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Rabbi Scott Shafrin

Religious School Director and Assistant Rabbi

Rabbi Shafrin has served as Rabbi-in-Residence at The Epstein School, a Solomon Schechter Day School in the Atlanta metro area and simultaneously worked as a rabbinic partner at Congregation Etz Chaim in Marietta, GA. He is an avid musician and singer. A Milwaukee, WI native and graduate of Brandeis University, Rabbi Shafrin has deep experience in community organizing. He received a M.A. Ed. from the Fingerhut School of Education and rabbinic ordination from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, both housed within the American Jewish University in Los Angeles.
Rabbi Shafrin and his wife, Rabbi Jessica Shafrin have two sons, Amitai and Nadav.

Ellen Cohen

Administrative Assistant

I am the Administrative Assistant at Koreh. I was born, raised in University City. I was the Administrative Assistant and Office manager at B’nai Amoona for 14 years and Administrative Assistant in Pardes, the B’nai Amoona Religious School for two years, before coming to Kol Rinah.

Janet “Morah Ayelet” Goldman

Second/Third Grade Teacher (Sunday)

I was born in Illinois and attended Monmouth College in Monmouth, IL where I majored in English and minored in Music and Education.  I moved to Chicago after graduation and worked as a Vocational Counselor for

Moser Secretarial School and a teacher in the Chicago Public Schools.  After moving to St. Louis, I worked as a middle school teacher in the Lindbergh School District. 

 I have been a Jewish Educator in St. Louis for the past thirty years after becoming an Adult Bat Mitzvah. I have worked at Congregation Shaare Emeth as a Judaic, Hebrew and Music Specialist and a B’nai Mitzvah Tutor for children and adults; Congregation B’nai El as the Director of Education; Central Reform Congregation as a B’nai Mitzvah Tutor; and Congregation Shaare Zedek as a Facilitator for Family Services and an Ambassador for Ruach Am’cha, a program whose goal was  “invigorating the congregation through music.”

 I worked at the Central Agency for Jewish Education (CAJE) for fourteen years and the Saul Mirowitz Day School – Reform Jewish Academy (RJA) for six years.  At CAJE I was the Director of Admissions for the Alexander Muss High School for Israel and the Director of the Commission for Reform Jewish Education where I was the Director of the Community Hebrew Schools and Camp Kee Tov.  For the past five years I have been working for Special School District in the Kirkwood School District.

My specialties are teaching Hebrew and Judaics through Music and Drama and teaching with a passion and a love for Judaism.

I am a single parent who lives with my calico cat named Tikvah.  I have one living son who lives and works in Berlin, Germany. 

I love reading fiction, going to movies and cooking gluten-free plant-based food.   I have traveled to four continents and in 2014, ­­­I went on a humanitarian mission to Cuba to visit and offer assistance to the Cuban Jewish community.     

Emily Herman

Art Specialist

This is my forth year as the Art Specialist at Kol Rinah. I received my undergrad degree from Washington University, with a major in Psychology and minors in Art and Art History . I am a volunteer art teacher and tutor, and also nanny/babysitter. In my spare time, I like art design, travel, dance, music and cooking. I am originally from Ellensburg, Washington.

Karen Kern


Music Specialist

Karen, our new Music Specialist who attended SIUE, is new to KRRS, but not to Kol Rinah. 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.

Linda Kram


Second/Third Grade Teacher (Sunday and Wednesday)

Linda Kram Native St. Louisan Husband-Rick Daughter-Karin Kram-Glassman Son-Daniel Kram Dogs- Makya and Cody Cats- Nico and Lavan BA-English Literature UMSL BS- Elementary Education, Early Childhood, Middle School, Language Arts and Social Studies UMSL Jewish Environmental Specialist Certification-TEVA Melton Graduate 20 yrs at SZ/KOL RINAH ECC-Science and Outdoor ED 6 yrs CRC Religious School 6 yrs Kol Rinah Religious School 11 yrs. Kulanu 2nd year Springboard Teaching Artist Hobbies include: story telling, reading, Tai Chi, Chinese brush painting, gardening-including Garden of Eden at JCC-we donate produce  raised to Jewish Food Pantry. Also involved with the CRC Green Committee, the Litzsinger Road Ecology Center and Gateway Greening.


Joyce Cohen Olshan


Hebrew Specialist

I have a lovely family; a husband of over 30 years 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. I have been involved in Jewish Education for many years and have been a member of different Jewish organizations. I created a children’s book called ‘My Wakeup Book’ that is for sale on Amazon.

Hannah Shanes

I’m originally from a suburb of Chicago, where I graduated from Vernon Hills High School and am now an undergraduate at Washington University. I went to Solomon Schechter Day School and was heavily involved in my summer camp, Tel Yehudah. I spend my summers working as a lifeguard and swim instructor. At Wash U,I am involved in both Leadership Through Service and K – 12 Connections. Both clubs focus on How each person can help their community and do many service projects in the St. Louis community. I play for the Wash U women’s water polo club and am also on the Hillel Board as the Community Service Chair. I love having deep conversations about what Judaism means to you.

Asher Zimand

Asher has attended Jewish Day School for 16 years and several years of college, including a year at a Yeshiva in Israel. He’s attending St. Louis Community College at Meramec this year. Asher spends his spare time drawing, reading and playing video games. He says he “has the heart and vocabulary of a thespian.”

Ashley Harken



This is my third year as a Madricah at KRRS. I am a senior at Marquette High School. I attended Religious School at Shaare Zedek and became a Bat Mitzvah there on my 13th birthday. I enjoy horseback riding, animals and working with computers.

Sun, July 21 2019 18 Tammuz 5779