Sam Schuchat 

and his wife, Ilana DeBare, have been members of the Temple since 1993, where their daughter Rebecca was Bat Mitzvah in 2007. Sam grew up in Washington DC, where his parents founded Temple Micah, a Reform synagogue. Sam has served two terms on the Board, including stints as chair of the Personnel Committee and as Treasurer. After leaving the board he continued to serve on the Finance Committee, and he has served on Lech L’Cha, the Organizational Review Task Force, Im Tirzu, the recently concluded Senior Rabbi Search, and is currently involved in the search for a new Executive Director. Sam has been part of the Mizmor Shir! band for years, and plays harmonica and saxophone occasionally at other services as well. When not volunteering at Temple Sinai, Sam is the Executive Officer of the California State Coastal Conservancy. He has held this post for 15 years, and has worked in the environmental movement in California and nationally for over 25 years.



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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. 




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Matti 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. 





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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." 






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Joan Waranoff 

has been a member of Temple Sinai since 1987 where her two children, Katherine and Andy, attended Religious School. Joan currently serves as chair of the Technology Task Force and is on the Capital Campaign/Yesod leadership team. She is also a member of the Development Committee, the Finance Committee, and the Administrative Planning Committee. Prior to retirement, Joan worked in the health insurance industry in medical informatics. In her free time, she enjoys painting and yoga.







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Jon Braslaw 

has been a Temple Sinai member since 2003, when he blended with his wife, Robin Flagg, who has been a member since 1998.  They have 4 kids. In addition to his Board service, Jon is a member of the Finance Committee and the Green Committee.  Jon is a senior manager with Recology, an environmental services company based in San Francisco. He also chairos the Board of Friends of the Urban Forest, a San Francisco, non-profit environmental organization.







Emmett Koehler 

has been a part of the Temple Sinai community since 2013; attending his first Mizmor Shir! service shortly after moving to Oakland from Washington DC. Emmett serves as the co-chair of Atid, the Temple Sinai Young Adults' Group, as well as helping to plan the Community Passover Seder for the last two years. Emmett currently works as a Federal civil servant. He is a graduate of Purdue University with a BA in Political Science and English. While Emmett has neither a spouse nor children, he does share his home with a cat, Bruno, and a dog, Hank. 







Jennifer Alderman 

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Liz Daoust 

and her husband Mark have been members of Temple Sinai since 2014, when the first of her three daughters started at the preschool.  Now her two younger daughters attend preschool and her oldest attends religious school; she is currently the President of the Preschool Parent Committee where she spearheads community building and fundraising efforts.  Liz has served as a team captain for the Yesod Campaign and also began studying for her bat mitzvah with Rabbi Mates-Muchin this year.  She is a former middle school teacher and administrator, and currently works part-time in educational recruiting.



Robert Einspruch 

and his family joined Temple Sinai in 2008 after moving to Oakland from Austin, TX. His engagement with the temple grew as his children progressed through Temple Sinai Preschool. In addition to the Board of Trustees, Robert serves on the temple's Finance Committee. Robert is currently a Senior Producer at PopCap Games (an Electronic Arts company) where he makes family-friendly games for mobile phones and tablets. Robert earned a BA from Vassar College and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Robert lives in Oakland with his wife and three daughters.



Ben Galison 

has been a Temple Sinai member since 2011 with his wife, Sabrina Hollander, and their daughter, Ellie.  His daughter attended Temple Sinai Preschool and now attends Temple Sinai Religious School. Ben served on the Technology Task Force for two years prior to joining the Board in 2016, and continues on the Technology Committee.  Ben works at Salesforce, where he leads a professional services team helping customers with software adoption. He earned a BA from St. John’s College and an MBA from UCLA Anderson.  Ben and his family live in Oakland.   



