Rabbi Patrick is a retired rock musician who became a Jewish educator and rabbi. His passion is Jewish life focused on interfaith families, spiritual seekers and people who don't think of themselves as "synagogue people". He has been featured in CNN, CBS News, Richmond Times-Dispatch and Chesterfield Observer. He loves going to Virginia's many state parks and coffee shops with the love of his life, Rebbetzin Stefanie, and their adult son Javon.
Rebbetzin Stefanie is a policy wonk by day and a Jewish leader by night. She has developed innovative adult Jewish programming in Richmond and Atlanta, GA, and is passionate about people "doing Judaism their way". She spends her time playing kirtan music on her harmonium, hanging out with Rabbi Patrick and is an avid home chef who makes challah the size of Thanksgiving turkeys. She wants to reclaim the title "rebbetzin" for progressive Jews like her.
Robin Rio is passionate about using music in a spiritual way that recognizes the humanity in every person. She the values sharing music of culture, tradition and faith in a setting that encourages everyone to support one another in personal growth through shared purpose and values. Having the opportunity to be the music leader with the Kehillah faith community has been a treasure! When Robin is not singing, she is embarrassing her teenage daughters (because that's just what moms do!), trying to arrange a date night with her husband, or snuggling the family kitty Mr. Chex.
Family School & B'nai Mitzvah Educator
Edva (she/her) is a Persian-Polish-Syrian-Ukrainian-Israeli-American social worker, cat mom, and lover of obscure Jewish factoids (Why do trees have birthdays? What do sea monsters have to do with the names of planets?). She believes there is no wrong way to be Jewish and focuses on inclusion and equity in her teaching. Edva especially enjoys working with students from interfaith families. She is obsessed with Jewish cuisine from around the world - if you come over for dinner, you’re as likely to have Eastern European stew as you are to have Goan-style curry. In her spare time Edva gardens, knits, and annoys her husband by telling him (again) why the Koufax Curse is a totally real thing in baseball.
Communications & Cares Coordinator
Kayleigh Dumont, born and raised in the Midlothian area, graduated from VCU in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in English, including two minors in creative writing and psychology. In 2016 she served as a copyediting intern at Blackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts, and as an editorial intern at Virginia Living Magazine during the summer after graduation, where she oversaw the 2017 Made in Virginia Awards. Kayleigh also worked at both VCU Writing Center campus locations as a writing consultant. In 2019 she returned to VCU, where she volunteered at Blackbird and interned at British Virginia; she earned her Master of Arts in English in May 2023.
Currently, she is continuing her professional development through online courses for digital marketing and copyediting while also working as the Administrative & Communications Assistant at Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, where she is a member. She enjoys binge-watching baking shows and being at her three cats' beck-and-call.
Born in New York City, Sophia moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains with her family where she spent her childhood exploring and appreciating the beauty of the natural world. Carrying that passion for beauty and exploration into her adult life, she majored in cinema and international studies while earning her bachelor’s degree at VCU. She comes from a family of artists and craftsmen and always carries that with her. Whether it’s working on arts and crafts with her children or working on her own film and photography projects, she loves to create and capture images of the beauty all around us. When she's not snapping pics, she's catching rays out hiking and gardening, or making old-school popcorn for home movie nights with the family.