Board of Trustees
Mike Baker and his wife Linda have been members of the Temple since the mid-1980s. Mike grew up in Lexington, Ky., where he was youth group president the same year his parents were presidents of the Temple and the Sisterhood. He and Linda moved to Berkeley following college. They have three sons, all Temple Sinai bar mitzvahs, and two grandchildren. This is Mike’s third stint on the Temple Board, having served in the early 1990s and again in the early 2000s. Mike also sits on the Jewish Community Foundation board. Mike received his undergraduate degree from Harvard and his law degree from UC Berkeley. He is currently senior counsel at Arnold & Porter LLC in San Francisco.
First Vice President
Geoff Piller and his wife Karen Tiedemann have been Temple Sinai members since 1995. He participated in the first Temple Leadership program, two rabbinic search committees, served as president of the Board of Directors of Oakland Midrasha from 2009 through August 2013 and remains a member of the Midrasha Board. He is the managing partner of Beeson, Tayer & Bodine, A Union-side labor law firm based in Oakland.
Aviva Black and her family joined Temple Sinai when they moved to Oakland in 2003. Her two children attended the preschool and during that time, Aviva served as the Chair of the Preschool Parent Committee. She also chaired the Re-Imagine project for the religious school, has served on several rabbinic search committees and is currently on the Executive Committee of the Board. Several times, her husband and children participated in the uproarious Purim schpiel. Aviva teaches yoga in Oakland and writes a blog interweaving Judaism and yoga.
Louise Epstein and her family have been members of Temple Sinai since 1983. In the 80s, she chaired the Education Committee and served two terms on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. She also co-chaired the Capital Campaign in the early 90s. Louise spearheaded several major fundraising campaigns, raising upwards of $150 million dollars. As Chair of the Development Committee, Louise is leading the way to address our financial needs as well as create the infrastructure to enhance and sustain a culture of philanthropy at the temple.
Dan Fendel and his wife Nina joined Temple Sinai in 1980. Their three children all attended religious school here, and the family spent 1984-85 traveling, with summers in Europe and the school year in Israel. Dan is a member of the Ritual Committee; co-chair of the Caring Community; a founding member of the Shabbat Minyan committee; co-founder and co-chair of the Chevra Kadisha; and a regular at Torah study and two Talmud study groups. He is Professor of Mathematics, Emeritus, at San Francisco State University (retired 2006), and spends much of his non-Temple time with his grandchildren. Nina is a labor attorney, primarily representing unions in the construction trades. Dan and Nina love to travel, including trips to Cuba, Bhutan/Thailand, Kenya, Bali, and Japan/Cambodia/Vietnam.
Seth Rosen and his wife Molly joined Temple Sinai in 1999 and have two children who have attended Temple Sinai’s religious school. Seth joined Temple Sinai’s Board of Trustees in 2011 and joined the Executive Committee as Vice President in 2012. In addition to his Board duties, Seth chaired an ad hoc committee focused on Home of Eternity cemetery matters in 2012-13 and joined the Finance Committee in 2013. Previously, Seth served on the Education Committee, the ad hoc Re-Imagine Committee for the religious school, and as a board member and officer for an Oakland early childhood education non-profit. Seth is the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for an industrial instrumentation manufacturing company in the East Bay. Molly is active at Temple Sinai, co-chairing a leadership development initiative in 2013-14 and proudly participating in Temple Sinai’s Women of the Wall delegation to Israel in October 2013.
TreasurerLucy Harris has been a member of Temple Sinai since 1991. Previous to this, she served on the Temple Sinai Board from 1995-2002. Her other Temple involvement includes participation in the Education Committee, the Cantor and Executive Director Search Committees, the Investment Committee, Finance Committee and the Nominating Committee. She was past chair of the Sisterhood Shabbat and Musical Director of the Purim spiel. Lucy is married and has two daughters.
SecretaryJenny Ettinger, her husband Jon and their two girls Celia and Laurel have been members since 1997. Both girls are graduates of the preschool, the religious school and Midrasha. In the early 2000s, Jenny was the Social Action chairperson and then the President of the Temple Sinai Preschool Parent Board. She chaired the Temple’s annual Mitzvah Day event from 1999-2006, organized the weekly delivery of 120 lunches to an Oakland homeless shelter from 2007-2013 and facilitates and runs the monthly birthday parties for residents at Oakland's Ursula Sherman Center. She is a regular participant in the Torah Study class. Jenny is a teacher in Elementary Education and since 2004 has been the Library Media Teacher at Chabot Elementary in Oakland.
