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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


Young Families Program Coordinator
KoREH Assistant Director

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Karen, our new Assistant Director, who attended SIUE, is a veteran teacher in our learning community, as well as our Early Childhood Center and our Kol Rinah community. She has helped lead the KR Kabbalat Shabbat Services. Karen plays the piano, guitar and hand drums. For the past four years, she has attended Song Leader Bootcamp, an immersive, inspirational, and strategic Jewish leadership program for Jewish clergy, educators, and song leaders.  In addition to being the co-director of the North County Home-school Choir, Karen has been homeschooling her children since 2002. You might find Karen working out, hiking, bike riding or reading in her spare time.

Golda Cohen


Pre-K/Kindergarten Teacher
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Morah Golda is a longtime teacher for a number of different synagogue Religious Schools, has instructed dozens of students in Hebrew language reading and writing, and has prepared hundreds for their B’nai Mitzvah.  She loves working with students of all ages and getting them excited about Judaism. During the week she works in marketing at a home healthcare agency. 

Delaney Holden

1st Grade Teacher
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Delaney Holden Zev has lived in Saint Louis since 2015 and worked for a time at the Saint Louis Zoo. They live with their wife Georgia and two cats in University City. They spend their free time knitting and crocheting, and they love cooking and baking, especially for friends and family. 

Joyce Cohen Olshan


3rd Grade Teacher
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I have a lovely family; a husband of over 30 years, Bob, and three adult children; Yonit, Maayan and Dovran. After graduating from Ladue High School, I received my undergraduate degree in Judaic Studies from UMKC and my graduate degree in Occupational Therapy from Mizzou. I worked as an Occupational Therapist in various hospitals and schools in St. Louis and in Israel and as a guide at the Diaspora Museum in Tel Aviv. My Hebrew skills come from having lived in Israel for over 10 years. As an OT, I created a family book called My Wakeup Book, that is on Amazon. I have been involved in Jewish Education and synagogue activities for many years. I have been a member of Kol Rinah  (previously Shaare Zedek) for all my many years. 

Brigit Burke


6th/7th Grade Teacher 
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Brigit Burke knows that her purpose in life is to take care of young children. She delights in creating fun and educational activities for her students. She is a graduate of the American Hebrew Academy, and is always excited to study more about Judaism, as well as to share her knowledge.  When she is not working with our 6th/7th grade students at KoREH, Brigit is a teacher at our Kol Rinah Early Childhood Center. Brigit is the third of four children and enjoys spending time with her nephews. 
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