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Our People

Suburban Temple – Kol Ami is blessed with a dedicated professional staff and active board of trustees.


Our Rabbi:  

Rabbi Allison B. Vann has been the spiritual leader of Suburban Temple-Kol Ami since 2011. She was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1999, and served Temple Beth-El in San Antonio, Texas from 1999 to June of 2011. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Jewish Family Services Association, and the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland. Rabbi Vann is the President of the Greater Cleveland Board of Rabbis.

She is married to Charlie Vann, and is the mother of one son, Isaac, and two rescue dogs, Annie and Magneto.

Our Staff:

Brett Shankman joined Suburban Temple – Kol Ami as executive director in April 2014. He has worked in the organized Jewish community for most of his professional career, including the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and the Menorah Park Foundation.

Brett is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. He lives in Shaker Heights with wife, Marcy and children, Rebecca and Joshua.

Rabbi Shoshana Nyer, director of lifelong learning, joined the ST-KA community in July 2012, after serving Temple B’nai Shalom in Fairfax Station, VA for nine years as first Assistant, then Associate Rabbi and Educator. Before arriving in Northern Virginia, she studied at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, where in addition to achieving her ordination, she earned a masters of arts in Hebrew Literature.

Shana returns home to the Cleveland Jewish community where she grew-up and participated actively as a youth. She later earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Jewish Studies at the University of Maryland. Shana loves teaching students of all ages, and is most excited when her lessons combine her knowledge of and passion for Judaism and her interest in all things pop culture.

When she is not at work, Shana enjoys spending time with her husband, Stephen Langel, and their daughter, Emily. They all feel blessed to be a part of the ST – KA community.

Our Executive Committee:


Kimberly J. Rosner, President

Matt Lehman, Vice-President

Ronni Bialosky, Vice-President

Jonathan Litt, Secretary

Michelle Brown, Treasurer

Dorothea Polster, At-Large

Sara E. Stashower, Immediate Past President



Cantor Dave Malecki, Director of Music



John Farragher, Director of Maintenance

Charles Hickerson



Dale Hopkins, Administrative Assistant

Robin Smith, Administrative Assistant


Our Board: 


Jodi Ashby


Dennis Lehman

Jack Alan Bialosky, Jr.*


Ginny Lehman

Dr. Stanley Brown*



Dr. Richard L. Cohen*


Richard D. Margolius*

Beth N. Curtiss*

Howard Feldenkris


Flossy Mitchell

Barbara Feldman*


Dorothea Polster

Thomas E. Galvin*


Daniel Richards

Susan Gordon Merdler, Kol Nashim President


Lori Rosenberg

Sandy Shapiro

Nancy Huntsman


Bruce Sherman

Donald S. Jacobson*


Carter Strang

Daniel Keller


Jerry Shuck

Kenneth M. Lapine*

*past president





Fri, April 20 2018 5 Iyar 5778