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Robert B. Barr, Founding Rabbi 

 Robert B. Barr is the Founding Rabbi of Congregation Beth Adam and OurJewishCommunity.org (an online congregation). Known for his irreverent and often witty presentation style, Barr is a popular speaker on a wide range of topics including contemporary Jewish thought, religious fundamentalism, and ethics. Recognized by his peers as a leader in the evolution of modern, liberal Judaism, his writings have been published in journals, books, and websites around the world. Barr is active in the leadership of many Jewish organizations and has twice served as president of the Greater Cincinnati Board of Rabbis. He was ordained and awarded a Doctor of Divinity from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Rabbi Barr's midrashim (Jewish Legends) can be purchased at the Apple iTunes Bookstore.  Five of his most popular legends can be found there - The Stuff of Legends; Adam, Lilith and Eve - Their Stories; The Pudgy Moses; Lot's Daughters Betrayed; and The Bush Had Not Been Consumed.

In 2017,  Rabbi Barr made history as only the third rabbi in our nation to ever run for the United States Congress.  Because of this, his campaign received national and international attention.

David Burstein, Rabbi/Educator 

Rabbi David Burstein has worked for the past 25 years as an experiential educator and was ordained as a rabbi from HUC-JIR Cincinnati in 2001. He has served congregations in Richmond, Indiana and Dayton, Ohio and served on the staff of Earlham College. He was the director of Kulanu -The Cincinnati Reform Jewish High School from 2003-2018 and is a national expert in teen education. He is known for his work in the field of spirituality and meditation and is an educational consultant for innovative and creative programs.

He has taught mindfulness meditation for over 20 years and led over 50 retreats for all ages.  Rabbi David is a recent graduate of the M2 Experiential Educator Cohort and was a co-creator of the Cincinnati Teen Collective Grant. He has been trained at Harvard College in their program on mediation and negotiation. He has also traveled with peace negotiation missions to Israel, Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Northern Ireland.

Rabbi David has played the hand-drum and studied meditation for more than 25 years, holds two black belts in martial arts and is working on his third in Krav Maga serving as an instructor. He has also coached youth, high school, prep school, and college club lacrosse.

His greatest joy comes from being a dad to Emma, Coby and Nadia, and husband to Elizabeth.

Karen Krieger, Executive Director

Karen Krieger joined Beth Adam’s staff in 2017 after owning a small business for 20 years.  As the Executive Director, she is responsible for the accounting, human resources, facilities management, and administration of Beth Adam. She also works closely with leadership to bring the mission and vision into action. Karen earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Cincinnati.

Caitlin Brazner, Jewish Foundation Fellow

Caitlin Brazner is a 2nd year Rabbinical and Education student at Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. Before beginning her studies at HUC-JIR, Caitlin worked for five years in Reform congregations in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD, as well as at URJ Camp Harlam, in Kunkletown, PA. It was through her work in Jewish communities and Jewish camping that Caitlin became inspired to join the Rabbinate. Originally from Milwaukee, WI, and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Madison, Caitlin is looking forward to moving back to the Midwest and joining the Beth Adam community!

Fri, November 16 2018 8 Kislev 5779