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 learning program for those considering conversion to Judaism in North America. He also serves as a Lecturer in Rabbinics at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. In 2016, Rabbi Greenwald received the Covenant Foundation's Pomegranate Prize in Jewish Education.

Rabbi Greenwald is the editor of On One Foot, an introduction to Judaism course book and curriculum, used by communities and congregations nationwide. His writing appeared in the Washington Post and Jewish Journal, and in numerous online publications including MyJewishLearning and JewishValuesOnline. He is a Fellow with the National Center for Learning and Leadership (CLAL)'s "Rabbis Without Borders" initiative and speaks and teaches nationwide on issues of conversion, inclusion, and engagement.

Prior to the Intro Program, Rabbi Greenwald served as the Revson Rabbinic Fellow at IKAR in Los Angeles, often recognized as one of America's most innovative spiritual communities. He received his undergraduate degree in History from UCLA and his master's degree and rabbinic ordination from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in 2011. He is married to Anne Hromadka, an art curator and consultant.

Contact Rabbi Greenwald at agreenwald@aju.edu. 

Hannah BernsteinHannah Bernstein is the Program Administrator of the Miller Intro to Judaism Program. Hannah previously managed an art gallery in Downtown Los Angeles and worked for Night Vision Entertainment. She is a graduate of American Jewish University, an alumna of the Jeremiah Fellowship at Bend The Arc and has a strong family tie to the Miller Program -- her mother completed the course and converted on campus! Hannah is drawn to powerful narratives and loves learning the individual stories of the people in the Intro community.

Contact Hannah at intro@aju.edu



  Keilah Lebell Keilah Lebell is thrilled and honored to be the rabbinic intern for the Intro to Judaism Program. She has reached her her fifth and final year at the AJU Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies and feels she has much wisdom to gain from the Intro participants as she prepares for ordination. Keilah was raised in a rural part of the Bay Area in a house of books - her mother is an author and father an editor - and she went on to study the "Great Books" at St. John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Needless to say, she has a deep passion for being outside and for studying text. After college, Keilah taught children and adults how to swim and began delving more deeply into her Jewish identity and spiritual practice. She studied Hebrew intensively at Middlebury College, had an transformative experience at BCI, and discovered her passion for traditional Jewish learning at the Pardes Institute of Jewish studies in Jerusalem. It was there that she met her beloved husband Sam and resolved to become a teacher of Torah. She and Sam are blessed with a son, Meir, and a daughter, Della.

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