Sign In Forgot Password


Rachel Brown
Director of Education and Youth and Family Programming 
(513) 793-1800 ext 104


Rachel leads our Youth Department, which includes the Jarson Education Center Religious School and all of our Youth & Family programming.  You can find her in the school building, leading programs in the youth lounge, or participating in many of our other programs throughout the synagogue or off-site. She received her Bachelor's degree in Classical Vocal Performance with minors in German and Judaic Studies and her Master's degree in Musical Theatre Performance. Rachel lives in Cincinnati with her husband.


Kim Ambrosius
Administrative Assistant
(513) 793-1800 ext 164

Kim was born and raised in Cincinnati and went to school for Computer Business Management. Kim may be the first person you see when coming into the school building. She helps in many areas of school administration.  In her spare time, she loves to volunteer and help any animal shelter or organization to find homes and dwindle the homeless.


Samantha Rose
Youth Coordinator and Programming Assistant
7th & 8th Grade program

Samantha has recently earned her Bachelors at University of Cincinnati where she studied Criminal Justice and Hebrew. Throughout her time there, she was active with Challah for Hunger, Bearcats for Israel, and spent her free time teaching at CHDS and Valley Temple. She can't wait to meet the congregation soon!


Mitch Cohen
Music, Trope, and Tefillah 
(513) 793-1800 ext 107

Mitch Cohen grew up at Adath Israel. He is our High Holiday Cantor and choir director. He is Adath Israel's Bar and Bat Mitzvah teacher. This is his 10th year teaching the Bar and Bat Mitzvah students.   He is married to Sherry and has three children, Jeff & Emily, and Ben all Jarson Education Center graduates.


Baily Doctrow
7th and 8th Grades

Baily grew up in Louisville, KY and moved to Cincinnati for college at UC. Baily was involved in Hillel and Challah for Hunger at UC. She studied Secondary Education and stayed in Cincinnati after graduation to teach Language Arts to middle schoolers in Fairfield City School District.  Baily loves spending time with family and friends, reading, and has recently ventured into crafts (sun catchers, knitting, etc.). 


Lauren Figa
2nd Grade

Lauren is originally from Louisville, KY. She moved to Cincinnati in 2017 to attend UC where she studied Marketing and Pre-Medicine. Throughout her time there, she was actively involved at Hillel and taught violin lessons in her free time. Currently, she is working in business analytics. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and likes to travel. 


Emily Glazer
3rd & 4th grades

Emily has had an active role in Cincinnati's Jewish community since growing up in Cincinnati and belonging to Adath Israel. Emily shows enthusiasm for being Jewish and is excited to share her excitement with the third and fourth grade class, while also combining her interests and Judaism in the electives. Emily has her masters degree in clinical mental health counseling and when she isn't busy teaching Hebrew School, she works as a behavioral health therapist for Best Point


Maggie Libbert
Student Aide

Maggie was Cincinnati born and raised. She graduated from Mount St. Joesph University in 2019 with her Bachelor’s in Sociology and Criminology and is currently a specialist at day treatment program for middle schoolers and high schoolers. When Maggie isn’t working with youth in some capacity, she can be found enjoying time with her 2 cats, her family, and reading a good book.



Sarah Manning
5th grade

Sarah grew up in West Chester. She is currently raising her 4 children (Maya, Asher, Ryder, and Brewer) in Liberty Township with her husband.  She taught for several years at the Conservative Hebrew High School Mercaz.  She was a member of Beth Israel Congregation in Hamilton, Ohio prior to coming to Adath. She is also a Realtor, and in her spare time, she likes to crochet, cross stitch and read.


Sarah Lohse
2nd grade & 7th/8th Grade

Born and raised in the metro Detroit area, I attended Jewish Day Schools from 1-12th grades. I moved to Cincinnati in 2007 where I proceeded to get a bachelors degree in Judaic Studies, a Masters in Judaic Studies and a Masters in education. I now live with my husband, our two year old, our dog and a baby on the way down in Kentucky where I teach a public school.


Debbie Lempert
Gan (Kindergarten) and 1st grade
Debbie Lempert grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio.  She earned her B.A. in Elementary Education and Masters in Literacy from the University of Cincinnati. Debbie taught first and second grade over 8 years at the Wyoming City Schools in Wyoming, Ohio. She left Wyoming to teach two very special students, Zachary and Hannah Lempert. Currently Debbie teaches Kindergarten at Adath Israel Religious School. Among her many interests, Debbie spends a lot of time volunteering at Adath Israel and is currently serving as the synagogue president.  She also is learning to play the guitar.  In her free time, she loves spending time with her family and enjoys cooking, making scrapbooks and playing games.


Sherry Cohen
Pre-Gan 4
Sherry Cohen grew up in Amberley Village Ohio. She earned her Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education at U.C. She taught preschool, daycare, and finally Kindergarten where she received the Martha Holden Jennings teaching award for excellence. Sherry left teaching to raise her own 3 kids, but also runs an internet company with her husband Mitch Cohen. Now that Sherry’s kids are grown, she returned to teaching at Adath Israel. Sherry received the Walter Hattenbach teacher of the year award her first year back in the classroom. Her interests are walking, watching HGTV, playing Candy Crush, visiting Disney World and her Corgi.


Toby Samet
Support and Enrichment

Toby Samet, a Cincinnatian by birth, graduated from Hughes High School and the University of Cincinnati College of Education (with high honors). She has taught at Adath Israel since 1966, while also teaching kindergarten at Yavneh Day School (Rockwern), preschool at the Jewish Community Center, and was Director-Teacher at Adath Israel Preschool. Her family includes son Mike, grandson Danny and daughter Michelle & husband Sam, ( both of blessed memory).  Hobbies are gardening, animal conservation (volunteered at the Zoo for 25 years), classical music, and mah jongg. The Resource Room is where you can find her, supporting the needs of Religious School children.



Gail Jacobs
Assistant Teacher

Gail Jacobs has been a life long member of Adath Israel Congregation. She became a bat mitzvah here and attended Adath Israel Religious School. She was also a teaching assistant when she was in high school. She was active in Kadima and USY and attended Camp Livingston and Camp Ramah. She also traveled to Israel. She studied Elementary Education/Early Childhood Development at the University of Cincinnati. Gail is returning for her 13th year teaching at Adath Israel. She is the mother of five, all Adath Israel and Mercaz graduates. She lives in Wyoming with her pit bull Moses and her chihuahua Skitch. Gail will be lending her expertise in the classrooms this year.



Barbara Bresler

Barbara Morrison-Bresler grew up in Dallas, Texas and holds a Fine Arts Degree from the University of Texas and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia. She was a  librarian at the University of Nebraska, the Archivist/Director for the Nebraska Jewish Historical  Society, and a consultant archivist with the Jewish Women’s Archive in Boston. Since moving to Cincinnati, Barbara has served as the Librarian at  Adath Israel.  Barbara is married to Scott Bresler and is mom of Lenny, Elka and Micah.


Tue, May 28 2024 20 Iyyar 5784