Board of Trustees
Jennifer Alderman - Bio forthcoming
Barbara Barza, her husband Al, and their son Joshua, joined Temple Sinai in 1995 when Josh started at Temple Sinai Preschool. Barbara was active in the preschool, religious school, and Midrasha parent communities as her son became a Bar Mitzvah, confirmand, and 12th grade graduate. She has served on the Women of Temple Sinai (WTS) Board for four years – first as Communications Chair, two years as a Co-Convener, and now as one of the WTS Liaisons to the Temple Sinai Board. Trained as a computer engineer and experienced as a high-tech marketing executive, Barbara is now Associate Director at G-dcast, a new media production non-profit that produces innovative films, apps, and interactive experiences for meaningful Jewish learning. For fun, Barbara likes to bike ride and travel with her family.
Jonathan Carey, a member of Sinai since 1997, is the President of LegalVision and the non-profit BlueStar. Since 1991, Jonathan has developed over 20,000 persuasive visuals designed to help attorneys win at trial. In 2003, when Jonathan heard that students at UC Berkeley were afraid to identify as Jewish in public because of the vitriol directed against Israel, he volunteered to help. His initial attempts to design posters to help students identify with Israel's positive values and democratic institutions were seen as unique - and spread quickly around the globe to Israel supporters. In addition to a BS in Mechanical Engineering Design from the University of Massachusetts, Jonathan received an MBA from Tulane University.
John Tamor Citron and his family have been members of Temple Sinai since 1991. He is Past President of Bay Area Midrasha in Oakland (of which our congregation is one of several sponsors) and Co-Chair of the Temple Sinai Israel Education Committee. John and his wife, Felicia Hsin Liu, M.D., are retired physicians (Endocrinology and Internal Medicine, respectively). Their son and daughter became b’nai mitzvah at the temple.
Robert Einspruch - Bio ForthcomingMatti Fromson has been a member of Temple Sinai since 2009, with her husband, Tom Mayhew, and their daughter, Julia. Her daughter attended Temple Sinai Preschool and is now a Temple Sinai Religious School student. Matti serves on Temple Sinai’s Ritual Committee and Education Committee, and was a member of the Family Engagement Taskforce. She also served on the executive committee of the Preschool Parent Committee, and created educational materials which were distributed by both the preschool and religious school to enhance family home ritual practice. Matti was part of the Leading with Jewish Values 2013-2014 cohort. She joined the Board in 2013. Matti is a criminal defense attorney, specializing in white collar criminal cases. She and her family live in Berkeley.
Amy Jo Goldfarb, her husband Aaron and their two boys Max and Ben have been members of Temple Sinai since 2006. Their oldest son is a graduate of Temple Sinai Preschool and attends our Religious School. Their youngest son is in his second year at the Preschool. Amy Jo has served in various roles on The Preschool Parent Committee (PPC) from 2009-2012. She was PPC President in 2012-2013 during which time she sat on the Board of Trustees; in accordance with that role. Amy Jo was elected to the Board in 2013 and is a member of the Education Committee. She is currently a participant in the Leading with Jewish Values leadership cohort. Amy Jo is a RN who has focused her career in Emergency and Post-Anesthesia Recovery clinical work. Amy Jo has worked for Alta Bates Summit Medical Center since she and her husband relocated to Oakland from the Midwest in 2001. From 2008-2013 she worked as a Patient Satisfaction Coach and recently returned to clinical work in late 2013.
Steve Goldstein and his wife, Pat Livingston, have been members of Temple Sinai since 1983. They have two grown children, Rachel and Zac, who have both attended the Religious School and Midrasha. Their family has also enjoyed its participation in a Temple chavurah that has met since 1992. Steve serves on the Ritual Committee and is one of the lay leaders of the monthly Shabbat Minyan Service. He also participated on the Shabbat Initiative Taskforce. Steve and Pat both have careers in healthcare. Steve has a clinical background in physical therapy and is now a hospital administrator. Pat is a medical social worker.
Neil Jacobson and his wife, Denise, have been members of Temple Sinai since 1992. Neil chairs the Access Committee and represents them on the Board of Trustees. He was on the Midrasha Board when their son, David, attended that program. Neil has presented at several national URJ conferences as well as at Hebrew University in New York. After 29 years of working for Wells Fargo as a disabled IT professional, he retired as a Sr. Vice President to start a disability-focused employment company that specializes in consulting on staffing and placement issues.
