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Amy Winkelman - Ahavas Israel  2013-2015  grew up in Marcellus, Michigan.  She graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Advertising.  While at MSU, Amy met her husband Grant.  Grand Rapids became her home after college.  She worked for 10 years in advertising.  Ready for a new challenge, Amy earned her law degree at Thomas M. Cooley law school.  She now works as a law and regulation compliance manager at Global Futures and Forex, Ltd.  Amy and her husband have two extraordinary daughters, Taylor and Isadora.  Amy enjoys running, reading and watching college football and basketball. 


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.

Rabbi Michael Schadick (ex-officio) has been rabbi of Temple Emanuel since July 2000.  He was born in southern New Hampshire and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Connecticut College.  He received his rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in May 1994.  He has served congregations in Orlando, Florida and Plantation, Florida.  Rabbi Schadick lives in Cascade Township with his wife Susan and his daughter Shira.

Rabbi David Krishef (ex-officio) grew up in Minneapolis and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Hebrew and Jewish Studies.  Following two years as a program director at the University of Minnesota Hillel Foundation, he entered the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.   He received ordination in 1994.  Since then, Rabbi Krishef has served as Rabbi of Congregation Ahavas Israel, and in 2003 became the longest serving Rabbi in the history of the congregation.  He also serves as one of the volunteer rabbis on’s AskaRabbi service, has edited a section on Judaism for a World Religions textbook; and serves on the Spectrum Bioethics committee.  He is married to (Cantor) Marisa.  They have four children, Zachary, Solomon, Harrison and Sarah.

Pam Rush (School Director/ex-officio) grew up in Memphis, TN and graduated from Christian Brothers University with a B.S. in Business Administration.  A member of the Grand Rapids community and Temple Emanuel since 1989, she has taught music at the Temple religious school since 1995, private piano instruction for over 25 years and is currently lay cantor for Temple Emanuel. She is married to Jeff and they have two daughters, Samantha and Alex.  In her spare time she enjoys tennis, golf and playing in her band “TOO”.  She has a deep understanding of the mission and philosophy of the school and has been a binding force for its continued success.