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Meet Our Staff

Ken Kahn
Executive Director
Born and raised in the Midwest, Ken grew up enjoying a strong conservative Jewish background.  As a young adult he was active in BBYO, USY and attended Camp Moshava. Later while attending college, he spent one summer at camp Herzl where he was the Rosh Tefilah.  In his adult years his passion for Judaism kept him active and involved with fundraising for multiple organizations.
Joshua Ackman
Youth & Education Director

Joshua Ackman M.A.J.E. is thrilled to be joining the Rodeph Sholom family as the new Education Director! Joshua has a Master's Degree in Jewish Education from the Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson University (formerly Baltimore Hebrew University), a Graduate Certificate in Experiential Israel Education from George Washington University, and a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Central Florida (CHARGE ON!). As a youth, he was a member of USY and BBYO, having also worked for both as well as a former Summer Camp Director. He is looking forward to bringing his experiences and creating meaningful Jewish experiences for all our synagogue families! Joshua joins us with his wife, Christine, and his rainbow baby, Yael, who was born in October 2020.

Jennifer Richardson
Administrative Assistant
Jennifer lives in Safety Harbor with her husband, Marty. She has two children, Christopher and Lucy. 
Miguel Espinal
Miguel joined the staff at Rodeph Sholom 5 years ago and keeps the synagogue orderly and in functional condition.  He has lived in Tampa for over 20 years with his wife, daughter, son and one grandson.
Brian Thompson
Brian works as a bathymetric surveyor full time and keeps the synagogue orderly and in functional condition on the weekends.  He was born in York, Pennsylvania, but was raised in Tampa, Florida.  His favorite sport is boxing. He enjoys watching, studying and putting his gloves on and working out himself.  He has a grown son and daughter.
Bernice Wolf
Staff Volunteer
Bernice has been a member of Rodeph Sholom since 1969.  Bernice was the first female president of Congregation Rodeph Sholom.  She has been a valuable volunteer for over 20 years. Prior to her retirement, Bernice worked in county government for 21 years. 
Tue, October 19 2021 13 Cheshvan 5782