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Rabbi David Wolkenfeld

Rabbi David Wolkenfeld grew up in Manhattan where he attended Stuyvesant High School. He has a B.A. in History from Harvard University and has completed graduate coursework in Medieval Jewish History at Yeshiva University. Rabbi Wolkenfeld studied at Yeshivat Hamivtar in Efrat and also at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Alon Shvut. He has semikhah (rabbinic ordination) from Rabbi Zalman Nehemiah Goldberg, and Rabbi She’ar Yashuv Kohen in Israel, and from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in New York.

Rabbi Wolkenfeld is a Wexner Graduate Fellow and a served one term as a member of the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America. He currently serves as a vice-president of the International Rabbinic Fellowship and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Chicago Board of Rabbis. He serves, ex-officio, as a member of the Rabbinic Advisory Group of Chicago Jewish Day School, and the Board of Directors of Akiba Schechter Day School.

Rabbi Wolkenfeld came to ASBI after spending five years at Princeton University, where, together with his wife Sara, he directed the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus. Rabbi and Sara have five children, Noam, Akiva, Hillel, Sophie, and Yonatan. The entire Wolkenfeld family is excited to be part of the ASBI community, with its proud history, uniquely warm environment, and tremendous potential for the future.


Rabbanit Leah Sarna

Director of Religious Engagement

Originally from Newton, Massachusetts, Rabbanit Leah Sarna attended the Maimonides School and then went to study Torah in Israel at the Beit
Midrash for Women at Migdal Oz. Rabbanit Sarna earned her B.A. in Philosophy & Psychology in 2014 at Yale University, where she also led the Orthodox community and Dwight Hall: the Center for Social Justice and Community Service. During her college years, she had the privilege of continuing her Torah learning at the Drisha Collegiate Kollel and the
Center for Modern Torah Leadership Summer Beit Midrash.
After college, Rabbanit Sarna attended Yeshivat Maharat in New York City, completing a four year course of study in Jewish Law and Pastoral Care in June 2018. Rabbanit Sarna was also a Wexner Graduate Fellow, a Hartman Rabbinical Student Fellow and a JOIN for Justice Rabbinic and Cantorial Leadership for Public Life Fellow.

Rabbanit Sarna has worked with youth at Camp Yavneh and the Dr. Beth
Samuels Drisha High School Program, and she has been the clergy intern at Harvard Hillel, Ohev Sholom: The National Synagogue, and the Hebrew
Institute of White Plains. She has also completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral
Education at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and served as a visiting chaplain at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women. In her free time, she loves to bake bread and play pick-up sports.

Rabbanit Sarna is married to Ethan Schwartz, a native Chicagoan. They both couldn't be more excited about returning to Ethan's hometown to serve the ASBI community.



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  • President - Linda Saiger
  • Immediate Past President - Jeremy Treister
  • VP - Ways and Means - Erica Phillips
  • VP - Ritual - Charles Abrams
  • VP - House - Daniel Chiat
  • VP - Financial - Joseph Goodman
  • VP - Education - Binyamin Cohen
  • VP - Membership - Margalit Segal
  • Recording Secretary - Aaron Feigelson


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  • Julia Aaronson
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  • Linda Cohen
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  • David Eisenstein
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  • Jennifer Loeb
  • Ava Madoff
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  • Michael Newberger
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  • Marilyn Rest
  • Rabbi Paul Saiger
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  • Ross Weisman
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  • Gabbai - Dr. Josh Ehrlich
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