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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.
Judy Van Der Stelt
Education Director

Judy was born in Philadelphia, PA and continued her Jewish studies after confirmation by attending Gratz College High school program and earned a Sunday School Teacher certification.  Her undergraduate degree is from Pennsylvania State University and completed her Graduate Certification in Jewish Education and a Master of Arts in Jewish Studies from Gratz College.  In Tampa, she started as a kindergarten teacher at Congregation Rodeph Sholom, teaching the Pre-2 and Toddler time classes at the JCC and as a teacher at Gymboree.  Judy moved into the role as Judaics Specialist for the JCC Preschool South Branch along with becoming the Director of Youth and Family Programs for Rodeph Sholom.  In 2001, she began her current position of Director of Education, Youth and Family Programs at Congregation Rodeph Sholom.

Administrative Assistant
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. 
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