Jason Kantor and his wife Annie have been members of the Temple Sinai community since they relocated to Oakland from New York in 2002. Jason serves both on the Board of Trustees and the Finance Committee. Trained as a biologist, Jason now works in the finance industry as a biotechnology analyst. Jason's three children are Emma, Sophie, and Isaac.
Moss Kardener and his family have been members of Temple Sinai since 2001 and Moss has served on the Board of Trustees since late 2012. He is a marketing consultant who focuses on brand strategy, branding and positioning for consumer companies and their products. Moss created and now heads the Gallery Sinai Fine Arts Committee. Previously, he produced Grapes & Giving, a temple wine tasting event, and has served on the Home of Eternity Cemetery committee. Moss participates in a Temple Sinai-sponsored men’s group and a family chavurah, along with his wife, Renée, who runs the synogague’s library. Moss and Renée live in Oakland and have two children, both of whom received their religious educations at Temple Sinai.Adrienne Kirschner and her family have been members of Temple Sinai since 2011. Adrienne is the President of the Preschool Parent Committee, has been active in Social Action, and a member of the Women of Temple Sinai. Her son Shai attends Temple Sinai Preschool and her daughter Tali is a recent graduate. Her husband, Jeff, is a member of the Temple Green Committee. Adrienne holds a BA in Liberal Arts from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from Texas A&M University. While Adrienne worked for over a decade in the IT industry, focusing on project management and post-merger integration, her current focus is family and volunteer work. Larry Kluger - Bio Forthcoming
Terry Kramer, his wife Suzan, and two kids, Sara and Zach have been members of Temple Sinai since 1999. Terry joined the Board in 2013. Terry has a 25 year career in telecommunications, 18 years of which with Vodafone/AirTouch/PacTel in a variety of executive positions in the U.S. and abroad. More recently he worked for the U.S. Department of State negotiating a telecommunications and internet treaty. Most recently, Terry has been teaching at UCLA's Anderson School of Management as a Distinguished Visitor and sits on the boards of several technology companies as well as the boards of the World Affairs Council of Northern CA, Larkin Street Youth Services and Harvard Business School's California Research Center.
CeCe Langs and her husband Richard joined Temple Sinai in 1970. Rabbi Broude officiated at the baby naming of their daughter as well as her bat mitzvah. CeCe has served on the Bulletin Committee and several ad hoc committees over the years and has chaired the New Member Welcome Committee since 2009. She enjoys the Adult Ed programs and Sunday morning series. CeCe and Richard went on congregation tours to Cuba and Israel with Rabbi Chester, two "trips of a lifetime."
Ricki Oleon and her husband, Glenn, have been members of Temple Sinai since 1978. Ricki was a T.S. religious school teacher and youth group advisor during the late 70's. She has served as the Women of Temple Sinai President, Youth Committee Chair, as well as serving on the Education, Social Action, Green and other Temple Sinai committees. Ricki has also served as Women of Reform Judaism District President, WRJ (Women of Reform Judaism International) Board Member and WRJ Executive Committee Member. Ricki and Glenn's 3 children (Jessica, Hilary and Michael) are Temple Sinai Religious School and Midrasha graduates as well as having b'nai mitzvahs at Temple Sinai. They were all campers and staff at Camp Newman as well as actively involved in NFTY. Jessica is a rabbi (and was recently married to Ross), Hilary is a psychiatric social worker and Michael is a puppeteer. Professionally, Ricki is a Learning Specialist and adjunct instructor, mentoring educators clearing their special education credentials. Glenn was previously an Alameda Superior Court Commissioner and currently a private mediator, specializing in family law.
Rafael Sands, the Board's Youth Representative, has been involved in the Temple since he was two years old. He went through the Temple's Preschool, graduated from the religious school, had his Bar Mitzvah, and was confirmed at Temple Sinai. He is now active in Oakland Midrasha, a Jewish youth program held at Temple Sinai on Tuesday nights and has built a lasting network of friends within the Temple. He has an older brother, Nate, and a younger sister, Gabby, both of whom are also involved in Temple activities. His parents, Carolyn (who was converted at Temple Sinai) and Michael, have enjoyed seeing him develop in his Jewish studies and have made a number of friends along the way as well.
Helena Weiss-Duman, her husband Dan, and two sons Cole and Sam, have been Temple Sinai members since 2006. She currently serves on the Development Committee and co-chairs the Exploring the World of Judaism Committee. Previously, she chaired Mitzvah Day for three years and served on the Education Committee. Professionally, she is the Director of External Relations and Office of Protocol at UC Berkeley. She and her husband own a precision metal fabrication business.