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  • Our Leadership

    2016-2017 Executive Board

    Sean Bendick


    Jonathan Rowe

    Vice President

    Geoff Hausmann

    VP of Building & Grounds

    John Murphy

    VP of Fund Raising

    Jo-el Fernandez

    VP of Religious Practices

    Chris Rock


    Tom Smith

    Financial Secretary

    Deborah Linder

    Recording Secretary

    Elsa Freedman

    Corresponding Secretary

    Gail Weber

    Immediate Past President


    3 Year Trustees

    Mike Roseman

    Barbara Luftglass-Morea

    Sue Fornara

    Ellen Gottfried


    2 Year Trustees

    Regina Magnus-Aryitey

    Caren Linden

    Rachel O'Brian

    Armi Rowe


    1 Year Trustees

    Brian Alpert

    Sam Winograd

    Scott Wolfe

    Scott Zettler


    Committee Chairs

    Barbara Senges


    Gary Freeman
    Marty Zeldis

    Social Action

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    Marc Ekstrand


    About Our Rabbi:

    Rabbi Marc Ekstrand joined the Temple Emanu-El community in July 2016. He is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and also spent many years living in the Greater Cincinnati area. Rabbi Ekstrand came to the rabbinate by way of his first career as an engineer in the steel industry. He was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in May of 2016. Rabbi Ekstrand served student pulpits in Parkersburg and Bluefield, West Virginia and Portsmouth, Ohio during his time at HUC-JIR. Rabbi Ekstrand enjoys studying Hebrew poetry, modern Israeli history, Jewish mysticism, and liturgy. Rabbi Marc comes to the area with his partner Polly Berg, and their twins Nava and Ilan. You will also see his boys Michael and Aaron from time to time.


    עֲשׂוֹת מִשְׁפָּט
    וְאַהֲבַת חֶסֶד
    וְהַצְנֵעַ לֶכֶת

    Do Justice, Love Goodness,
    Walk Humbly with your God

    Rabbi Ekstrand can be contacted by e-mail.

    Cantorial Soloist Sherry Barnes

    Sherry Barnes

    Cantorial Soloist

    About Our Cantorial Soloist:

    Sherry Barnes joined Temple Emanu-El in 1987. In May of 1989 she became an adult bat mitzvah and began teaching in the Religious School that fall. In 2001 Sherry became Temple Emanu-El's first full-time Cantorial Soloist. She enjoys teaching an adult Hebrew classes, B'nai Mitzvah students, as well as congregants interested in chanting Torah. She has the pleasure of leading the Temple Emanu-El Choir. Sherry can be reached by e-mail.