Clergy

Rabbi Heidi R. Hoover

Rabbi Heidi Hoover began her work with B'ShERT's predecessor congregation TBE as Rabbinic Intern in 2006, initiating programs such as Shalom Shabbat (our Friday morning Shabbat observance for young children and parents/caregivers), our Saturday morning adult Torah study, the Interfaith Adult Workshops, and more. She served as Acting Rabbi during the final year of her academic studies, and after receiving smicha in May of 2011, she began her full-time service as rabbi of our temple in July of that year. 

Rabbi Hoover has been profiled in the New York TimesJewish Woman Magazine and other print & online publications. She frequently speaks on the topics of Jewish identity, interfaith issues and the relationship of the Jewish people to modern Germany. Her essay on ethnic diversity in today's Jewish community appears in Studies in Judaism and Pluralism, published in December 2016 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Academy for Jewish Religion. Her writing has also been published in the Huffington Post, My Jewish Learning, and the Washington Post.

Rabbi Hoover leads worship services, Torah Study, and our B'Yachad adult study sessions. As the supervisor of our Religious School, she works directly with our B'nai Mitzvah candidates and our confirmation students. 

She is a proud alumna of the Academy for Jewish Religion and Gratz College; she received smicha and her Master's degree in Jewish Studies in May of 2011. She holds a BA from Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, PA. 

For the 2010/2011 academic year, Rabbi Hoover was a Rabbis Without Borders student fellow at CLAL, the Jewish center for learning and leadership. In 2013-2015, she was part of the first participant group of RWB's two-year Clergy Leadership Incubator program for early-career congregational rabbis. She also has taught and led programs for Hadassah of Park Slope, the Institute for Living Judaism in Brooklyn, the Interfaith Center of New York, and Kutz Camp. Rabbi Hoover is active in the Interfaith Coalition of Brooklyn and sits on the board of the Center for Ethnic, Racial & Religious Understanding at Queens College.

Rabbi Hoover lives in Kensington with her husband Michael Rose and their daughters Hannalina & Shoshana Hoover.

Associate Rabbi Cassi Kail

Rabbi Cassi Kail, a native New Yorker, was ordained in 2011 from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where she also received a Masters in Jewish Literature. For the past seven years, she worked as a congregational rabbi for Temple Emanu-El of Utica, NY and then Temple Or Elohim in Jericho, NY. Rabbi Kail is a proud member of the Interfaith Clergy Council of Syosset and Woodbury and Bend The Arc. Previously, she served on the steering committees of InterFaith Matters, Reform Jewish Voice and the Empire State Anti-Poverty Initiative of the Mohawk Valley. While in Seminary, she co-founded a young egalitarian minyan called The Wandering Jews of Astoria, serving unaffiliated Jews in their 20s and 30s.

Rabbi Kail is passionate about worship, Israel, interfaith work, tikkun olam (repairing the world) and building Jewish community. She loves teaching people of all ages, singing, and playing guitar. She regularly leads the Saturday morning Tot Shabbat in the sanctuary.

Rabbi Kail and her husband, Josh are proud parents to their two children, Noam and Talia.

Cantorial Soloist Nonie Schuster Donato

In 2007, we were blessed when our onetime cantorial soloist Nonie Schuster Donato returned to lead our congregation in song. Nonie is an accomplished Baroque soloist who also conducts various children's choruses, including P.S. 193, The Gil Hodges School.

Jacqueline Smith Memorial Rabbinic Intern — Kylynn Perdue-Bronson

The Jacqueline Smith Memorial Rabbinic Internship is faithfully supported by Scott Smith in honor of his mother Jacqueline Smith, a longtime member of TBE.

The 2018-19 JSMRI is Student Rabbi Kylynn Perdue-Bronson. Kylynn hails from Michigan; she graduated from Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor's in Spanish. At NMU she was active in Hillel where she served as secretary and President. While in Marquette, she attended Temple Beth Sholom where she volunteered at the Sunday school and after university, served on the board as a member at large, focusing on student relations with the congregation. Before attending HUC, she lived in Chicago for four years working as a barista and studying Talmud and Hebrew with Svara. Since beginning her rabbinical studies she has served as a rabbinic intern at Kodesh V'Hol in Holon, Israel and United Hebrew Congregation in Terre Haute, IN. Last year she taught Kita Aleph at Temple Sholom in Blue Ash, Oh. She is excited to be at B'ShERT in Brooklyn this year as she begins her schooling in New York.

Emeritus Clergy

Rabbi Emeritus William Kloner z''l led Temple for over thirty years, from 1974 to 2010. His background as a decorated chaplain in the US Navy, ministering worldwide, and his distinguished academic credentials were a blessed resource to this congregation as well as the wider Jewish community and the city. His path from Brown to Columbia, through the Mediterranean (not to mention Governor's Island and the USS Intrepid) and eventually to Brooklyn gave him valuable experience and depth of knowledge. 

Rabbi Kloner's warm presence and his ability to relate with compassion and caring to each congregant helped sustain Temple to the present day.

Sadly, Rabbi Kloner's accident in the summer of 2010 led to his retirement from the pulpit. He died on October 12, 2017, mourned by his wife Liz, sons Ken and Dean, and the entire Temple community past and present. 

Cantor Emeritus Eugene Green
z'l led us in song and prayer for over a decade. As an opera star, graphic artist and set designer, his talent enriched our liturgy. He was an honored member of the clerical team and a cherished presence at Temple. Cantor Green's death in May of 2011 represents a deep loss to the congregation; we mourn him along with his wife and family.
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