Richard Hart 

has been a member at Sinai since 2000 and has somehow attended over 600 Torah Study mornings. Aside from wrestling with our texts, Richard is also the chair of Sinai Green, the group which brings you Havdallah Hikes, Tu b’shvat seders, clearly marked wasteins and the annual Holiday Dinner Drive with Dan McClosky. Richard is married with one daughter.




Melissa Heller 

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Neil Jacobson

and his wife Denise have ben 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 attendee 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.






Jacob Levine

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Tom McCleary 

and his wife, Jill, have been members of the temple since 2002. Tom currently serves on the Finance Committee (4 years) as well as the Technology Task Force for the past year. Both of Tom’s daughters received their religious education at Temple Sinai. Tom’s relationship with Judaism continues to be a journey-starting with meeting Jill, formalizing with his conversion during his second year of Business School in Evanston, IL, and continuing to grow with his commitment to the Sinai community. Tom and his family actively support the Alameda County Community Food Bank. Tom is an executive with in the Products and Technology group.




Susan Rosenthal 

has been a member of Temple Sinai with her husband, Howie Perlin, since 2000. She has served on the Education Committee, Adult Education Committee and Personnel Committee. Her son, David, became a Bar Mitzvah in 2006 and she was part of the Adult B’Not Mitzvah Group of 2015. Susan went to Israel with Rabbi Chester in 2008 and has taken many classes at Temple Sinai. Professionally she is a union representative for public sector employees and is actively engaged in locally progressive political work. The great joy in her life is her granddaughter, Lilia.




Frances Rotolo

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Bart Schenone

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Sydney Firestone Schimmel 

and her family have been Temple Sinai members since 1993.  Her two daughters attended Religious School and Midrasha and became b’nai mitzvah at Temple Sinai.  Sydney became an adult bat mitzvah in 2010.  She has served on the board of the Women of Temple Sinai as Treasurer and, now, as a liaison to the Temple board.  She is also on the board of the Pacific District of WRJ as its budget committee chair. Sydney is a retired Deloitte director, where she was a forensic accountant in its Financial Advisory Services practice.  Sydney serves on other regional not-for-profit boards as well, including the Alameda County Community Food Bank.  







Debra Schoenberg

and her family joined Temple Sinai when they relocated to the Bay Area in 2009. Her daughter attended Sinai’s preschool and her son became a Bar Mitzvah at the Temple in 2014, and they both attend Sinai’s religious school. Debra is the chair of the Temple Sinai Capital Campaign and is a member of the Development Committee.  Prior to relocating to California, she lived on the East Coast and was the president of the Board of her congregation. She is the owner and principal attorney of the Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C., a boutique Family Law firm in San Francisco. Outside of work and Temple, she sits on the Regional Board of the New Israel Fund, is a member of Berkeley Rep’s Corporate Council, and sings with the San Francisco Bach Choir.






Karen Tanner

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Philip Witte 

and his family have been members of Temple Sinai since 2003. Phil served on the fundraising committee for Midrasha, and is a member of both the Temple Brotherhood and a Temple Sinai men’s group. Phil has presented programs at Temple Sinai and other synagogues, and has assisted the temple’s Fine Arts Committee. Daughter, Margot, graduated from the temple’s religious school and Midrasha, and served as a student representative on the Midrasha board. Phil’s wife, Rebecca Schnier, is an architect. Phil is also on the Alumni Committee for Princeton University and volunteers for Princeton-in-Asia. In addition to his career as a cartoonist and humor writer, he is a partner at the law firm of Morison & Prough, LLP in Walnut Creek, and has received awards for his pro bono legal work. 




Erik Zwerling

and his wife, Christine, have been members of Temple Sinai since 2008.  Their two boys, Xander and Levi, graduated from Temple Sinai Preschool (TSP) and attend Temple Sinai religious school.  Erik has been a panel member of the Vision & Planning Task Force since March 2015.  Erik has been in the interactive entertainment industry since 1995. He is currently Senior Manger, Production at RockYou, a free-to-play game publisher and video advertising provider, based in San Francisco.