As Executive Director, Matt oversees HR, Operations and Finance for all of KI. In partnership with the Senior Rabbi, as E.D. he leads the senior staff team and reports directly to the Board of Trustees.
Matt joined the KI staff in 2008, first as Program Director and then as Director of Programs & Marketing. In July, 2014, Matt was promoted to Executive Director. He is deeply humbled and honored to serve the incredible Kehillat Israel community. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Matt began his Jewish communal professional career at Hillel at the University of Southern California, where he served as Program Director, Assistant Director of Development, Assistant Director, and Interim Executive Director.
After eight-and-a-half years serving the Trojan Jewish population at ‘SC, Matt moved to Israel for a year and served as the Director of Marketing for Livnot U’Lehibanot. Upon returning to Los Angeles, Matt was hired by American Jewish University (formerly known as the University of Judaism) as their Director of Undergraduate Admissions.
In addition to being a Jewish Communal Professional, Matt is also an award-winning composer of Jewish music and an avid Cleveland sports fan. He lives in Brentwood with his amazing children Clara and Izzy.
Rabbi Carrie Vogel
Director, Jewish Experience Center
Rabbi Carrie Vogel serves as the Director of the Jewish Experience Center. Carrie oversees and works with the JEC team to make sure that our programming and experiences are at the highest level.
Carrie was ordained as a rabbi from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion here in Los Angeles in 2009. In addition, she received a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters in 2006 and a Master of Arts in Jewish Education in 2007 from HUC-JIR. During Carrie’s time in rabbinic school she worked at a number of synagogues, camps and day schools in the greater Los Angeles area. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Cincinnati.
Carrie and her husband Brian are the proud parents of their son, Jonah. She loves The Ohio State Buckeyes, hiking and reading.
Rose Laura Orlovich
Director, Early Childhood Center and Parenting Center
Rose Orlovich has a Bachelor of Arts in Jewish Studies and a Master of Arts in Education from the American Jewish University. She served as the Assistant Director of On-Site Programs for the Jewish Experience Center at Kehillat Israel before becoming the Director of the Early Childhood Center.
Rose grew up attending a Jewish day school program and summer camp, both of which helped shape her passion for learning about Judaism. Rose has worked at Jewish camp, preschool, religious school, youth, and parent and me programs.
Rose is excited to bring her passion for Jewish learning and practice to Kehillat Israel. She looks forward to getting to know the families and staff in the Early Childhood Center. In her free time, Rose enjoys reading, cooking, playing with her puppy, and spending time with her family.
Email Rose or call 424.214.7482
Sheri Vinnecour Gerrman
Director of Member Engagement and Development
Sheri Vinnecour Gerrman has been working in the Jewish community for the past 21 years. Her first professional experience was working for the Jewish Federation helping to coordinate the Valley Jewish Festival and the Israel’s 50th Anniversary Festival at Pan Pacific Park.
Sheri went on to study at the Hebrew Union College, where she received her double masters in Jewish Education and Jewish Communal Service in 2001. Following graduation, Sheri began working at Kehillat Israel as their Membership Engagement Director. She was responsible for the programming, fundraising and membership of the congregation. After eight years, Sheri left her full-time position at KI to be a stay-at-home-mom, while continuing at KI as their part-time volunteer/new member coordinator for the next four years. She is back full time and has returned to working with membership and fundraising, becoming the Director of Member Engagement and Development.
Sheri’s greatest joys are her two daughters, Emily and Samantha. She also loves The Wisconsin Badgers, traveling, cooking and hiking.
Email Sheri or call at 424.214.7463
Robert Kutaj has been working in non-profits and religious organizations for the past 20 years after migrating from Chicago in 1986. With a B.S. in Accounting from Indiana University, Bob currently overseas all Finance function as at KI.
Bob was recruited by CIGNA Hospital in 1986 as CFO and was promoted to COO/CFO to create the first managed mental health care HMO in California serving over 500,000 members. After finishing his MBA at Pepperdine University, Bob served as Parish Business Administrator managing all operating functions and the development of the first capital campaign in over 60 years at OLPH in Santa Clarita. Bob is truly honored to be a part of the continued growth of Kehillat Israel.
Bob and his wife, Joan, are residents of Valencia, but Bob continues to remain an avid Chicago sports fan.
Email Robert or call at 424.214.7468