Klei Kodesh, Staff, and Leaders

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Klei Kodesh

Rabbi Carnie Shalom RoseRabbi Carnie Shalom Rose 

Our Senior Rabbi, Carnie Shalom Rose, has lived, studied, and taught throughout the world - including stints in Canada, Israel, the Far East, and Europe. He is married to Pauline and they have four wonderful children - "The RoseBuds", Noa, Zakai, Lev & Ellior.

Deeply committed to Jewish Pluralism, Rabbi Rose continually strives to find innovative ways to make Jewish Tradition existentially relevant for contemporary seekers. He is a dynamic and passionate teacher & preacher, and strives to bridge the ways of the past with the needs of the present for the sake of the future.

Rose has received numerous local, regional, national and international honors, awards and recognitions. He served as a Fellow at CLAL - the Center For Learning and Leadership; was a member of the Federation's National Young Leadership Cabinet; was selected to participate in the STAR Rabbis: From Good to Great Program; participated in KJL - The Kellogg School of Management's Education for Jewish Leaders Circle; CLAL's Rabbis Without Borders; the Jewish Agency for Israel's Global Emerging Leaders Forum; the International Rabbinic Leadership Council which advises the Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary; the Rabbinic Leadership Institute of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem; and spent a year as a Fellow at the Hebrew University's Melton Center for Excellence in Jewish Education.

In 2010, Rabbi Rose signed a long-term contract with Congregation B’nai Amoona and was named the Rabbi Bernard Lipnick (Z’L) Senior Rabbinic Chair – a particularly poignant and fitting honor as Rabbi Lipnick served as a significant mentor and role model to Rabbi Rose.

Rabbi Rose is warm, affable and approachable and eagerly looks forward to communicating with those who seek his guidance and counsel. He can be reached at: RavRoseBA@aol.com or 314-576-9990 x105.


Rabbi Josef Davidson

For Rabbi Davidson, Judasim is an action-oriented system in which our relationships with G-d and Creation are reciprocal. B'nai Amoona is a place where there is an emphasis on building relationships through the performance of Mitzvot, not in a perfunctory manner, but with Kavanah (intention). These actions provide us with a way of life in which we can find meaning, purpose and joy in our lives.

Rabbi Joe tutors B'nai Mitzvah students under the direction of Hazzan Nathanson, and teaches a Sunday morning class for adults. He works with leaders of the daily Minyanim and provides support to the Klei Kodesh team.

Rabbi Davidson, with degrees from Washington University and Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, has served communities in Minnesota, Colorado, Connecticut and Tennessee prior to retirement. He joined B'nai Amoona in 2006 as a member, and became a member of the Klei Kodesh team in 2009.

He can be reached at: Rabbijad@bnaiamoona.com or 314-576-9990 x 136.


Sharon NathansonCantor Sharon Nathanson

Cantor Nathanson has served our Congregation since 2003. Born into a musical family and raised in St. Louis, she was afforded the unique opportunity to return to B’nai Amoona, her home congregation, as a member of the Klei Kodesh team. Utilizing the rich tradition of Jewish music, our Cantor reaches out to all segments of our population. She is active in teaching our students preschool through high school, as well as adults. Her degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign coupled with her extensive background in liturgy and vocal performance combine to create services that are both beautiful and accessible for this singing congregation.

She can be reached at Sharon.nathanson@bnaiamoona.com or 314-576-9990 x 104.

Our Staff

The Rabbi Bernard Lipnick Senior Rabbinic Chair
Cantor Sharon Nathanson
Michael Samis
Executive Director
Director of Religious Education
Director of Early Childhood Education
Andrew Schwebel
Director of Experiential Education
Rachel Bray Spezia
Youth / Camp / Religious Assistant
Pam Appelman
ECC Assistant
Laurie Cohen
Assistant to Rabbi Davidson & Cantor Nathanson
Office Manager
Larry Goldman
Jon Hoffman
Amy Maupin
Assistant to Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose
Claudia Millonas
Accounting Assistant
Barry Needle
Cemetery Director
Jenny Rosenblatt
Synagogue Educator
Barbara Shechter
Development & Program Associate
Vickie Shuchart
Graphic Design & Communications Manager
Tanya Spivey
Web Manager & Communications Assistant

Lay Leaders


Executive Committee

Andrew Oberman
Mark Dana 
Executive Vice President
Anthony Cohen
VP, Operations
Debbie Dalin
VP, Education
Holly Elfanbaum
VP, Development
Joel Perlmutter
VP, Programming
Lori Wishne
VP, Membership
Gail Feldstein
Jeff Singer

Members at Large

Amy Abramson
Sisterhood President
Jay Englander

Men's Club President
Alan Fine
Karen Stern
Sam Valencia
Gary Wolff


 Board of Trustees

Melissa Baris
Mueriel Carp
Creighton Cohn
Bonnie Davis
Dorothy Ellis
Alan Fine
Al Finkelstein
Alison Fox
Bruce Frank
Mark Gersten
Mark Givarz
Louis Goldman
Matt Grad
Richard Hitt
Sheryl Kalman
Phillip Korenblat
Michael Laycob
Marcia Levy
Dr. Barry Milder
Rhonda O'Brien
Joel Perlmutter
Mimi Pultman
Linda Rosenblatt
Avi Rozsenzweig
Nadine Spitz
Rachel Taxman
Richard Wolkowitz

 Past Presidents

Edward Balk
Janet Baron
Norton Beilenson
Harvey Cantor
Leonard Frankel
Lester Goldman
Harvey Greenstein
Marc Lapp
Albert Price
Michael Rosenblatt
Karen Tabak
Phyllis Traub
Lawrence Waldman
Marcy Williams