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Our Rabbis

Rabbi Stephanie Alexander

Rabbi Stephanie Alexander received her undergraduate degree, a B.S. in Psychology with honors in Jewish studies, from Tulane University in New Orleans.  She earned her ordination, as well as a Masters degree in Hebrew Literature and Religious Education, from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2003.  

Her rabbinic thesis was entitled:  "Standing at the Altar:  Re-imagining the Significance of Bar/Bat Mitzvah."  After her ordination, Rabbi Alexander served as an Assistant Rabbi at Temple Isaiah in Lexington, MA (799 families).  

She then worked for a year as the Regional Director of Youth and Informal Education for the URJ's Midwest Council before taking a solo pulpit at Temple Beth El in Dubuque, Iowa, where she served for three years before moving to the Lowcountry.  During that same time, she served as an Adjunct Professor at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and was the Midrasha Coordinator for high school age children at Temple Judah in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Throughout her training and practice as a rabbi and educator, Rabbi Alexander has sought out institutions that value creativity in programming--from an experimental Shabbat family school to multi-generational social justice organizing, to a supplemental congregational high school program over 120 teenagers strong.  Rabbi Alexander lives in Charleston with her husband, Rabbi Aaron Sherman, and their son, Eli.

Rabbi Stephanie Alexander

Rabbi Greg Kanter, DD

Rabbi Greg Kanter was ordained from the Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion upon completion of his studies in Jerusalem and Cincinnati, Ohio in 1993.  As a rabbinical student, Rabbi Kanter worked for the HUC-JIR Dean of Admissions and friend to KKBE, Rabbi Gary Zola, as the Director of Youth Programs and Special Assistant to the Dean of Admissions.  He also worked as a rabbinic intern for congregations in Lafayette, LA, Jackson, TN and Natchez, MS.  His Rabbinic thesis was entitled “From Jerusalem a Remnant Shall Go Out:  The Siege of Jerusalem in Biblical Times and the Twentieth Century.”  He still has a fondness for biblical and American Jewish history.

Before settling in Charleston, Rabbi Kanter moved with his family from S. Florida where he served at Temple Sinai in Delray Beach.  Rabbi Kanter was a member of the Palm Beach County Board of Rabbis, worked with Israel Bonds and the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation where he helped to register new potential life-saving donors and was also a donor match.

Rabbi Kanter grew up active in NFTY and Reform Judaism’s summer camp movement and still loves advising and supporting today’s Jewish youth. 

Rabbi Kanter joins us with his husband Mike and their daughters, Emily and Alayna. 

Rabbi Greg Kanter

Anthony D. Holz, DD

Rabbi Emeritus

Rabbi Anthony David Holz assumed the spiritual leadership of KKBE in August,1992 and transitioned to Rabbi Emeritus in August of 2010.  Rabbi Holz was born and educated in Cape Town, South Africa, where he received a B.A. degree with a major in music. He completed his rabbinic studies at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio and was ordained in 1970. He was awarded his Doctor of Divinity degree in 1995.

Before coming to KKBE, Rabbi Holz held positions with the B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation at Ohio's Miami University, the Pretoria Progressive Jewish Congregation in South Africa, Congregation Beth Tikvah near Columbus, Ohio and Temple Israel in Duluth, Minnesota.

Rabbi Holz is active in numerous Jewish and community organizations. He has special expertise in religious education, youth work, creative liturgy and music.

Rabbi Holz and his wife, Judy, have three adult daughters and four grandchildren. Meiera Stern is a graphic designer living in Boston with husband Hadley and 3 children. Jessa Herrick and husband,Tim, live in Atlanta with their daughter, Riley. Dara and her husband live in Los Angeles.

Anthony D. Holz, Rabbi Emeritus

Our Staff

Steve Bram

Executive Director

Robin Shuler

Music Director

Melanie Archer

Religious School Director

Irene Gilbert

Communications Director

Alexandra Sandefur

Facilities and Museum Director

Sylvia Hege


Grace Tinsley

Administrative Assistant

Shula Holtz

B'nei Mitzvah Coordinator

Esther Bryant

Facility Manager

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