Clergy & Staff

Rabbi Sandford Kopnick

The spiritual leader of the Valley Temple since 2001. He served congregations in Fort Wayne, IN and Chicago, IL prior to becoming Valley’s rabbi. Rabbi Kopnick served at the chair of the CCAR Youth Committee, chair of Goldman Union Camp’s development committee, a faculty member of GUCI, an instructor of homiletics (sermon writing) at Hebrew Union College, and as an instructor in the JCC’s Melton Adult Education Program. Prior to Ordination from HUC-JIR in Cincinnati, Rabbi Kopnick received a B.A. from the University of Michigan.

Wendy Walsh

The administrator of the Valley Temple for over 30 years. Wendy holds a B.B.A. from the University of Cincinnati and is a member of NATA, the National Association of Temple Administrators. Wendy has a unique way of helping our members feel at home in our congregation as she supports the mission of the Temple and keeps track of the many administrative issues connected with running our synagogue.

Robyn Friend

The Director of Education at Valley Temple. Robyn holds a Masters and Specialist degree in Education and holds licensure in mental health specializing in children and families. Prior to moving to Cincinnati, she worked at The Davis Academy, the country’s largest Reform Jewish Day School in Atlanta, Georgia. There, she worked as the School Counselor to help develop each student’s academic and social/emotional learning, while also fostering their Jewish identity. Further, she provided regular consultation and education to both teachers and parents. Along with her husband, Scott, and their two sons, Jordan and Joshua, Robyn has loved making Cincinnati their home and they are all excited to join the Valley community.

Amanda Rosenberg

As our Assistant Administrator, Amanda answers our calls and also provides support for Rabbi Kopnick and Wendy. 

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