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Executive Director Terrie Goren 
Terrie relocated from Madison WI where she completed her position as executive director of Temple Beth El (2016-2019). She also served as the executive director of the Madison Public Library Foundation (2007-2010), and Jewish Social Services of Madison (2010-2015). Prior to moving to Madison, Terrie lived in Allentown, PA where her past Jewish communal work included serving as the Lehigh University Hillel Director (2001 - 2006), president of Temple Beth El, Allentown PA (2002 – 2006), and other volunteer roles.

She has over twenty years of non-profit management experience in the Jewish community ranging from serving as a youth director, the director of a Hillel Society, Jewish Social Services, executive director of Temple Beth El and now Temple Sinai. She has a breadth of experiences to draw upon. Her strengths include fundraising, grant writing, strong fiscal management, establishing policies and protocols, organizational and leadership development and team building. Additionally, she has over thirty years of leadership and volunteer experience in community organizations.

Terrie is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE). She earned a BA in Labor Relations from Douglass College - Rutgers University, a teaching certification in early childhood and elementary education, and has done graduate work in counseling and human services.

Associate Executive Director Sarah Turtletaub
Sarah has been working in the Jewish world since 2010 in synagogues, Jewish day schools, JCCs and most recently, the Jewish Federation in San Francisco. She began her professional career in Sacramento as a general studies teacher by day and a youth director at multiple synagogues on evenings and weekends. From there, she moved to Israel and taught English in Beit She’an and ran English-based programming for adults and children in the community. Sarah next spent a year in London, England getting certified in life coaching and volunteering at the JW3. Most recently, she was a program director for Jewish youth programs in the Bay Area all while embarking on the journey of parenthood and having two children of her own. When she finds time, she loves to walk Lake Merritt, cook, read novels, do hot yoga, play guitar and play competitive board games. 

Director of Education Hadas Rave
Hadas grew up in the Midwest, the second of five children, to Israeli immigrant parents. After finishing her degree in Elementary Education at Warren Wilson College, North Carolina, Hadas made Aliyah to Israel and taught for nine years at the alternative Meitar School on Kibbutz Beit Oren. Upon her return to the United States, she spent fourteen years at the Contra Costa Jewish Day School in Lafayette, teaching Hebrew and Judaic studies in K-8, coordinating the schoolwide service learning curriculum and leading the Israel education program. Hadas served CCJDS as their Director of Jewish Life for seven years and spent this past year consulting for the school as a Jewish Life Resource Specialist. Her primary role in the 2022-23 school year was with Congregation B’nai Shalom in Walnut Creek as their Director of Youth and Family Education. She holds a Masters Degree in Jewish Education from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and was the 2017 recipient of the Helen Diller Family Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. She loves spending time in nature with her husband, Eyal, and her three children, Omri (20), Naama (18) and Noga (14).

Interim Director of Early Childhood Education Molly Peritore
Molly holds a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from The Evergreen State College and a Masters in Early Childhood Education Leadership from American Jewish University. She has been in the field of early childhood education for 19 years primarily in the bay area Jewish early childhood community. Before coming to Temple Sinai, she was a teacher at the JCC early childhood center in San Francisco. For the last six years she has been the ECE Associate Director here at Temple Sinai. She is a fellow of the SF Bay Area Jewish Early Childhood Education Leadership Institute. She is passionate about coaching and mentoring teachers and has shared her knowledge and expertise with colleagues from around the bay area. She formally mentored teachers new to the field through the Jewish Federation and Endowment Fund ECE internship program. She finds inspiration in using Jewish values to guide her work with children, staff and families. Outside of school, Molly enjoys watching sports, cooking, and exploring the outdoors with her husband and twin daughters.

Organist/Accompanist/Choir Director George Anton Emblom
George Anton Emblom began serving as Organist-Choir Director of Temple Sinai in 1995.  He supports Cantor Keys in her musical vision and provides keyboard accompaniment for various services. He also leads the Temple Sinai Volunteer Choir and the professional High Holy Day Choir, and he is a member of the Guild of Temple Musicians which is the Reform organization for synagogue soloists and musicians.

George also serves as Director of Music at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Director of Chapel Music and Lecturer in Church Music at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (Episcopal), and instructor of organ at UC-Berkeley. He is an member of the Association of Anglican Musicians, having served as a director-at-large, a member of professional concerns committee, and most recently, treasurer. The Temple Sinai Choir regularly joins together with the choir of St. Mark’s in many joint interfaith services. As a testament to George’s passion for interfaith exchange, he recently offered a workshop to the Hymn Society of America entitled “Repairing the World through Shared Song.” An active member of the American Guild of Organists, George served as dean of the Greater Kansas City Chapter, the San Francisco Chapter (1997-1999 and 2000-2012) and he served as chair of worship for the Region IX AGO Convention.

George's solo recital performances have included recitals at St. Mark’s, Berkeley, St. Thomas Fifth Avenue, Westminster Abbey, and Grace Cathedral. He has also accompanied services in Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; Ely, St. Mary’s, Edinburgh; Southwell Minster, and Westminster Abbey. As a singer, he has sung services in the cathedrals of Durham, Chichester, Norwich, Coventry, Winchester, and Bristol. As a conductor, he has conducted services in St. George’s, Windsor, Chichester, Clare College – Cambridge, Bury-St. Edmunds, Gloucester, Salisbury, Truro, Norwich, and Wells.

George graduated with distinction from St. Olaf College and the Conservatory of Music of the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

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