Andrew Engel has been a member of Temple Sinai since 1989, serving as a Board member since 2006. He has also served on following committees: Ritual, Long Range Planning and Strategic Planning, Development, a Religious School Search Committee and several Rabbi Search Committees. He and his wife, Karen Barr, have two children who have attended Religious School and been active in Sinaites. Andrew is an Ob/Gyn and Mohel who cooks, bakes and pickles in his spare time, sleeping rarely.
Gary Friend and his wife Tara Sonenshine have been members of Temple Sinai since 2000. Their sons, Jordan and Yale, attended the Religious School through Confirmation. Gary has served on the board of Sinai House since 2009. Outside the temple, Gary advises non-profit organizations on business operations, growth strategies, and organizational design. In his spare time, he fixes anything mechanical, techs guitar amps for rock musicians, and rides the windy roads of Maryland and Virginia on his motorcycle.
Jill Chenok and her husband Dan have been members of Temple Sinai for 15 years. They have three daughters, two of whom have celebrated their bat mitzvahs at Temple Sinai. Her oldest daughter has also been confirmed. Jill is completing her second year on temple board. Previously, she served on the board of TSWRJ and was a religious school room parent. She has served in several volunteer leadership roles Montgomery County public schools, and is currently a cluster coordinator for the Whitman Cluster of schools, helping coordinate PTA advocacy. Jill's professional background includes government contracting for clients in defense and international operations, program management for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and non-profit management.
John Hellerman and his wife Stephanie have been active members of Temple Sinai since 2002. Their children, Ali (11), Jack (7), and Mark (6) all attended Temple Sinai Nursery School (where Stephanie recently served as the Co-Chair of the Parents’ Association). All three kids currently attend the Religious School. John previously served as a Board Member from 2007-2009 and over the years has served on the Communications Committee, Chaired Rabbi Reiner’s successful 25th Anniversary Event, “This is Your Life” in 2006, and participated on the Search Committee that selected Rabbi Rosenwasser. Most recently John coordinated the successful launch of the Temple’s Leadership Development Program and its inaugural 2015-2016 class. John is the founder of Hellerman Communications, an award-winning corporate communications agency positioning professionals to build and protect lucrative relationships. Working with the world’s most elite professionals and their firms, John specializes in strategic marketing and content development, crisis and litigation communications, and social influencer and stakeholder relations.
Barry Wides currently serves as President of Sinai Assisted Housing Foundation. He has been a member of Temple Sinai for over 20 years. Barry also works on affordable housing and community development issues at his "day job"–serving as the Deputy Comptroller of the Currency for Community Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He and his wife Gail, a teacher at Temple Sinai, have two children, Sarah and Hannah, both of whom became b'not mitzvah at Temple Sinai.
Isabel Dunst previously served as Chair of the Social Action Committee, a member, Vice President, and then President of the Temple Sinai Board of Trustees in 1994. She is currently Vice-Chair of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, member of the Investment Committee of the Union of Reform Judaism, and a member of the Board of Governors of the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion. She recently retired frompracticing law full time to concentrate on family, friends, and golf.
Nancy Golding has been a member since 1992 and a board member since 2012. She is currently on Sinai House board, Nursery School Committee, and Membership Committee. She and her husband, Bob Hartheimer have 3 boys, all of whom went to TSNS, and were bar mitzvahed and confirmed at Temple Sinai. She enjoys all sports, loves the theater and ballet.
Marcie Solomon has been a member of Temple Sinai since 1997 when her daughter Aviva enrolled in the Religious School. Aviva went on to become a Bat Mitzvah and confirmand. Marcie was a member and then chair of the Religious School Committee and was particularly pleased to be involved in the development of the special education program. She was a member of the temple Board 2003-2006 during which time she chaired a senior staff evaluation committee. She was also a member of the 2006 Adult B'nai Mitvah (Dibrot) class and is a former member of the Ritual Committee. From 2009-2011 she served as Co-President of TSWRJ and she continues to be a TSWRJ Board member. Currently she serves as chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. Marcie is a clinical social worker in private practice and for many years has held various leadership positions within the profession.
Deborah Lewis grew up attending Temple Sinai where she became a bat mitzvah and a confirmand. She has been chair of the Religious School Committee and the Ritual Committee and served on the search committee that selected Cantor Robins. Deborah is a former attorney currently studying for her masters degree in social work. She and her husband, Leon, a labor lawyer, have a daughter and a son who became b’not mitzvah at the temple.
Naomi Gendler Camper and her husband, Clarke Camper, have been Sinai members for around a decade. Their three children have, mostly willingly, attended religious school, and have finally learned to pre-order their hamentaschen. The daughter of a Rabbi, Naomi grew up in Massachusetts, but has lived in DC since 1997.
Andrew Davis and his wife Rebecca Davis have been members of Temple Sinai since 2005. Andrew has served on the Social Action Committee, managed the temple's Sukkot in April project, and served on the Search Committee that selected Rabbi Roos. Andrew and his wife have two children, Rafael (4), who is in the Temple Sinai Nursery School, and Leah (2). Andrew works at the U.S. Department of Labor.
