Rabbi Cassi Kail was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in 2011, where she also received a Master of Hebrew Literature. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelors in Philosophy from the University of Hartford in 2004.
Prior to joining the Temple Emanu-El community in the summer of 2011, Rabbi Kail co-founded a minyan of 20s and 30s called "The Wandering Jews of Astoria," and was co-organizer of the HUC-JIR soup kitchen. As a student, she was privileged to serve as student rabbi for Temple Beth HaSholom in Williamsport, PA and Temple Israel in Uniontown, PA, and as a chaplain for the Jewish Home and Hospital. She is a member of Utica's interfaith round table, and in her free time she loves to hike, read, play guitar and bake.
Rabbi Kail lives in New Hartford, NY with her husband Josh, and her children, Noam and Talia.
Rabbi Henry Bamberger came to Temple Emanu-El in 1982. When he retired in 1999, he was elected Rabbi Emeritus. Since that time, he has remained active in the general and Jewish communities. He has served as a board member and officer of Planned Parenthood Mohawk-Hudson and the Mohawk Valley Institute for Learning and Retirement. He has taught a variety of courses for the latter. He is also a docent at the Utica Zoo.
He and his wife, Sheila, served for four years as executive directors of the National Associate of Reform Rabbis. During the early years of his retirement, he conducted High Holy Day services for the Reform congregation in Bryan/College Station, Texas.
Rabbi Bamberger holds an earned Doctor of Hebrew Letters degree from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, which also granted him honorary Doctor of Divinity. He has taught courses at Colgate and Utica College.
The Bamberger's have been married since 1959. They have two daughter and two grandchildren.