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Adam Stock Spilker
Rabbi

Rabbi Spilker has served as a rabbi at Mount Zion since 1997. When he and Cantor Spilker came to the congregation, he led adult and family education and youth activities for four years.  In 2001, he was selected as senior rabbi.  Rabbi Spilker graduated magna cum laude with an A.B. in Religious Studies from Duke University in 1991 and was ordained as a rabbi with a Masters of Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City in 1997.  He and Cantor Spilker have three children.

Benjie Kaplan
Executive Director of Minnesota Hillel

Benjie Kaplan got his professional start working for Hillel at UW-Madison before returning to school to earn a Masters in Jewish Professional Leadership. After spending seven years working for Jewish agencies outside the state, Benjie returned home to St. Paul, Minnesota as the Development Director at the St. Paul JCC in 2010.
Now, just eleven short years since his first stint working for Hillel Benjie has returned to an agency that is close to his heart.
Benjie attended the University of Kansas where he received a degree in Journalism and served as the president of his AEPi fraternity chapter. Following his year at UW-Madison Benjie returned to school at Brandeis University and spent time interning at Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston and the Alperin Schechter Day School of Rhode Island.
Since moving back to Minnesota Benjie has settled into a new home in Edina with his wife Libby and goldendoodle Gus.

Moran Birman

Moran Birman currently serves as Consul for Public Diplomacy at the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest. He was appointed to this Chicago-based post in September of 2016. Birman comes to Chicago from Philadelphia where he served as Deputy Consul General at the Consulate of Israel to the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Mr. Birman is native to Sha’ar Hagolan, a Kibbutz in northern Israel. He served in Israel’s Air Force for three years.
Moran is a foodie. He enjoys cooking and the cultural experience food brings to the table.

Dr. Ron Wolfson

Dr. Ron Wolfson is: a visionary leader of American Jewry; a beloved and inspirational speaker, he is a frequent scholar-in-residence, traveling the world telling his “true stories” to audiences in synagogues, churches and community organizations on a wide range of topics in Jewish life; a co-founder of Synagogue 3000, an institute whose mission is to catalyze excellence in synagogue life; a pioneer in the field of Jewish family education; and a long-time friend of Men's Clubs and Brotherhoods. 

Dr. Steven Windmueller

Dr. Steven Windmueller, former Dean of HUC-JIR in Los Angeles and Director of the School of Jewish Communal Service (now the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management) is a keen observer of the American Jewish political scene. He is a specialist on political issues and American Jewish affairs exploring the impact of the election, rise of the alt-Right and the far left; as well as now visible “Jewish divides” and the implications of these divisions for the American Jewish Community’s long-term future. Dr. Windmueller holds a doctorate in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and has served as a consultant to a wide array of institutions including the American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, and the Jewish Federations of North America.

Allison Rosenfeld

Allison Rosenfeld is the Associate Regional Director of the Greater Chicago/Upper Midwest Region of the Anti-Defamation League.  In this role, she responds to community discrimination complaints, engages young professionals, and facilitates ADL’s Words to Action programs which help people recognize and respond to anti-Semitism in their communities.  Prior to joining ADL, Allison connected teens to local Jewish programming as the Associate Area Director at Jewish Student Connection, and focused on community outreach to young families at the Jewish Federation.  Allison graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Human Development and is an active member of North Shore Congregation Israel, a reform synagogue in Glencoe, IL.


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