School Board

Co-Chair Allyson Cole-Strauss - Ahavas Israel  2016-2018 recently moved to Grand Rapids with her husband Ken, and two children Benjamin and Rachel. Allyson is a scientist at the Van Andel Institute in the department of Translational Science at Michigan State. Prior to their move to Michigan, she and her family were active members of Adath Israel Congregation in Cincinnati. Allyson enjoys cooking, reading, travelling and gardening.

Barb Duchemin (Curriculum Director/ex-officio) has been a teacher at Temple Emanuel and has been on the religious school committee since 1995.  She has a B.S. in Biochemistry from Wayne State and a B.S. in Health Science from University of Detroit.  She also has a Master in the Art of Teaching from Aquinas College.  She is married to Steve and they have three children – Adam, Brian and Lauren.  Currently, Barb works as a Physician Assistant at Grand Valley Health Plan

Rick Rinzler - Temple Emanuel  2016-2018 

As a member of Temple Emanuel since 1984, I'm deeply concerned about retaining the traditions of Judaism in our youth and families.  At the present time, I currently reside on the Operations Board as one of three Vice-Presidents, serve on the Board of Trustees, serve on the Board of Education, and as the head of the Temple Security Committee.  In fact, security within our facility is of paramount importance to me, especially since I still have one child (of four) attending Sunday School.  Professionally, I wear several hats:  orthopedic surgeon for animals (MSU 1972-1983 and 1993-94....GO GREEN!!!), sworn-in reserve deputy for Lake Co., Class III firearms dealer.  In the past, I've taught eight grade for seven years, and assisted with Hebrew classes for the last two years, here at the Temple.   Hobbies include everything to do with winter sports, personal fitness, shooting, and of course (for those who know me) piano.  But above all, I LIVE for my four kids.  Still have questions?  Don't be shy....I'm always open for conversation.


Elisabeth Rosewall - Ahavas Israel  2016-2018

Elisabeth is a native Californian with a BS in Design from the University of California at Davis, and has lived in Grand Rapids since 1985. She has taught both 4-7th grades and Hebrew since 1990 both at Temple and Ahavas as well as in South Haven. She currently focuses on Hebrew and tutors b'nei mitzvah students at Temple Emanuel. Elisabeth has a passion for learning and Jewish education, and loves teaching Hebrew classes for adults. She especially enjoys those who learn differently and tries to find the spark in each. She feels blessed by her two children, Emily and Eric, (and the presence of cats in their lives).

Co-ChairAlison Bernstein - Temple Emanuel  2017-2019   

Alison Bernstein recently moved to Grand Rapids from Atlanta, GA with her husband Patrick Bardill and their 2 kids, Abigail and Noah. Alison is an Assistant Professor at the MSU College of Human Medicine in Grand Rapids, where she studies Parkinson's disease. Prior to living in Atlanta, Alison lived in St. Louis, Philadelphia and grew up in the suburbs of New York. Outside of work, Alison enjoys cooking and playing tennis.

Heidi Levy - Temple Emanuel  2017/2019 

Moved to Grand Rapids in June 2016 with her husband Lenny and two children Hannah and Ansley. Heidi is an Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President of Risk, Compliance and Privacy at Spectrum Health.  Prior to their move to Michigan, she and her family lived in Boca Raton, Fl as well as Singapore. Heidi enjoys baking, traveling and spending time with her family.


Liz Samrick - Ahavas Israel  2017-2019

    Paula Miller - Ahavas Israel  2017-2019

Paula Miller has been an active member of Jewish Community for 33 years. Moved here from
Chicago when she married her husband Ed Miller the love of her life. Paula and Ed have 3 grown
children all married, and 5 grandchildren.
Paula is currently a security officer for DK security at the Dept of Human Resources. Paula was involved
in the Youth program at Ahavas Israel for many years. Currently she is a vice president of Ahavas Israel
chairing the scholarship committee. Paula in her spare time loves playing with her grandchildren,
knitting and reading.

Hasia Monselise (School Director/ex-officio)

was born and raised in Israel. She studied art education at Beit Berl College and graduated from SUNY Empire College with a BA in Education and Art.

She taught at many schools in the New York area, including Solomon Schechter , Beit Rabban School  Stein Yeshiva,Chabad Palisades and Jcc Harrison .

Hasia has always loved working with children and believes that educating our future generation is the most rewarding work. She helps them prepare to become Jewish adults.

"Our children have the fullest potential to speak Hebrew.  I am happy to see children gaining more knowledge every day. That’s what makes me happy and motivated to continue to teach." 

 Rhonda Pappas - Temple Emanuel  2016-2018 moved to Grand Rapids in 1996, immediately got involved with Temple Emanuel and began teaching religious school.  Rhonda works at One Stop as an Inside Sales Representative and does taxes at H & R Block during tax season.  In her spare time she enjoys the company of her dog Yoshi and cats, Jake, Simon, Raphael, and Stella..School Board continued