Name: Barb Kish
Age: too old to share, but younger than some!
Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin
Alma Mater: University of Michigan (Go Blue!), Masters from NAU
How long have you been a member of Temple Emanuel? My boys were raised at Temple Emanuel, went through religious school, and became bar mitzvah there. I think we were members then for about 12 years. I had my adult bat mitzvah, sharing the bimah with my younger son, in 2004. I left for a few years, and returned myself in 2016.
Why did you decide to join TEOT? After my divorce, I wanted to reconnect with my Jewish roots and have a place to volunteer, so I rejoined the Temple in 2016.
What do/did you do for a living? I taught elementary school for 34 years, mostly in Chandler.
What is your favorite holiday (it doesn’t have to be Jewish)? My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving.
What is your favorite Jewish food? Kreplach… always a favorite made by my grandma, and then my mom developed her own recipe and taught me!
What is the farthest you’ve traveled? Travel is my favorite pastime! I guess the farthest I’ve been is to Japan and to east Africa. The Galapagos Islands and an African safari were two destinations on my bucket list. The last on the list is Australia and New Zealand… maybe in 2022? I do plan to go to Morocco and Egypt when the pandemic eases.
Do you eat Chinese food on Christmas? Not this year, but usually I would!
What are some of your hobbies and interests? I love to travel, learn about new places and cultures, and to take photos from my adventures!
Have you binge-watched anything good lately? I like to watch the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel.
Do you have a favorite sport and/or sports team? I am an avid Phoenix Suns fan! I’ve had season tickets for years. Have you seen my car lately? It’s purple!
Do you have a hidden talent? Some people think I’m a good photographer. I designed the school yearbook for 20 years.
What is your favorite local restaurant? The Melting Pot and the Salt Cellar are family favorites. I’m disappointed that C Fu Gourmet closed.
Who would play the role of YOU in a Hollywood movie? I have no idea!