Rabbi Douglas Kohn is the Interim Senior Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El and has trained as a professional Interim Rabbi in the processes of synagogue change and transition management. In addition to the regular rabbinic duties and needs of the congregation and its congregants, Rabbi Kohn will guide Temple Emanu-El through its rabbinic and institutional transitions. Previously, Rabbi Kohn was Interim Rabbi of Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland, MA, and Rabbi and Interim Rabbi of the Reform Temple of Rockland/ Temple Beth Torah in Nyack, NY. Previously he served as Rabbi at Congregation Emanu El in San Bernardino / Redlands, CA; as Rabbi at Beth Tikvah Congregation in Hoffman Estates, IL, and as Associate and Assistant Rabbi at large, East Coast congregations in Buffalo and Baltimore.
Rabbi Kohn is a graduate of Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH, and received his Masters Degree, Ordination and an honorary doctorate from the Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles and Cincinnati, in 2012. Rabbi Kohn is the author / editor of two books addressing Judaism and illness, scores of articles in various publications, and is a regular speaker at national and regional conferences addressing illness and health.
A native of Connecticut and raised in Michigan, Rabbi Kohn is the father of two children, Benjamin and Elena, and is engaged to his fiancee Susan R.S. Wertheim.
To reach Rabbi Kohn, please call 205-933-8037, ext. 230, or e-mail Rabbi Douglas Kohn.
|Cantor Jessica Roskin joined our Temple family in 1999. Previously she served Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple in New Brunswick, NJ. Cantor Roskin received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music and Religious Studies from Indiana University in 1985, and was ordained and received her Master’s Degree in Sacred Music from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1994. Cantor Roskin is a native of South Florida.To reach Cantor Roskin, please call 205-933-8037, ext. 230, or e-mail
Cantor Jessica Roskin
|Rabbi Laila Haas joined our Temple family in 2011, receiving her ordination and Masters of Arts in Hebrew Letters from the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati. Rabbi Haas received her Bachelors of Arts in Judaic Studies from the University of Miami, and a Masters of Education Administration with a Specialization in Jewish Education from Xavier University. A native of Miami Beach Florida, Rabbi Haas grew up at Temple Beth Sholom in Miami Beach, where her father serves as Cantor. To reach Rabbi Haas, please call 205-933-8037, ext. 230, or e-mail Rabbi Laila Haas.|
|Rabbi Emeritus Jonathan Miller provided enthusiastic leadership for Temple Emanu-El from winter 1991 to summer 2017. Previously, he served as a rabbi at Stephen S. Wise Temple in Los Angeles and Temple Shalom in Auckland, New Zealand. Rabbi Miller was ordained in 1982 at the New York Campus of the Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion, where he has received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity and a a Masters of Arts in Hebrew Letters. Rabbi Miller graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. Rabbi Miller grew up in Wichita, Kansas, Malden, Massachusetts, and Rochester, New York, where his father, Judea Miller served as rabbi. Rabbi Miller is married to Judith Schulman-Miller, and they have three children: Rabbi Aaron and his wife Lauren, Alana, and Benjamin.|