Featured Compass Members

Compass Featured Member

Renee-Kurnow Renee Kurnow
Renee was born in Minneapolis, growing up on the North Side, part of a loving family with a nice childhood. As Renee says, It was the loveliest childhood anyone could have. She graduated from North High School and then went to the University of Minnesota, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree. She was certified to teach nursery school, kindergarten, primary. Renee was the first and only child in her major family to go to college.

Renee met her husband in Los Angeles when she was visiting her aunt. They married and lived there 12 years, where Renee taught for about four years. One of her daughters was going to a Jewish Day School and Renee was cochair of the lunch program. After moving back to Minneapolis, Renee taught for a year in Minneapolis in Waite Park.

Renee did substitute teaching in the St. Louis Park public schools and then moved to preschools. She worked at Bet Shalom, Adath Jeshurun, Beth El, and the Minneapolis JCC. She found it interesting as she met a lot of nice people. Renee also loved being with the kids it was always a joy. She remarked that they are free, spontaneous, fun to talk with, and not inhibited. She loved laughing with them.

Travel was mostly in the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska, along with cruises in the Caribbean.


Reading is one of Renees hobbies, which includes being part of the BOND book club. She also plays mahj, besides volunteering for BOND. She started in Brandeis and then was a charter member of BOND. Renee loves the people, activities, and doing fundraising. Her volunteer work with the organization has included coordinator and chairperson of board meeting refreshments, hostess at BOND luncheons and book author events, garage sales, and contacting members for the membership committee. She also continues volunteering for JFCS Hag Sameach doing gift wrapping.

Renee now lives in Minnetonka, has two lovely daughters and three grandsons.