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Cindy Kalachek

KoREH (Religious School) Director

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Cindy grew up in Highland Park, IL where she gained a love of Judaism through involvement in youth group functions and summer camp in Wisconsin. She came to St. Louis to attend Washington University as an undergrad and quickly made roots in the local Jewish community. She pursued her Master's degree in Education at Harvard University and returned to St. Louis, when she began her career as an educator. During the span of her 16 years as a high school English teacher, Cindy taught at MICDS, Grand Center Arts Academy and Notre Dame High School. Her guiding principle in education is that "nothing unconnected ever occurs" which drives her to seek learning from anywhere and anyone. Along with her husband Josh and children Jacob and Ella, Cindy enjoys seeking out adventures and festivals in the St. Louis area.

Karen Kern


Experiential Learning Specialist
KoREH Assistant Director

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Karen is a native of St Louis with a bachelor of arts in music education from SIUE. She credits much of her education from her life's greatest gifts, her six children, whom she home educated for many years.  Karen is delighted to be part of our Kol Rinah community since 2013. Prior to joining the synagogue staff, she taught physical education and music in her homeschool co-op community and has worked with our Monica Lynne Neidorff Early Childhood Center and KoREH since 2016. If Karen gets any free time, she enjoys playing softball on our Maccabee team as well as playing pickleball, hiking, biking, reading, being outdoors and staying active.

2024/2025 Staff Information Coming Soon.

Fri, July 12 2024 6 Tammuz 5784