Our Team

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Rabbi Adam Greenwald is the Director of the Louis & Judith Miller Introduction to Judaism Program at American Jewish University, the largest preparatory program for those considering conversion to Judaism in North America. He also serves as an Lecturer in Education in the AJU's Graduate School of Education. In 2014, Rabbi Greenwald was named one of "America's Most Inspiring Rabbis" by the Jewish Daily Forward.

Rabbi Greenwald previously served as Revson Rabbinic Fellow at IKAR, a Los Angeles congregation often recognized as one of today's most innovative spiritual communities. Prior to ordination, he spent two years as Rabbinic Intern at Congregation B'nai Israel in Tustin, CA and four years creating and leading experiential educational programming for the PANIM Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values in Washington DC.

Rabbi Greenwald is committed to interfaith work, serving on the Los Angeles Archdiocese's Priest-Rabbi Dialogue and was selected as a delegate to the Nathan Cummings Foundation's "Faith in America 2030" summit. Additionally, he has served as a Community Organizing Resident with Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice and as a "Kol Tzedek (Voice of Justice)" Fellow with American Jewish World Service. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, and he is a contributor to Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas' "S-Blog", the Ziegler School's "Today's Torah", and "Jewish Values Online."

Rabbi Greenwald is a graduate of UCLA with a B.A. in History and received his Master's Degree and Rabbinic Ordination at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in 2011.

Contact Rabbi Greenwald at agreenwald@aju.edu.


Sharon MargolinSharon Margolin is the Administrative Assistant of the Louis and Judith Miller Introduction to Judaism Program. She has been working in this position over 25 years and is still going strong!

Born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa, Sharon received her Bachelor's Degree in Education from the University of Texas at Austin. She taught elementary school and was a travel agent before raising her 4 children and becoming a hands-on grandma to her 5 grandchildren. A true “valley girl” she has been living in the San Fernando Valley for around 45 years.

Sharon's favorite aspect of the Intro to Judaism program is meeting all of the interesting people who choose to embrace Judaism and loves being there to assist them along their journeys.

Contact Sharon at intro@aju.edu.


Elle SilverElle Silver hails from Chicago. In her younger days, she was a performer in the theater and has a love for music, from classical to rap. She has been working at American Jewish University for many years in various departments, ultimately finding a place as one of the administrators of the Miller Introduction to Judaism Program. Her connection to people of many cultures and backgrounds make her a perfect fit for the students who enroll in the program. Come into the Office to discover what color her hair will be today!

Contact Elle at intro@aju.edu.


Tova DouglasTova Leibovic Douglas is a native Angelino, entering her fourth year at the Ziegler School for Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University. 

Tova was previously a Rabbinic Intern at Sinai Temple, and focused on developing and coordinating Beit Bracha, a community program for children with special needs. She has also served as an educator in a variety of communities including Camp Ramah, IKAR, Temple Aliyah, and Valley Beth Shalom. Tova is an alumna of the NewGround: Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change Fellowship. Prior to rabbinical school, Tova was an Education Specialist and worked in public school settings as a teacher and behavioral therapist. She graduated in 2008 with a B.A. in Jewish Women’s’ Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Art History from Columbia University.

Tova is committed to imparting egalitarianism and equality for all and is honored to be working with the wonderful students and alumni of this program. She looks forward to learning, growing and building together. She is married to Austin Douglas and they are new parents to Eve Meora who is teaching them the art of living in the moment.

Contact Tova at tleibovicdouglas@aju.edu.


Karen KassDr. Karen Kass grew up in a secular home in the Bronx, then Long Island, and eventually settled in Manhattan, New York. After arriving in Los Angeles in 1989, she and her husband joined Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, where she began her Jewish education as an adult learner.

Since the early 1990s, Karen has facilitated support groups for people converting to Judaism through the Miller Introduction to Judaism Program. In this role, Karen has helped hundreds of Jews by Choice explore issues related to conversion, family and friends, holidays and lifecycle events. While she always had a Jewish soul, she continues to expand her knowledge and commitment to living an educated, informed Jewish life and serves as High Holiday Gabbai extraordinaire at Temple Beth Am.

Karen is a licensed Psychotherapist and Board Certified Educational Therapist in private practice in Los Angeles. She teaches fellow professionals in the graduate studies program at California State University, Northridge.

 

 Contact Karen at kakphd@gmail.com.

 
The Miller Introduction to Judaism Program is led by an exemplary Advisory Board, bringing together a wealth of talents, wisdom, and experience to guide our efforts:

Virginia Maas, Chairperson
Lou and Judith Miller
Bryan and Tina Berkett
May Ziman
Diana Friedman
Ethan Goldstein
Michael and Theresa Maas
Doug Petrie
Tyson and Dana Sales
Joseph Miller
Daniel Miller
Evelyn Perl
Karine Joret
Aaron Sokol