Director of Education and Lifelong Learning
Julie Zorn came to Chadash Community Hebrew Academy in 2017 after spending 13 years in Tucson, AZ as a Jewish music specialist throughout the community and the Jewish Living and Learning Specialist at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. Julie credits her passion for Jewish education with summers spent at Jewish resident camp as a child, and in June 2017, Julie fulfilled her dream of completing a master’s degree in Jewish education from Hebrew College with a certificate in experiential education. Julie has won several awards in Jewish education including the Gerald and Marion Gendell Excellence in Jewish Education Award in both 2011 and in 2012, Tucson’s Coalition of Jewish Education ‘s Innovation in Jewish Education award in 2016, and Hebrew College’s Friedman Scholarship Award in Academic Achievement in 2017. In July 2019, Julie’s role in the Canton Jewish community was expanded to become the Director of Non-Rabbinic Duties and the Programming and Outreach Director for Temple Israel in addition to being the Chadash director. Julie has two children, Haley and Dylan, and is thrilled to have returned to Northeastern Ohio where she grew up to raise them.
Torah Tots Teacher and Mitkadem Hebrew Teacher
Shalom! My name is Ellen Shankle. My educational background is in Early Childhood Education. I have been a Jewish educator in the Canton Jewish community for over 25 years, and the Beit Ha’am building is where I received my own Jewish education. As most of you know, my true passion in life is my love for dogs.
I am very excited to be teaching the Torah Tots class this year. I look forward to learning through play with each of your children!
1st – 2nd Grade Teacher and Art Specialist
My name is Linda Poole. I was born and raised in Canton, OH. I have a great family, and we are very close. I have 2 children, 3 grandchildren and 5 brothers and sisters! My family is spread out on several continents from the U.S, Canada, Israel and Madagascar. My husband David lives with M.S. (Multiple Sclerosis). My hobbies are running, gardening, art – I never sit still! I am a running coach for “Girls On the Run” of Northeast Ohio where I also sit on their Board of Directors.
Assistant 1st – 2nd Grade Teacher
Hi. My name is Hannah Roberts. I am looking forward to a new year at Chadash with Linda Poole. We always have fun in our classroom. I am also part time staff at Stark District Public Library as a shelver at North branch, and I also work for Gentlebrook making crafts for their store. I am a Walsh graduate. I love horses, and I am on a team at Pegasus Farm. We do vaulting, which is gymnastics on horses. The reason that I work for Chadash is that I love kids!
3rd – 5th Grade Teacher
Daniel Silverman joined the Chadash faculty as a Hebrew tutor in 2017. He is so excited to be teaching the Biblical Israel and the Diaspora this year. Daniel is the owner and founder of the Jackson Massillon School of Music, where he also teaches private lessons. When not working, Daniel enjoys traveling, cycling, and spending time with his (brand new!) wife, Kierstin, and DOGhter Biscuit.
6th – 8th Grade Teacher
Shalom!! My name is Kristin Wilkof and I will be teaching the 8th and 9th graders. This year we will be learning about social action and comparative Judaism. I have taught for 7 years in a public school (Plain Local) and 4 years for Chadash. This year, I have started working for the Lippamn School in Akron. I live in North Canton with my husband, 3 kids, and 2 dogs. I love reading, milkshakes, and cooking. I strongly dislike glitter and high-fives. I had a wonderful summer traveling with my family and I am ready to get back in the classroom. I am looking forward to this year and sharing my Sundays with your children.
Beginning Mitkadem Hebrew Teacher
I was born in Canton, OH. I began my religious school education in this very building. When I attended Hebrew school it was located first at Temple Israel on 25th St. and then at the Canton Jewish Community Center on Harvard Avenue. I have been involved in educating children in our community for over 35 years. Wow that sounds like a lot of years. I have taught this long because it is something I enjoy doing for this community and myself. I’m looking forward to teaching the Aleph Hebrew class.
I have been married for 43 years and we have four grown children. Last year I became a Bubbie to Asher and Kaia. In July, Asher became a big brother to Henry, and Kaia will be a big sister in November.
I have a BFA and MFA from Kent State University.
I enjoy family, friends and gardening(playing in the dirt).
Hebrew Through Movement Teacher
My name is Lori Magill, and I live in Canton with my husband Michael Magill. I have been a resident of the community for 32 years, and I have taught religious school on and off for over 20 years. I enjoy spending time with my family. I look forward to teaching new ideas to the students.
Rabbi David Komerofsky
Rabbi for Temple Israel
Rabbi David Komerofsky came to Temple Israel in July 2020. He was ordained by the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Cincinnati in 1999, earned the Master of Arts degree at HUC-JIR in Los Angeles in 1997, and graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1993.
David began his career at his alma mater seminary in Cincinnati immediately after ordination, eventually becoming dean of students and director of the rabbinical school. In 2006, he was recruited to Austin to become executive director of the Texas Hillel Foundation at the University of Texas. In 2013, he relocated to San Antonio and began working remotely for Hillel International and locally for Temple Chai, which he served until coming to Canton.
David’s professional interests off the pulpit include interfaith work and adult education. He also enjoys history, architecture, comedy, random trivia, and travel. Much to the delight of his wife, he does not play golf or watch football, so she has his undivided attention to bother her most Sundays.
Born and raised in Akron, David is married to Cleveland native Ronit Sherwin. Their blended family includes two sets of twins, ages 20 and 10. Lainey Komerofsky is a student at the College of Charleston, and Gabe Komerofsky is a student at The University of Texas at Austin. Natan Sherwin and Batya Sherwin are entering the fifth grade.
Hazzan Bruce Braun
Hazzan for Sharaay Torah Conregation
Ḥazzan Bruce Braun has served Shaaray Torah Synagogue since 1976 and has been the Spiritual Leader of the congregation since 2000. In addition to his duties at Shaaray Torah, Ḥazzan Braun serves as Membership Chair of the Cantors Assembly. Ḥazzan Braun is a graduate of The University of Akron, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. He studied Ḥazzanut with Ḥazzan Moshe Taubè and has been a member of the Cantors Assembly since 1985. He and his wife, Dianne, an attorney, are the proud parents of Allison, who is an RN, and Daniel, who is a student at Kent State University.
Shalom! My name is Sandy Adland and this year will be my 7th year serving as the Chadash Music Specialist. I’m a former music educator, preschool teacher and preschool director, and currently serve as one of the Cantorial Soloists for Temple Israel. My daily life is divided between my profession as a caregiver for the elderly and the very young, and my volunteer efforts on behalf of the Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) and WRJ Central District. In my “spare time” I love to cook, travel, play tennis, dance, and listen to music of all kinds! I’m very much looking forward to this year in Chadash!