Rabbi Marc Kraus was raised in the suburbs of London as part of a close-knit family and lived for several years in Israel. He graduated summa cum laude from Oxford University with a degree in Hebrew Literature and was ordained a rabbi by the Ziegler School in Los Angeles. Marc loves telling and performing stories, as well as teaching drama. In his spare time he enjoys graphic design, movie making and mindfulness meditation.
Marc’s partner Alicia Cohen Kraus is the Program Director at the Simon Family JCC and Hillel Director at ODU. They share a grey tabby cat called Laila and love hosting people for dinner on Shabbat evenings.
Caterer Sue Adler writes: I grew up in Oklahoma city and attended the University of Oklahoma. Later, I moved to New York and lived at the Hebrew Y on 92nd in NYC. There I met my first husband. We got married in the Tidewater area and opened up a flower shop near the old JCC. When my husband passed away, I opened up a kosher bakery with my brother-in-law. I was later invited to become Temple Emanuel’s caterer, a position I have now held for twenty-two years.
Office Manager Gail Gogan writes: I was born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia. After graduating from Kee Business College, I began my career as a secretary/legal assistant at the young age of 19. I moved to Virginia Beach in 1981. Shortly thereafter I met the love of my life, Don Gogan. I became a military wife and endured many deployments throughout Don’s 21+ years in the Navy. Don and I have been married for 30 years and have two sons, Andrew 28, and Travis 23. Temple Emanuel has been my place of employment and home away from home since January 2009. I am most grateful and honored to be the Office Manager of Temple Emanuel and have developed many friendships which I will treasure always.