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Rabbi Ranon Teller

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Rabbi Ranon Teller was born and raised in a traditional Jewish home in Southfield, Michigan. He attended Akiva Hebrew Day School through middle school and then moved to Chicago to attend Skokie Yeshiva High School. After high school, Rabbi Teller spent two years of intense yeshiva study in Israel. He has always been a creative soul, passionate about Judaism and the field of education. Although both his parents are Jewish educators, Rabbi Teller initially pursued scriptwriting as a career. He graduated from Columbia College with a B.A. in television writing. His writing career began in Chicago, led him to Los Angeles, and then continued in Jerusalem. As he continued to write, Rabbi Teller enrolled part-time at Machon Shechter, the Conservative rabbinical school in Israel. Finally, he embraced his calling and enrolled in a joint rabbinic and education program at the University of Judaism. Rabbi Ranon Teller began his career in the pulpit as an Assistant Rabbi at Congregation B’nai Amoona in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2004, he was recognized and honored with a promotion to Associate Rabbi. He joined the Brith Shalom family in 2005. Rabbi Teller's wife, Vicki, is actively involved with our synagogue. Rabbi Teller and Vicki have four beautiful children, Ariella Pearl, Maya Naima, Jake Aaron, and Nava Liba, and one very happy dog, Jessie Afikomen Teller.

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Cantor Levine

Cantor Mark Levine
Director of Education/Interim Executive Director

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Cantor Mark Levine grew up as part of a traditional Jewish family in New Jersey. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the State University of New York and a Judaic degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary, he earned a master's degree as a Chazan at the Manhattan School for Cantors. Cantor Levine served as Chazan and Youth Director for seven years at the Nanuet Hebrew Center in Nanuet, New York before moving to Dallas where, during a fourteen year period, he served Congregation Shearith Israel in a number of capacities: as Cantor, as Middle School Director and counselor for its Solomon Schechter Day school, and as Educational Director for the entire synagogue. Following seven years as Education and Executive Director at Congregation Eilat in Mission Viejo, California, Cantor Levine was brought to Congregation Brith Shalom as Director of Education. After 15 years working at Camp Ramah, Nyack and having led two summer-long Dallas Teen Tours to Israel, Cantor Levine brings a wide range of educational experiences, both formal and informal, to Congregation Brith Shalom. 

 

Melissa Magenheim
Interim Synagogue Administrator

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Melissa Magenheim was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She is a former member of East Midwood Jewish Center, a conservative synagogue in Brooklyn. She attended Camp Ramah in the Berkshires for several years and was a counselor for one summer. She was also an active member of USY. Melissa graduated from Brooklyn College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Finance.  After graduating from college, Melissa opened Special Effects, a specialty toy shop in Brooklyn. Melissa moved to Houston in 1995 and joined Brith Shalom as a member in 2005. Previously, she was employed with Freeman AV company as an Office Manager at the George R. Brown Convention Center. She joined the staff Brith Shalom in her new position as Interim Synagogue Administrator in April 2018. Melissa has two teenage daughters, Talia and Gabi.

David Krohn
Hazzan in Residence

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David Krohn was trained as a Cantor by his late father Rabbi Philip S. Krohn, of blessed memory, who helped shape the curriculum still used today by the Cantor’s Assembly and School of Sacred Music. Raised in a Rabbinic home in Portsmouth, Virginia, David grew up to Yiddish bedtime stories by Shalom Aleichem and an endless supply of Sidor Belarsky and Moishe Oysher recordings. After obtaining a master’s degree from Juilliard, his Cantorial engagements brought him to some of the most prominent synagogues in the United States for High Holiday and Shabbat services. David has enjoyed solo engagements with the New York Philharmonic, debuts on stages in over forty opera roles with leading opera companies throughout the world, and solo performances in all four theaters of Carnegie Hall.

In addition to his Cantorial and operatic work, in 2005 David began a series of successful Yiddish and Hebrew concerts, continuing his father’s legacy by sharing Jewish music with audiences across the United States. His recent concert of Yiddish Music sold out the ERJCC Kaplan Theater and has led to many subsequent appearances in our Houston community.

