About Rabbi Barry Dolinger
Founder & Lead Supervisor
After entering the Rabbinate in Providence, Rhode Island, Rabbi D realized two things. First, people are looking for quality kosher food made thoughtfully and responsibly. Second, many rabbinic supervision agencies employ policies that are far stricter than Jewish law requires; this increases costs and reduces availability of kosher food.
Rabbi D started his experience in kosher supervision as a head student mashgiach (supervisor) at the University of Pennsylvania's kosher dining hall. He received his rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary affiliated with Yeshiva University. Currently, he serves as the Spiritual Leader of Congregation Beth Sholom in Providence, Rhode Island, and is a member of the Rabbinical Council of America and the International Rabbinic Fellowship.
Rabbi D experiments with innovative ways to bring Jewish wisdom and spiritual practice into people's lived experiences. To this end, he's a member of Rabbis Without Borders, a spunky network of experimenting Rabbis, and also participated in the clergy cohort of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. He also serves as a co-founder of Thrive, a RI based center for mindfulness and well-being.
Rabbi D. looks forward to connecting with you to co-create food-based expressions of these dreams.
about Rabbi Marc Philippe
Regional Supervisor - Miami Beach
Rabbi Marc Philippe received smicha from Yeshiva Toras Israel in Jerusalem, also known as Diaspora Yeshiva. He has been a citizen of the world since childhood, having grown up on four continents.
Rabbi Marc Philippe, his wife Valerie, and their three sons Ylan, Noam and Itai reside in Miami Beach where he is delighted to lead Temple Emanu-El and to serve the Jewish community.
Beyond his role at Temple Emanu-El, Rabbi Philippe is a public speaker, chaplain, cantor, musician, composer, conductor and hypnosis specialist. He earned his Masters degree at the prestigious Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, and later received a second degree at the Conservatoire Maurice Ravel. Simultaneously, he studied at the Institutions Talmudiques Yeshiva Yad Mordechai. Rabbi Philippe honed his cantorial skills as a conductor at the Consistoire Israelite de Paris. He then served the Choeur et Orchestre Philharmonique Européen, Orchestre Paris Pops and the Orchestre de I’lle de la Cite in various professional capacities.
He is a member of both the Chevra Kadisha of Miami and the Board of Mishkan Miami, the Jewish Chaplaincy Program of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. A practitioner of Jewish meditation, he has studied, practiced, taught classes, and organized retreats. He is the founder of the Kodesh House, a Jewish Spiritual Center in Miami, where sessions, classes, retreats and Seminars are offered in Kabbalistic Spirituality, Jewish meditation and alternative healing. Rabbi Marc Philippe is also a certified hypnotist and is particularly interested in past-life regressions
About Jessica Berndt
Jessica worked in the fashion industry for over twenty years as a makeup artist, and creative director. After choosing to retire from the industry in pursuit of a quieter path, she became the manager of a busy veterinary practice. Five years later, she became the office manager at Rabbi D's synagogue Congregation Beth Sholom. She could not help but jump at the chance to help spread the word about Lighthouse Kosher and use her organizational talents for the powers of good!
Jessica is happily married to her husband of over twenty years, Jason. They share their home with their dogs, who share their home with one very saucy cat. In her spare time, she is a passionate baker, hiker, and gardener.