Our Staff

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Dayna Gershon 
Director of Formal and Informal Jewish Education

Dayna originally joined our staff as the Director of Machane Jehudah. She has a wealth of experience, especially in informal Jewish youth education. Her work with Machane Jehudah has been remarkable, bringing the program from the idea-stage to fruition. Her creativity, sensitivity, and understanding of Jewish informal learning has made her a valuable part of our congregational community. Dayna is married to Danny Gershon and has two children Max and Drew.

Emily Williams


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913-378-1267

Emily Williams 
Multi Access Coordinator

Emily Williams is a long-time member of Congregation B’nai Jehudah. Growing up in Kansas City, she was active in NFTY, and is honored to serve the congregation as Multi Access Coordinator. In her role, Emily provides significant technical support to ensure members can access B’nai Jehudah events and services virtually. She also oversees B’nai Jehudah’s Camp Machane Jehudah, and NFTY program, PBnJ. Emily graduated from the University of Kansas with a Master’s degree in Curriculum Design and Instructional Strategies, with an emphasis on secondary education. She has been a camp director, religious school teacher, and religious school director in the Kansas City area and elsewhere. 

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Michelle Cox 
Music Director

Michelle Cox began with the congregation as a volunteer musician, and was named as the Lead Vocalist/Cantorial Soloist for Shabbat Mornings in 2015.  She also began teaching 5th and 6th grade Hebrew in 2014, and has helped contribute to High Holidays for the last two years as the primary vocalist.  Michelle’s responsibilities not only include music, but she is also the B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator.  Michelle is responsible for the date selection process, meets with families, tutors students, teaches trope to the Hebrew school classes, and conducts pulpit rehearsals with each student becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah.

Michelle earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in Music in Vocal Performance at MidAmerica Nazarene University where she graduated with honors in 2017.  She has learned to sing classical art song, opera, and has expanded her skills in piano and guitar.

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Abby Magariel 
Michael Klein Collection Educator/Curator

Abby Magariel is a Kansas City area native and has worked in informal, hands-on education since 2007. She graduated from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA before completing an MA in Museum Studies at the University of Kansas. Abby spent over ten years immersed in all things Kansas, first at the Kansas Museum of History in Topeka, then leading the education team at the Watkins Museum of History in Lawrence. She joined The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah in July 2019 as the first Educator/Curator of the Michael Klein Collection, where she weaves objects from the collection of Judaica into life and learning at the synagogue. Abby lives in Prairie Village with her husband David and two sons, Ari and Ezra. 

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Jane Blumenthal Martin 
Communications Director

Jane Blumenthal Martin is an experienced marketing director who has worked in Kansas City’s Jewish non-profit community for more than 10 years. Her strengths are strategic communications, digital marketing, writing, and planning. She enjoys keeping constituents informed of the many wonderful things happening in our Jewish community, and she is proud to serve our congregation in this new, part-time marketing communications role. An active member of Kansas City’s Jewish community, Jane is a lifelong member of The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. She and her husband Joseph have two children, Leah and Daniel.  

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Michelle Adler-Wexler
B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator

As a third-generation congregant who grew up at B’nai Jehudah, Michelle Adler-Wexler is excited to be our B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator. Michelle’s grandfather was the Executive Director of B’nai Jehudah for many years and wrote a history book about the Temple. Her step-mother, Jeannie Adler, also served as Executive Director until her retirement in 2019. Michelle enjoys working with all of our families in the process of becoming a B’nai Mitzvah. Having been through the B’nai Mitzvah process a few years ago with her own child, her goal is to be there for families to assist them during this special time.

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(913) 981-8876

Becca Browar
Site Director of B’nai Jehudah CDC/ Sasone Inclusion Specialist

Becca grew up in the Kansas City area and started her early childhood career with The J more than 15 years ago as a Barney Goodman camp counselor. She received her bachelor’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science with a focus in Early Childhood Education and Intervention from KU in 2013. After graduating, she spent 6 years providing one-to-one therapy to children with autism. She then spent time working in an administrative role, guiding families through the journey of accessing and starting services for their child with special needs. She dabbled in the HR world as the Human Resources Coordinator for a local behavioral health organization before returning to the J and the community that raised her. After 13 years living in Lawrence, she is happy to have moved back “home” with her husband JP, their daughter, Mackenzie, two dogs, Hank and Milo, and cat, Willie.

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Maria Barton
Administrative Assistant

Donations & Yahrzeit Coordinator

Maria’s responsibilities include acknowledging donations, tracking and notifying for all yahrzeits.  She also coordinates birthday and anniversary notices.  Maria is first contact for visiting groups.

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(913) 378-1261

Leea Clark
Executive Assistant to the Senior Rabbi

Leea Clark is one of our newest staff members who started working at B’nai Jehudah September 2021. Leea is the Executive Assistant to the Senior Rabbi, maintaining Rabbi Kramer’s calendar, meetings, and events. She has worked nearly her entire career in Financial Services and was ready to move on to something new. Leea is looking forward to learning about the Jewish religion and meeting and getting to know our wonderful Congregants. Please stop by her office anytime to introduce yourself, or to just say “hello”.

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(913) 384-4661

Tricia Ghekas 
Finance Director

Tricia’s responsibilities include all aspects of bookkeeping including member accounts, accounts receivable, accounts payable and payroll.

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(913) 378-1262

Jean Osbourn  
Administrative Assistant

Assistant to Executive Director, Facility Rentals, & Cemetery

Jean’s responsibilities include supporting the Executive Director, maintaining the congregation’s calendar and database. She works with members and non-members to rent facility space for an event.

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Donald Reese
Custodian

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Georgina Cusick-Quintero
Custodian

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Eric Kerns
Custodian

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Jamie Brink
Cemetery Caretaker