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Rabbi Joseph Krakoff

Community Outreach and Education
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Biographical Info

Rabbi Joseph H. Krakoff has joined the JHCN team as a consultant in Community Outreach and Education following a 16-year career as a pulpit rabbi at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield, Michigan. In his new capacity Rabbi Krakoff will act as the agency’s ambassador to community groups and healthcare professionals. He will also help develop training strategies for JHCN rabbis and clinical pastoral education students. Rabbi Krakoff brings with him a passion for and vast experience in pastoral caregiving. He has served for more than 10 years on the Hospice and Homecare board for St. John Providence Health System’s Reverence Hospice, and has completed a Clinical Pastoral Education Rabbinic Rotation at Memorial Sloane Kettering in New York City. Rabbi Krakoff earned a bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Penn., a master’s degree from the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, and a master’s degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, where he was ordained in 1998.


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Officers and Board of Directors

  • David Techner – President / Chairman of the Board
  • Rabbi E.B. Freedman – Vice President
  • Zina Kramer – Secretary
  • Dana Burnstein
  • Carolyn Cassin
  • Gail Danto
  • Howard J. Gourwitz
  • Nancy Grosfeld
  • Joel Jacob
  • Martin Laker
  • Susan Lewis
  • Robert Nusbaum
  • Spencer Partrich
  • Mickey Shapiro
  • Rabbi Levi Shemtov
  • Nosson Stoll
  • Steven Weisberg
  • Larry Wolfe
  • Alan Zekelman


  • Scott Kaufman – CEO of Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit
  • Perry Ohren  – Executive Director, Jewish Family Service
  • Rabbi Steven Rubenstein – President, Michigan Board of Rabbis

Community Advisory Board

  • Jeanne Aichele
  • Stephanie Appel
  • Marilyn Begle
  • Elaine Beresh
  • Mandell Berman
  • Risa Berris
  • Penny Blumenstein
  • Leslie Bricker, M.D.
  • Dana S. Buick, M.D.
  • Robert Cahill
  • Annette Carron, D.O.
  • Sandy Danto
  • Dottie Deremo
  • Marc Dunn, M.D.
  • Leo Eisenberg
  • Gail Elliott Patricolo
  • Pam Feinberg Rivkin
  • John Finn, M.D.
  • Renee Gruskin
  • Rabbi Shmuel Irons
  • Marsha Kamin
  • Herb Kaufman
  • Patricia Koval
  • Denise Lalka
  • Lindsay Leder
  • Rabbi Harold Loss
  • Henry Maicki, M.D.
  • Michael Maddens, M.D.
  • Jeff Margolis, M.D.
  • David McAree, M.D.
  • Michael Miller
  • Patrick Miller
  • Kathleen Murphy, M.D.
  • Peg Nelson
  • Kathleen Olsen, C.N.P.
  • Michael Paletta, M.D.
  • Rabbi Elliot Pachter
  • Gela Pala, M.D.
  • John Pizzuti
  • Teri Sahn-Silver
  • Carla Schwartz
  • Phyllis Schwartz
  • Charles Silow, Ph.D.
  • Michael Stellini, M.D.
  • Diana Stover​
  • Annemarie Switchulis, R.N.
  • Rabbi Daniel Syme
  • Bonnie Topper-Bricker,R.N.
  • Lynn Torossian
  • Rita Winer, R.N.
  • Andi Wolfe
  • Rabbi Paul Yedwab
  • Rabbi Herbert Yoskowitz
  • Robert Zalenski, M.D.​​

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