Rabbi Jeffrey Shron
Senior Rabbirabbijeffreyshron@gmail.com Biography
Rabbi Jeffrey Shron is a native of Monsey, NY, and has served Kehilath Israel Synagogue for over 16 years, first as Hazzan, and now as Senior Rabbi.
Rabbi Shron received his B.A. in History and Teaching Certification from New York University and St. Thomas Aquinas College. Although he began serving as a hazzan since age fifteen, he received his formal cantorial training at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York, in the Masters of Sacred Music program, and in 2006, he received his Rabbinic Semicha (ordination) in Jerusalem, Israel.
In addition to his responsibilities at the synagogue, Rabbi Shron also interacts with the Jewish community in his role as mohel. He serves as a Chaplain in the Overland Park police and fire departments. He is also a member of the Johnson County Critical Incident Stress Management team, who helps emergency responders cope with the post-traumatic stress of their demanding jobs.
Rabbi Shron is married to Hedy, a native of Netanya, Israel, who is a LMSW, and serves as social worker in Kansas and Missouri. They have three children: Joshua, who lives in New Jersey with his wife, Mairov, and five children; Carla, who lives in Israel with her husband, Elie, and four children, and Shmuel, who lives on the Upper West Side in New York City.
He is also frequently seen playing softball at the JCC and basketball at K.I.
Rabbi Herbert Jay Mandl, Ph.D.
Rabbi Emeritushjm18@aol.com Biography
Rabbi Herbert Mandl is a native of Baltimore, MD and graduated in 1965 cum laude A.B. in German and Semitics from Johns Hopkins University.
In 1969 Rabbi Mandl received his Master's Degree in Hebrew Literature and was ordained as a Rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He was the recipient of the Joseph Zubow Award in Jewish Law. He received his Orthodox smicha ordination from Rabbi Aryeh Leib Spitz.
In 1981 Rabbi Mandl received a Ph.D. magna cum laude in Medieval Philosophy and Law from the University of Montreal where his dissertation was on the Jewish Matrimonial Law in comparison to the Christian laws of the time.
Rabbi Mandl received his Doctor of Divinity degree in 1994 from JTS. He has served as rabbi of congregations and served in academic positions in Edmonton and Montreal, Canada. He served as Senior Rabbi of Kehilath Israel since 1977 and became Rabbi Emeritus in 2012. He has served on many commissions, boards and committees in the Jewish, civic and community. In his continuing academic pursuits, he was honored by the Vatican by allowing him to do research in the Vatican Library in 2013.
Rabbi Mandl is married to the former Barbara Toltzis and they are the proud parents of Aron Mandl, Seth and Osa Mandl, Debbie Mandl and Miriam Mandl, and grandparents of Samuel, Benjamin, Esti, Shuli, Ephraim, Sara, Molly, and Lucy.
Cantor Benjamin Matis
Cantor Benjamin (Ben) Matis is K.I.'s part-time interim hazzan. He holds a masters degree in Sacred Music from the Jewish Tehological Seminary and an undergraduate degree from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD. He was most recently the hazzan at the Shelter Rock Community Center in Roslyn, NY. Cantor Ben is currently working on his Ph.d, teaching religious school at Congregation Beth Shalom, and he will teach a course again at the University of Kansas in the spring while being at K.I.