David is a proud member of Congregation Brith Shalom, member of the Board of Directors for TORCH (Torah Outreach Resource Center of Houston), and Associate Director of Development for Houston Grand Opera. He is proud to come from a long line of distinguished Rabbis, dating back to Tosafot Yom Tov.

 
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Erin Lepselter
Assistant Director of Education
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Erin is a Dallas, Texas native, former member of Temple Shalom Dallas, and 2002 Bat Mitzvah alumnus of Congregation Kol Ami, of Flower mound, Texas. She began her work experience for the Jewish Community in 2004 as a counselor at Camp Chai of the JCC Dallas. Erin studied for her Early Childhood Education undergrad at the University of Kansas and various places in Texas and Israel. In 2013, Erin attended her Birthright trip and loved it so much she moved to Tel Aviv four months later to start a six month MASA Israel immersion program. While interning, she eventually landed a position as a teacher as the school behavior specialist at CityKids, the first international English center for young families in Tel Aviv. Erin continued working, studying, learning Hebrew, and living like a local in Tel Aviv ,which eventually led her to make Aliyah in the fall of 2014. After recently moving back from her four years traveling the world and living in Israel, Erin is excited to bring cultural experiences and knowledge to the Hebrew school program. 

 

Cherye-Ann Delong

Cherye-Ann DeLong
Executive Assistant to the Clergy

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Cherye-Ann is a proud Texan and native Houstonian. She danced ballet, tap and jazz for 20 years, played piano for ten years, and guitar for two years. She graduated from Milby High School with an emphasis on computer technology, and assumed administrative job roles during high school in a variety of industries such as: corporate retail, non-profit, oil & gas, IT and, most recently, education, at The University of Phoenix. In 2010, while working at The University of Phoenix, Cherye-Ann earned her bachelor’s degree in Human Services Management. Armed with this degree, she began to seek positions in the non-profit sector to find a place where she could make a difference in people’s lives. In September 2011, she began working at CBS. Though she is not Jewish, she has taken an active approach to connecting with the Jewish community at CBS by completing an Introduction to Hebrew course, and taking the initiative to learn about Jewish traditions and rituals. Cherye-Ann has one adult son, two dogs, and two cats. For fun, she actively participates in the Texas Renaissance Festival as pirates, ride motorcycles, and has embarked on a side-business of karaoke, DJing, and is a clown.

 

Jessie Cassorla
Programming Coordinator
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Jessie grew up in Austin as a member of Temple Beth Shalom. Jewish Life had a significant impact on her upbringing; she attended Jewish day school, URJ Greene Family Camp, Religious school, and NFTY. Throughout her childhood, she took on leadership positions as a Sunday school madricha, a camp counselor, and as president of her temple's NFTY board, all of which improved her skills in programming. These experiences helped her continue Jewish involvement in college, where she led as a song leader and Jewish Life intern at the Hillel Student Center at Arizona State University. After graduating in Spring 2017, she spent the summer living in Be’er Sheva interning through Onward Israel, where she worked with children with physical and cognitive disabilities at ALEH Negev. For fun, Jessie likes to sing, play sports, explore the Museum District, and participate in her local Moishe House chapter (first Phoenix, then Austin, and now Houston). Jessie is excited to apply her Judaic knowledge to programming and join the Brith Shalom family!

Sean Bogle
Administrative Assistant 

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Sean Bogle Jr. is a 2017 graduate from Texas Lutheran University. A Psychology major, Statistics minor, and football player, he acquired many achievements during his undergraduate career. Currently, Sean is working towards his Master’s degree in Psychology from Houston Baptist University. Sean is very devoted to his family, friends, and faith. He has many hobbies such as golfing, playing drums, watching sports, and analyzing sports statistics. He hopes to become a familiar face for the synagogue community and to establish an exciting rapport with all staff and members. 

   
 
 


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