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.
Rabbi Judy Spicehandler
Rabbi Judy Spicehandler is the Interim Director of Education at Valley Temple. She grew up in Cincinnati and Jerusalem. After serving in the Israeli Army, she returned to the United States to attend the University of Chicago (BA) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA, MFA). Since being ordained at HUC in Cincinnati in 1999, Judy has served as Rabbi Educator at Congregation B’nai Tzedek in Cincinnati, North Shore Congregation Israel in Glencoe, IL, and Congregation Beth El of the Sudbury River Valley in Sudbury, MA. Since retiring and returning to Cincinnati she has been teaching in various venues around the city. She currently teaches Hebrew at the University of Cincinnati. She enjoys studying with friends, teaching Hebrew to people of all ages, and playing with her golden retriever puppy.
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.
As our Assistant Administrator, Amanda answers our calls and also provides support for Rabbi Kopnick and Wendy.