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Tova 2013



Tova Gannana

Religious School Director

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Tova Gannana was born and raised in St. Paul, MN. She was brought up in the Beth Jacob Congregation and attended Talmud Torah Day School. After high school Tova made aliyah and served in the IDF. She was a member of Kibbutz Ketura for eight years where she lived with her husband Nisan and their children Avram and Sivan. On Kibbutz Ketura, Tova led poetry workshops for international groups staying in Keren Kolot, the educational institute on Kibbutz Ketura. She was a madricha for five years in the after school program of Kibbutz Ketura. Tova is a published poet, her first book Human Dust came out in 2012 with Finishing Line Press.

She lives on Bainbridge Island with her husband and her two children.




Emily Katcher

Student Rabbi
School Kabbalat Shabbat Service Leader

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Emily Katcher has been leading and teaching Torah, tefillah and Hebrew for 14 years. She was Cantorial Soloist and teacher at Kol Shalom for six years. She currently leads Shabbat, holiday and life cycle celebrations at congregations throughout the Puget Sound area, including Kol Shalom, Beth Hatikvah and Bet Shira. Emily has a BA in Near Eastern Religion from Cal State Long Beach, where she studied Dead Sea Scrolls with Robert Eisenman, and has studied Jewish music at Hebrew Union College.

She lives in West Seattle with her husband Matt and their three children.



Darla Buhler

Temple Administrator

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Darla Buhler has been with Kol Shalom since 2014, having previously served for a number of years in a similar capacity for three congregations of other faiths. A native Northwesterner, Darla has also lived on the east coast and in the southwest. She has visited Europe and Central America, and lived in Asia for three years, where she taught English as a Second Language to all ages. Darla studied commercial art and music in college, graduating with a BA, and enjoys singing in her a cappella church choir.

She lives in Bremerton with her husband and daughters.