David Eichenbaum and his wife Debra have been members of Temple Sinai since 2005. David is a member of the Religious School and Ritual Committees and participated in the Just Congregations initiative. Their children, Isaac and Emma, attend Noar and Isaac is a madrich in the Religious School. David is a political media consultant and strategist and has been involved in successful state and national elections. He’s also been involved politically overseas, including in Israel, where he and his family lived for six months.
Katie Herman and her husband Andrew have been members of Temple Sinai since 2011. Their sons, Asher and Leor, attended the Nursery School and Katie served as the co-chair of the Winter Concert Fundraiser for two years. Asher currently attends the Religious School, and Leor will begin this fall. Katie most recently served on the Review Committee for Cantor Robins. Katie is a partner of TenSquare, a charter school consulting firm where she runs the school improvement practice. Katie served as a founding staff member and board trustee of Thurgood Marshall Academy.
Hunter Hogewood joined Temple Sinai with his wife, Jamie Yavelberg, in 2006. They became involved with the temple through the Nursery School where both of their daughters attended. Hunter teaches US History and Comparative Religions at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and is Chair of the History Department. His daughter Rebecca became a Bat Mitzvah in 2012 and Abigail will be celebrating her Bat Mitzvah in 2015. Hunter is also a member of the Brotherhood at Temple Sinai and has enjoyed volunteering at Sinai House.
Ann Ingram, her late husband, John, and (now adult) children Liz, David, and Judy joined Temple Sinai in 1968. Ann has sung in the temple choir since that time and also taught music and Comparative Religion in the Religious School in the 70's. She has served on the Ritual Committee, the Music Committee and two search committees: Cantorial (Cantor Croen!), and Rabbinic (Rabbi Roos!) After two years as a substitute teacher in junior high schools in the DC Public School System, she served twenty years as Director of Volunteer Services for the Travelers Aid Society of Washington, DC.
Ellen Leibenluft and her husband Bob have been Temple Sinai members for over 20 years. Ellen and her sons Jacob and Michael were B'nai Mitzvah at the temple. Ellen served on the Search Committees for Rabbis Roos and Rosenwasser. She is a psychiatrist who performs research at the NIH examining brain abnormalities in children with severe mood disorders.
Matthew Pachman (Bio Forthcoming)
Steve Messner (Past President 2013-15) and his family have been members of Temple Sinai since 1989. He has served as Executive Vice President, Chair of the Finance Committee, Chair of the Rabbinic Search Committee, Comptroller, and a member of the Strategic Planning Committee. Steve, an executive in professional services firms, and his wife, Liz, a professor at Georgetown University, have two sons, each of whom became bar mitzvah and a confirmand at the temple.
Elizabeth Rose (Bio Forthcoming)
Dan Rosenblum is a retired physician who practiced hematology-oncology and internal medicine in Kensington, MD between 1975 and 2001. Between 2001 and 2014 he worked with the FDA and the NIH on health-related issues, most recently as a Medical Officer assigned to 13 major academic centers that had major awards designed to help them make discoveries and develop products (drugs, biologicals, devices, and practices) that would help prevent, manage, and cure diseases more effectively, cheaply, and reliably. He has been active in Temple Sinai since he joined in 1953, both on the Board and as a Committee Chair (Member-to-Member, Endowment). He is a passionate student of Hebrew and Torah and currently active on the Kathy Rabinowitz SinaiCares and Development Committees.
Seth Speyer (Bio Forthcoming)
Laura Steel and her husband David have been members of Temple Sinai since 2000. They have two sons, Alex and Paul, both of whom attended the Nursery School, Religious School and celebrated their b’nei mitzvot at Temple Sinai. Laura is herself a graduate of the Adult B’nei Mitzvah program and she celebrated her bat mitzvah in 2008. Laura is currently studying Hebrew at Temple Sinai (perpetually in Kitah Dalet, or the fourth grade) and she joined the Board in July 2016. Outside of temple, Laura is a partner in the law firm of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLP, where she litigates professional liability and employment cases.
Anita Stoll (Bio Forthcoming)
Jean Veta and her wife, Mary Ann Dutton, have been members of Temple Sinai since 2005, and Mary Ann became an adult bat mitzvah at the Temple. All three of their children -- Caleb, Emma, and Micah -- attended Temple Sinai Nursery School, and all three attend or attended the Religious School where Jean served as a room parent for several years. Caleb celebrated his bar mitzvah at Temple Sinai in January 2015 and attends Noar. Jean is a partner at the law firm, Covington & Burling LLP, and Mary Ann is a clinical psychologist and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center.
Rosann Wisman (Past President 2011-13) has been a member of Temple Sinai for over twenty-five years. She has also served as Executive Vice President, Chair of the Finance Committee, Co-chair of the Rabbinic Search Committee, Chair of the Religious School Committee, and a member of the Strategic Planning Committee. She and her husband, Michael Lilek, have two sons who each became b'nai mitzvah and were confirmed at Temple Sinai. In her professional life, Rosann works on global health policy issues and non-profit management. Currently, she serves as Executive Director of the Global Biological Standards Institute.
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