furman University. In 2003, Dr. Menzer traveled to Lithuania to learn more about where her grandfather's family had lived and to see where they were killed. On the trip, she visited museums and archives, talked to historians and survivors, and went to the places where the Jews of Lithuania were murdered. Dr. Menzer is married with two children. She is a congregant at Temple of Israel and serves as the GAIHN coordinator. She has lived in Greenville since 1996.
Come meet and hear the story of Zev Rogalin - Zev has been described as a "walking and talking history book". Zev was born in 1924 and grew up in Lithuania; he was 17 years old at the start of World War 2. Throughout the war, Zev survived three different camps, including Dachau. After the war, he was reunited with his father in Paris through the work of HAIS - Hebrew Immigrant Aide Society. He immigrated to Israel at the same time as David Ben Gurion and Menachem Begin and went to work in an agricultural community where he started teaching. After 17 years in Israel, Zev moved to the United States where he worked as a teacher in Jewish day schools. Zev will speak about his experience during the Holocaust and his life in Israel in the 1940's and 1950's.
Rabbi Kesselman was raised in Detroit, Michigan in a home filled with love, laughter and yiddishkeit. After graduating high school, he continued his studies in Israel, receiving degrees in Talmud and Chassidic Philosophy. Rabbi Kesselman returned to America to complete his Rabbinical Ordination at the Rabbinical College of America in Morristown, New Jersey. Rabbi Kesselman serves the local Jewish community with Chabad's various social and educational programs serving the Upstate.
PJ Library sends free Jewish children's books to families across the world every month. We know that something magical happens when parents sit down together to read with their children. PJ Library shares Jewish stories that can help your family talk together about values and traditions that are important to you. A program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, PJ Library is made possible in the Upstate region through the generousity of the Greenville Jewish Federation. Families with kids ages 6 months through 11 years old with Judaism as part of their lives, are welcome to sign up. PJ Library welcomes all Jewish families, whatever your background, knowledge, family make-up, or level of observance may be. Sign up today at our table in the vendor hall!