Our Leadership

About Our Rabbi

Rabbi Marc Ekstrand

Marc Ekstrand

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.

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About Our Cantorial Soloist

Cantorial Soloist Sherry Barnes

Sherry Barnes
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 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.

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2021-2022 Executive Board


Andrew Parad
President’s Monthly message
1st Vice President

Armi Rowe
VP of Buildings
and Grounds
VP of Religious Practices
Claire Warren

John Murphy
Financial Secretary Bruce Goldstein
Recording Secretary Jo Michaelson
Corresponding Secretary Deborah Linder
Past President

Jo-el Fernandez

3 Year Trustees

Rebecca Haynes Marcia Reinhard

2 Year Trustees

Michael Barnett Michele Caton
Jonathan Rowe Janine Sitko


1 Year Trustees

Robbin Alpert Susan Cramer
Amy Perry Shoshana Weiss

Committee Chairs

Membership Armi Rowe
Social Action

Karen Bloustine
Sybil Nassau


Susan Fornara

Religious School Committee Chair Needed
Sisterhood President

Barbara Senges

Brotherhood Co-Presidents

Rich McCaffrey
Nathaniel Rowe


Edee Smith

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