Robert Judd, a.k.a. Rabbi Bob, received his rabbinic ordination and a Master’s Degree in Rabbinics from the Zeigler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles in 2001. Before coming to Kol Ami in July 2009, Rabbi Bob served congregations in New York and South Carolina.
Rabbi Bob holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature (minor: German) from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. He also holds a Master’s Degree in English from the State University of New York—Binghamton. From 1991-97, Rabbi Bob pursued a doctorate in English and American Literature at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma. He has completed his coursework, his comprehensive exams, and is hard at work on “his long paper.”
Rabbi Bob follows the Yankees and Steelers rabidly. He enjoys working out at the gym, reading, riding his bike, and cooking. When not at Kol Ami or pursuing one of his hobbies, he can be found walking his three dogs, J.D., K.C., and Beast around Carrollwood Village.
Our Hazzan Rishon
Jodi M. Sered-Leverreceived her cantorial investiture from the H.L. Miller Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary. She holds an M.A. in Jewish education from the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at JTS. She earned a B.A. in history from Columbia University and a B.A. in sacred music from the Albert List College at JTS. Prior to coming to Kol Ami, Hazzan Sered-Lever served congregations in North Brunswick, NJ and Kansas City, MO. A native of Wilmette, IL, she faithfully roots for all of her Chicago teams. Married to Rabbi Aaron M. Lever, they have a daughter, Shayna Renée Sered-Lever.
Cantor Beth Schlossberg received her investiture as a cantor in 2008 from The Jewish Theological Seminary, where she earned her Masters Degree in Sacred Music, and also has a Bachelor of Music degree in Musical Performance from the University of Michigan. She has been the cantor at Beth El Synagogue in Omaha, Nebraska, and has 14 years experience preparing B’nai Mitzvah students to lead services, chant Torah and Haftorah, as well as seven years of teaching private piano and voice lessons to students of all ages from pre-school to adult. She recently celebrating her one-year wedding anniversary in March to her husband, Michael Frudiker, and if you time a visit just right to the Kol Ami office, you might get to meet another member of her family, Juliet, her rescued dog.
Our Religious School and Youth Director
Josh Gamson rejoined Kol Ami in 2010 after acting as our Youth Director from 1992-1994. He is a fifteen-year veteran teacher with experience in the public and private school systems. He graduated University of South Florida with a B.A. in Social Science Education. His love of youth groups is matched only by his love for Jewish camping. Josh uses many informal educational techniques in the classroom, leading to a fun and exciting environment in which kids can learn. His wife, Danielle, daughter, Mara, and son, Jonah, brighten his day and can be seen running around the school too!
Our Executive Director
Diane F. Anderson joined our staff of professionals as Executive Director on October 1, 2007. Diane earned her Bachelor’s degree from Eckerd College and comes to us with a strong background in accounting, business management and human resources as well as valuable non-profit experience.