Our Board

There are many benefits to serving on our board and committees. There’s the stronger connection — spiritually, educationally, socially — with Kehillah. There’s the pleasure of getting to know more Kehillah members. And, of course, there’s the satisfaction of making a difference in our community.

If you are interested in serving on a committee, or if you have any questions about the board or committees, email info AT kehillahsynagogue DOT org.

Where we think together

For decisions that affect us all—our synagogue, our services, our education—Kehillah engages in a process called Values Based Decision Making (VBDM). We use VBDM for large, community-wide decisions and for decisions made in smaller groups. It’s a way to make decisions based on Jewish tradition and history, communal values and preconceptions, and relevant data.

For example, we needed a kashrut/food policy for Kehillah events. We looked beyond our experiences and preconceptions. We studied a variety of Jewish texts. We considered our Jewish and modern values, such as our desire to share food in community and care for the environment. After collating all this information, we arrived at our current policy. It’s working better than expected and, most importantly, everyone’s input was respected.

For more information about our community developed guidelines see:

Kehillah 2019-2020 Officers

Co-President and Cemetary Committee Chair



Executive VP

Kathy joined the Kehillah about 2010. This is her first term serving on the Board. She is retired from IBM, where she enjoyed the challenge of working on telecommunications protocols, planning, and testing for more than 30 years. For a number of years at the Kehillah she has aided Oneg and Kiddush hosts, as they provide a delicious way to extend the feeling of community after the service. From her late husband, Arnold Burk, Kathy learned that we should make good use of our time here, and that enjoyment is one of those good uses. Kathy lives in Chapel Hill.

VP Administration

VP Education

Jon has been a member of Kehillah since 2006 and has served on the Board since 2016.  Having moved from Massachusetts to the Triangle in 1999, he currently lives in Chapel Hill with his wife and two daughters.  He works in cloud automation for a company in Durham.  In his spare time, he enjoys crosswords, reading, and all sorts of science (and sci-fi) geekery.

VP Preschool and Preschool Strategy Committee Chair

Stanley is a past-president of the College of American Pathologists and professor of Pathology and Obstetrics & Gynecology at Duke University. He has been heavily involved in the cultural and religious fabric of Chapel Hill & Durham.  He currently heads the Foundation of the Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation and with his wife, Marion, heads the REEL Israel Documentary Film Festival.

VP Development and Fundraising Committee Chair






Lee is a retired computer scientist (UNC Ph.D., 1982), software industry executive, and advisor to startups. He was co-President of Kehillah Synagogue 2004-6 and served on the Board 2006-8. He has long been active in Kehillah Social Action and was co-chair 2014-16. He helped lead Solarize Kehillah. He is active in progressive politics, was Treasurer of the Progressive Democrats of Orange County, and is President of the Progressive Caucus of the NC Democratic Party. He is also treasurer of the Orange-Durham chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. He and his wife, Ava Nackman, have 3 grown children and one grandchild.

Kehillah2019-2020 Committee Chairs

Adult Education: Michele

Lovingkindness Circle: Cary and Kelly

Cemetary: Jonathan 

Chevra Kadisha: Lew and Amy 

Fundraising: Stan

Membership: Open

Preschool Strategy: Jon 

Religious School: Jen 

Ritual: Henry and Diane 

Social Action: Kathy