AOP New Students 2018-19

Jeremy Borouchoff (Cantorial), Milwaukee, WI. Jeremy studied voice, guitar and piano at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. He has served as a cantorial soloist in synagogues for Shabbat and as a choir member for Yamim Noraim. He also sang with the Milwaukee Jewish Community Chorale. He has performed with jazz, pop, klezmer, and world music ensembles for over 30 years. Jeremy has a B.A. in History and earned his MBA at Alverno College. He is the father of Brianna and Avi and husband to Julie, a teacher and professional actress.
Sonia Breit (Rabbinic Pastor), St Louis, MO. Sonia felt the call to chaplaincy during her work at Evelyn’s House Hospice, where she is part of the Lumina Life Review program. She is a member of the Gateway End-of-Life Coalition. Her interests include non-pharmacological interventions for pain control and depression in the hospice setting. She has also volunteered for Day 366, a program of the Junior League of St. Louis that targets infant mortality. Sonia is a member of Congregation B’nai Amoona and mother of four. She dreams of creating a Jewish independent living community for adults with special needs in St. Louis. She received a M.A. in English Language and Literature from Ohio University.
Adam G. Briones (Rabbinic), Oakland, CA. Adam is an ordained Interfaith Chaplain and Spiritual Director with a B.A. in Art and Communication and a M.A. in Religious Studies. He has completed his CPE residency and works as interfaith minister for a nonprofit that serves the homeless and marginalized by providing housing and medical information, as well spiritual comfort. He had also been a crisis line counselor for many years. An accomplished artist, photographer, and percussionist, he has over the years shared his gifts through teaching. Adam is a member of Temple Sinai, where he has participated in various committees and played percussions at different events. He has been married for thirty-three years to Kate.
Laura Alexandra Cannon (Cantorial), Seattle, WA. Laura and her two children live in Seattle. She attended Bryn Mawr College and the University of California, Los Angeles and has a Master’s degree in Spanish Literature. In her previous career she taught middle school French and Spanish. For the past nine years, she has served as the cantorial soloist and B'nai Mitzvah tutor for Congregation Kol Shalom, where her daughter, Natalie, recently became Bat Mitzvah. Entering the Cantorial Program fulfills a lifelong dream for Laura.
Diana Neshamah Faraone (Rabbinic), Petaluma, CA. Diana Neshamah is a board-certified dance/movement therapist working at a state psychiatric hospital in Napa. She holds a Bachelor’s in Dance and a Master’s in Dance/Movement Therapy from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has taught dance technique and choreography at two universities and has a long history of performing, singing, and making fine art. She is also trained in several of the intuitive and hands-on healing arts. Diana Neshamah was raised in a Jewish area of Los Angeles; her spiritual journey eventually led to conversion in 2007 and to her embracing Jewish Renewal and its inclusion of joyful, embodied worship.
Rachel Goldberg (Rabbinic), Evanston, IL. Rachel is a Reiki Master teaching and practicing in Evanston, where she co-owns a holistic wellness center with her spouse. She holds a B.A. in History, certification in Secondary Social Studies Education, and has studied Creative Entrepreneurship. She is the co-founder – with Phyllis Furumoto, the lineage bearer of Usui Shiki Ryoho – of Global Reiki Webinars, a free public webinar series. Earlier in her career as a teacher and community organizer, she served as the Director of Youth Programs at Beth Emet the Free Synagogue in Evanston. She is a member of the davvenen’ team at Mishkan Chicago, where she recently completed a year-long fellowship in Jewish Leadership.
Sally Heckelman (Cantorial), Silver Spring, MD. Sally serves as part-time hazzan at Kol Shalom in Rockville. She has been a Jewish music educator for almost thirty years and is the music specialist for several preschools in the DC area. She co-leads Renewal services with the Jewish Studio and leads shira for Camp Ramah. Sally was formerly in a klezmer band and has produced her own children’s CDs (Sally & The Daffodils), directed JCC youth programs, worked as a social worker in Israel, and taught Hebrew and Jewish music in several schools. Sally holds a B.A. in Judaic Studies from SUNY Binghamton and a MSW from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work. She is married to Dan and has four children.
Andrea Kuti (Rabbinic), Cape Town, South Africa. Andrea is a Jewish educator, a ritual artist, and a certified Doula who grew up in communist Hungary. Like many of her generation whose parents are Holocaust survivors, she only discovered she was Jewish at the age of ten. The silencing and the vacuum she found herself in as a teenager urged her to explore more and have led her to work, study and teach in various settings and denominations in Hungary, Israel, U.S.A., U.K., and Indonesia. Andrea lives in Cape Town with her husband, Rabbi Greg Alexander, and their three children.
Jennie Lavine (Cantorial), New Orleans, LA. Jennie is a Jewish musician and educator, based in New Orleans and performing throughout the country. She plays klezmer, jazz and beyond on her first love, the clarinet. Jennie serves as the Director of Youth Education and Community Engagement at Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation. More on her musical endeavors and recent recordings can be found on
Deni Deutsch Marshall (Rabbinic), Sacramento, CA. As a licensed clinical social worker, Deni provides therapy to children, adults and families. She is also a collaborative divorce coach, child specialist, and mediator. Deni is trained as a Mashpia (spiritual director) through Morei Derekh, a Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Teacher through the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, and a Mussar Facilitator through The Mussar Institute. Deni leads a contemplative Shabbat service at her synagogue, as well as Jewish meditation, Hashpa’ah groups and Mussar groups for both adults and teens in the local Jewish community. She and her husband Steve are proud grandparents of a nine-month-old granddaughter.
Kolby Morris-Dahary (Rabbinic), Denver, CO. Kolby is a Denver native who has just returned to Colorado after a four-and-a-half-year adventure of living in north Israel. She is the Rabbinic Intern at Hebrew Educational Alliance and also serves as the music leader of High Holy Days at Judaism Your Way. She recently completed her M.A. in Jewish Studies at the University of Haifa and has a B.A. in Vocal Performance with an emphasis in Ethnomusicology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is blessed to be supported always by her partner Noam Dahary, an Israeli tour educator.
Gabrielle Pescador (Rabbinic Pastor), Ann Arbor, MI. Gabrielle is an artist and documentary filmmaker specializing in personal expressions of the sacred and the role they play in the construction of human identity. Raised in a traditional Jewish home, she has focused on spiritual development most of her life and has been influenced by various schools of mysticism, meditation and energy healing. Drawing from her graduate work in linguistics, Gabrielle is fascinated by the richness of the Hebrew tri-consonantal root system and the numerological approaches of gematria, how they add layers of meaning to sacred texts. Gabrielle leads Rosh Chodesh ceremonies and Shabbat meditation services in Ann Arbor, where she lives with her husband and two cats.
Deborah Schuman Wohl (Cantorial), West Orange, NJ. Debbie is a retired business manager with a freelance bookkeeping and financial-organization business. She has a B.A. in French from New York University and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. With a passion for singing, she was introduced to the cantorial experience as a shaliach tzibur at the BBYO International Leadership Training Conference, as well as at the ALEPH Kallah. Debbie has been a lay leader in several Reconstructionist congregations in New Jersey. A member of B’nai Keshet in Montclair, she leads services on Shabbat and High Holy Days and is a frequent leyner. She has two adult children, Larissa and Jonathan, and twin grandchildren, Siena and Miles. Debbie is a graduate of DLTI 6 and Kol Zimra 9.